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Families should be aware that her medical history says FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), as well.
They are said to be “very good boys”!
Hunter, the oldest, was born in March 2004: Hyperkinetic disorders/Hyperkinetic conduct disorder; Nonorganic sleep disorder/Emotional sleep disorder; Benign intracranial hypertension; Other specified diseases of gallbladder; Flat foot. Due to his age, he is now adoptable only with his younger brothers.
Hunter likes to eat a lot. He and his brother Forest have a lot of energy. He really likes to do arts and crafts and play games. Most of the time he has a very sweet disposition. He is very keen to interact with adults. That being said if an adult is too rough with him things will start to escalate. If an adult tries to swat at him or restrain him in someway he may attempt to bite. Hunter can speak pretty well but he can’t always communicate what’s going on with his emotions. Hunter responds best to strong male figures. An attentive dad is key to a positive adoption for him. He is in grade 4 here but he can’t read, write, do math, or anything like that right now. He is schooled by himself and school mostly consists of arts and crafts. He is not unintelligent but very delayed. He likes soccer. He would be great in an attentive family where he and his brothers will get much attention and where they will be by far the youngest children. I would adopt him myself if I could be as focused on him and his brothers as he needs a dad and mom to be and if we had the space for them along with our current 3. He enjoys picking fruit and cleaning in the orphanage. He is never been far from the orphanage and he is interested in coming to America. He has communicated that he really wants to come to America and really wants a papa.
Forest, the middle boy, was born in Aug 2006:
Mild mental delays; speech disorder
Forest likes to eat a lot. He does school the same way his brother Hunter does. He is considered to be in the second grade. Very sweet but also very active. Like his older brother, he needs to need a lot of attention to keep him from unintended harm. He likes to be outside. He has minor institutional self harming tendencies like scratching himself to leave marks. He does not do that a lot though. Forest loves to give hugs and kisses and hold hands with the adults.
Ridge, the youngest brother was born in Aug 2008
Stenosis of pulmonary artery; currently he does not require surgery. Tuberculin skin test – positive?
Ridge likes to clean. He was mopping the floor with an adult sized mop as I wrote this. He is a very small but sweet boy. He’s a very peaceful and charming child. He is not in school yet but he seems to be the most intellectual of his brothers. He will likely do better in school then his brothers when he gets the chance. He is so cute it is hard to imagine him spending another day without a family. When the boys orphanage shuts down Ridge will be separated from his brothers for several months because he is not old enough to go with his older brothers. I expect this will be a very traumatic time for him, so if a family could come for him as soon as possible that would be best. No family should hesitate to adopt these children as long as they are available to give the time and attention that these children deserve. If that is done the children will flourish.
From his medical records: spastic paraparesis with the dysfunction of the function of the pelvc organs. Deep mental delay, hypoplasia of the right testicle. Howell is able to control his bowels, but not his urine.
From an adoptive family who visited with her in Jan 2012: We saw Harriet today. She has the thickest, dark curly hair and beautiful eyes! She snuck out of the groupa room to come see us. I got to hold her for just a moment. She’s really tiny.
Update March 2014: Harold is very responsive and would copy my facial expressions. If I smiled, he smiled back…he would stick out his tongue when I did too. He would grasp my hand….so very sweet.
Lovely Harlowe! She needs physical therapy and a loving home.
Updated pic from summer 2019, he is being hosted in the US! Griffin is extremely sweet and affectionate. He shows a lot of intelligence and is very resourceful. He was understanding and speaking some English in the two weeks he was with us. He can walk and run, but would absolutely thrive with orthotics and physical therapy. He also managed stairs well, as long as there is a railing. His favorite things to do are swim (needs a life vest), jump on the trampoline, and listen to music. Oh, and eat, of course!
From two of the families that hosted him, we believe he would do best as the youngest and smallest child or as an only child. There was some aggression and anger in certain situations. We also believe there should be no animals in the home. Or caution with line of sight supervision.
He has mixed maturity and typically fell between 2-4 yrs old behaviorally and emotionally. Sometimes older, often younger. He completely deserves to be babied and spoiled and loved on. He would absolutely thrive and blow expectations out of the water.
Gretchen is a beautiful little girl who deserves a family of her own.
George has an older sister, Martha, born 2004: Severe mental delays
Martha does not react to her name, does not know colors, does not play with toys. Can feed herself, but is not adequate. She would eat banana with skin and candy with cover. She is not potty trained. Her speech is almost not developed.
There is a history of prior neglect; George has better development because he lived in the family less time than Martha, before they were removed.
Dorothy, born 2009; Healthy
Ezra has had a shunt placed, and is doing better. His adoption may necessitate consultations with medical personnel, to safely transport him home.
From someone who met Ezra in 2013: Ezra is absolutely precious! He is sweet and adorable and oh so lovable! He laughs when his toes are tickled, or when someone around him laughs or talks or sings to him. He often smiles or laughs so hard his chubby cheekers make his eyes close. He ha s learned to blow spit bubbles and coo. It is hard for me to tell if he is able to use his limbs normally, but he is able to move from his back to his side with little or no assistance. He has not yet learned to play with toys, but he has a very strong grip and enjoys holding my finger. I was told he can see, but not very well. I observed his eyes moving rapidly from side to side, and sometimes appearing to be looking in two different directions. In spite of this there were other times in which he appeared to be quite focused and looking right at us. He has absolutely stolen my heart, and I hope that he will find a family that can help him meet his full potential!
Eric has been transferred now . The daily suffering and mere existence is heart-wrenching. Try to imagine a life like this! Eric will remain bedridden for life… he needs a family quickly!
Overall, he is healthy and would do well in a family without smaller children. His upper body is quite strong and he has full use of his hands, fingers and arms, but he has little control or movement in his lower limbs and they are significantly smaller than his upper body. He can squeeze very tightly with his hands, and reach a full arm’s length with no problems even though his resting position is the one you see in the pictures. He does not talk, according to the caretakers but does make sounds to communicate. Cognitively, he has significant delays due to his history of spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He is very much still an infant in many ways.
He may have a sister a few years older in a different region who possibly could also be available for adoption or he could be adopted separately. She also has special needs.
She is much educationally delayed. She is pretty friendly and calm. But her memory is not good, and it is hard for her to remember any rhymes or poems.
This girl needs a patient family who will love her and care of her. She deserves it!
The one photo she is shown with her sister, who was born in 2002 & aged out (can no longer be adopted)
Her older sister, Lynn, was transferred from her orphanage due to her age. She was born in 2006. By orphanage social worker her older sister is VERY smart and beautiful, no SNs, very active in all performances. She has now been transferred again.
Both girls need a family asap!!! These 2 siblings are to be adopted together for sure.
They also have an older brother born in 2004. He is in the special school orphanage and has severe mental delays. Elliot will only be adoptable with his sisters.
If a family decides to adopt all 3 children it will be great! If they want only two younger siblings they are to be approved for 3 children and to get referral to meet ALL 3 siblings. Then if they decide not to adopt the oldest one we will do the best to “separate” them. I think it is possible, but we cannot guarantee it for sure. They have a younger brother as well, and he has already been adopted.
He can walk and likes music and playing with mobile phones. He likes watching TV and doesn’t speak much.
Elijah really responds well to a male caregiver — he needs a Papa of his very own!
From a missionary who visited in August 2014: ” A beautiful little boy. He is doing so much better, he loves to walk. He needs someone to hold his hand as is too scared to walk alone just yet. He still has some self harming behaviors and lets you know when he’s not happy! But most of the time he is calm and has the cutest giggle. “
From someone who met him summer 2013:
Elijah is a beautiful, sweet child. He is nonverbal but he occasionally makes some noises. Unfortunately, when I saw him he had to be restrained most of the time because he would hit himself and bang his head … hard. He now has a one-on-one caregiver, and I hear he is doing very well. Elijah likes to watch tv, and he loves musical toys. When you play music for him, he just lights up in a huge smile. He has an infectious laugh. While I was visiting, Elijah had surgery to fix a malfunctioning shunt. I was able to visit him in the hospital. The dedication of the man who is now his personal caregiver was amazing. Elijah can walk with support, and he loves to be held and cuddled. This little blond-haired child looks like an angel, and he would bring nothing but joy to a family’s life.
From a family who met him in March 2014: Easton is an incredibly cheerful little boy. The nannies told us that he is smart and talks with them, though we were also told that he is delayed. In fairness, Easton spends almost all of his time in a crib. He would either be sitting or laying when we saw him.
Easton always seemed to be very aware of what was happening around him. One day when a nanny was getting our son ready for his visit, we did a little dance behind her and Easton laughed. He would often smile brighter when we would wave at him across the room while picking up our son on our visits. I believe Easton would flourish in his own family.
Darina is facing the institution soon and will remain bedridden for life if she is not adopted.
Daphne was born with CP. She is not able to walk and is significantly cognitively delayed. She is described as an affectionate and responsive child, and she would so benefit from having a loving family of her own.
She is facing transfer very soon, and will remain bedridden if she is not adopted. More photos available