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In school she is working on responding to different stimulation and focusing her eyes on one object at a time, and at therapy she is doing range of motion stretches, standing, and several other things.
Frederick has low muscle tone, and he has been diagnosed with developmental delays. He is capable of feeding himself (but he makes a mess!) and just needs more practice to develop that skill. There is concern about core muscle development, but Frederick works hard, so it is believed that he may be able to walk some day.
Frederick is a hard-working little boy who wants to develop his skills. He has developed friendships with some of the other kids in the orphanage (both able-bodied and special-needs kids). He responds well to physical therapy, and in just a couple of months he progressed from simply lying on a mat to attempting to stand and taking small steps. Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together.
He can get in and out of his chair and bed by himself, and can independently move around in his wheelchair. He wears diapers and still needs help with eating. There is a very funny video of some things Carlton can do if you would like to see more.
This sweet boy deserves a loving family who can provide him with care and support as he continues to grow and progress.
Update Jan 2015: Breckin has cerebral palsy, but he can sit up and stand with assistance. He can even take a few steps if you hold onto his hands. He has been receiving regular therapy and loves this time. Breckin is making great improvements – he now has a modified crawl that he uses to get all around his house and can quickly move to wherever he wants to be. He can also pull himself up to stand and does this often. Breckin does not yet feed himself, but he has practiced holding his own spoon and sippy cup and has made great progress. Breckin is a happy little guy who loves to play.
February 2020 Update: Tricia is a happy girl with lots of energy. She speaks her native language and English in simple sentences. She has classes every morning that includes learning the alphabet, colors, and simple words and their meanings. She has a difficult time concentrating for long periods of time so she has breaks where she listens to her favorite songs and dances around the house. Tricia loves listening to music, painting, and picking out her prettiest outfits for the day. You can find her most days jumping on the trampoline, spending time with her best friend, and/or drawing on any piece of paper she can find. Tricia thrives on individual attention and craves the love of being called daughter and having her very own family.
Tricia is a sweet, happy girl who loves dancing, music, and jumping on the trampoline. She loves to be with her caregivers, the other girls in her home, and is very friendly with new people. She is very affectionate. She struggles with writing her alphabet and therefore does not enjoy it very much. She is interested in fashion and looking her cutest in a pretty dress with a flower in her hair. She has lots of energy to run around and jump up for a hug. She has a sweet voice and likes to show you her work. She is very motivated by adult attention and is learning boundaries with adults she doesn’t know well. She desperately asks for a family.
Rebekah feeds herself independently and calls people by name. She can identify objects and colors. She is independent in indicating her needs and independent in her self care. She is attending on site school where she can write numbers 1 to 200. She loves counting things. She knows and writes all of her upper and lower case letters. She is reading and writing 3 letter words. She can spell her name. She doesn’t want to miss out on what is happening, she is eager to be a part of the fun. She enjoys sitting with adults and telling stories. She loves to color, draw and write. She is proud to be a helper and to be independent. She is working on pre-vocational skills of washing dishes and sweeping and fine motor skills like beading, threading, and cutting with scissors. She is well liked by all the staff and is helpful in the home. She has several very close friends with whom she gets all very well.
Because of his oral motor challenges, he cannot speak and is on medication to control drooling. No seizures. He does classes every day at home with his tutor. He is very social and loves to be around other children. He is bright and learns a lot, when he applies himself. He knows the full English alphabet in ASL and knows many words. He communicates mostly in single words in ASL, as well as simple sentences like I want… He is potty trained day and night. He craves 1 on 1 attention and cries when the younger children get adopted and he has to say goodbye. He likes to be silly and play jokes. He likes to be a helper and enjoys doing chores. He is sensitive and his feelings are easily hurt. He can get frustrated by lack of ability to communicate and be understood. He would thrive in an environment where sign language is understood.
Jan 2019 Update: In March 2018, due to increasing hip pain and subluxation of her hip joints, Molly underwent a major double hip surgery: femoral derotation and osteotomy to correct the alignment of her hips and femurs. She was in a spica cast (immobilizing her hips and knees) for over a month. She then spent much of the year re-gaining the strength and movement that she had lost while immobilized. She is a fighter and persevered through significant discomfort over the past year. She maintained her joyful, sweet spirit throughout! Molly celebrated her 12th birthday in December. She was very excited to receive a new traditional dress for the occasion and to get henna designs drawn on her arms. She loves getting fancy and looked so gorgeous! Molly was also very enthusiastic about her cake as she loves all sweets. Over the past year, Molly developed a new interest in make-up and will request to wear it by reaching up and rubbing her hand on her lips and cheeks. She also was introduced to the movie “Frozen” and it has become a favorite. She will “sing” (vocalize) along to favorite songs such as “Let it Go”. Molly may not stand out as one of the youngest or one of the sickest, but she is so worthy of a family. She would be a beautiful addition to a family and a beloved daughter, sister, and cousin.
July 2020 Update: Molly has had a great summer! She is enjoying her classes where she is working on following patterns, reading, categorizing items, and using alternative communication and sign language to engage in pretend play. Molly’s teenage sass is undeniable! She is very insistent when she wants to watch a new movie or when she wants her make-up done. She also gets so excited whenever a new dress is brought to her home and she is persistent to have her photo taken and shown to everyone! She loves being with the little kids of the home, especially helping an adult to push them in the swing or dancing with them sitting in her lap on her wheelchair.
Melanie enjoys playing with musical toys, toys that stack, toys with small parts that fit inside, trying to trace letters with chalk, and throwing and trying to catch balls. Able to concentrate on one toy for a sustained period of time. Follows directions well. Prefers soft solid foods and favorite food is eggs. Loves the beach. She can go up and down stairs by herself holding the railing. She enjoys being with other people and is friendly with adults and children.
March 2020 Update: Melanie is working on a number of daily living skills. She is eating independently, able to wash her hands with verbal prompts, and working on other skills such as getting dressed independently. She is able to identify colors as well. Melanie is currently working towards the goals of saying her name, drawing shapes, and increasing her sounds and words.
February 2020 Update: Julie is just as friendly as ever! When people she knows or visitors enter the room, she grins from ear to ear and calls them over to say hi. Julie is a girl who can make everyone laugh! She is spunky, funny, and oh, so sassy. Julie continues to work on her letters, numbers, shapes, and colors in class. She can now count to 10, she can identify 15% of the English alphabet, and identify basic colors. She is bonded to her primary caregiver and gets along with the other children in her home. She loves to hold babies and play with other children her age. She can sit independently and crawl. She receives physical therapy 5 times a week where she working on tall kneeling and strengthening her back muscles. She can bear weight on her legs during physical therapy with the help of AFOs. Julie had hip surgery in July 2019. She is working daily with her physical therapist to regain strength in her legs, core, and arms. Through a variety of exercises, she is sitting independently again and has started to crawl. Julie also stands with assistance while wearing AFOs during therapy. Julie is one tough cookie and she is working hard to be even stronger than she was before.
Julie is funny and sassy. She is a friendly child and always greets visitors with a big smile and waves them over to say hello. She has good use of her hands and is able to complete tasks such as feeding herself and is working on pre-writing skills. Julie attends an on-site school where she works with her teacher on learning her English alphabet and shapes. She can count up to 5 and identifies basic colors. Julie likes to look at books and play with toys, especially baby dolls and blocks. She speaks full sentences in her native language, and speaks 70 plus English words. She understands most of what is being said to her in both English and her native language. She is bonded to her primary caregiver and gets along with the other children. She loves to hold the babies and play with other children her age. She can sit independently and crawl. She receives physical therapy 3-4 times a week where she working on tall kneeling and strengthening her back muscles. She has recently started bearing weight on her legs during physical therapy with the help of AFOs. Julie is also in the progress of potty training and has been doing really well with this.
Esther speaks her native language fluently and understands some English. Her sentences in both languages are not clear and she needs the support of a speech therapist. She is on medication to control seizures and is seizure free. She tends to have trouble concentrating and attending to conversation. Social skills are delayed but she is well liked by the other girls and plays nicely. She has memorized her alphabet and numbers 1 to 200. She is writing four letter words neatly. She thrives from having adult attention and asks desperately when her family is coming. She is learning appropriate boundaries with strangers and tends to request hugs from any adult. Esther likes jumping on the trampoline, cuddling with caregivers, coloring, dancing and singing. Esther likes to be active with the other children in her house, but she also is comfortable entertaining herself with books and other quiet activities.
Aug 2020 Update: Most weekdays, after breakfast, Dinah spends time working on self-care skills.. She also has class where she works on a variety of skills, especially her gross motor and O&M skills. Dinah radiates joy and excitement when she dances!
From a family who met him in Summer 2015: He appears to be of normal size for his age. He He can focus for pretty significant amounts of time if the activity interests him. We are now able to sit and flip through entire books together, taking time to figure out what is going on from the pictures on each page. He has become very good at identifying the characters’ emotions from their facial expressions and makes reasonable guesses as to why they feel how they do. He is pretty stable when sitting. He’s not falling out of chairs or off of benches or anything. Sure, he falls sometimes when he runs, but the kid is running! He has been walking and running for a few years now; the boy dances! He might be slightly cognitively delayed for his age, but he is a very quick learner and strikes me as very intelligent. We have as normal of conversations as I imagine are possible with a 6 year old. He has impressed me recently with some clever remarks that are evidence of him thinking quickly and independently, rather than just just parroting what his caretakers say. His emotional control has improved vastly. He just needs a calm presence when frustrated. For example, we were working with buttons the other day, and when he started getting frustrated and saying he couldn’t do it, I just calmly told him that it’s hard, that he’s really close, and that he’s totally capable, and he was able to complete the task. Although he does still enjoy some solitary games, he’s becoming a lot more social. He always takes me around the yard to introduce me to people and knows everyone by name. He’s a pretty calm, happy guy, especially when there are calm, warm adults to help him get over little obstacles.
December 2014 UPDATE: A U.S. mom had these observations about Zeke: He’s a doll! He’s cheerful, helpful, and very friendly. Every time we entered the room he was the first to greet us (Labas!!). Zeke has a little issue with following directions. I don’t know him well enough to be able to distinguish if it was a willful issue or a cognitive issue. As far as I know he has FAS and possibly very mild CP effecting his legs/ Achilles’ tendon. Zeke is a very likable kiddo!
Update from a volunteer who spent extensive time with him: I met Zeke in the summer of 2010 while volunteering; in the years that I’ve known him, Zeke has made considerable physical, cognitive and emotional progress, and has become an active, curious, quirky, good-natured, and nurturing young boy. As his physical abilities have improved, he has become much more independent, both dressing and feeding himself. He does, however, need some direction and encouragement with these endeavors. Zeke best completes such tasks when given positive reinforcement and clear sequence of events to follow. For example, if simply given a pile of clothes, he often has trouble focusing his attention. It is more effective to ask him what he needs to do first, second, and third, and to tell him how quick/good he is when he has completed a step in the sequence. If he is feeling unmotivated, it can be helpful to tap into his nurturing side (ex. “Put your socks on! Your feet will get cold and wonder why you didn’t dress them!”) or to incentivize him with tickling—his favorite activity in the world. In the past year, Zeke has become an avid performer, bravely singing in dancing during musical lessons and performances in the children’s home. Even half a year ago, he would need a bit of coaxing to get up and join the other children in song. During this year’s holiday show, however, when the music teacher asked for volunteers to stand up and perform, Zeke was the first to rise to the challenge. He also really enjoys musical children’s films, often performing the routines from memory during playtime. One of his favorite toys is a little piano with a microphone into which he sings his favorite songs. Zeke has a few other favorite games, which mostly revolve around caretaking and repetition. For instance, following the examples of the caretakers, he feeds, bathes and swaddles dolls, making sure to lovingly and carefully execute these tasks in the correct order each time; when waiting for the thermometer to show the doll’s temperature, he pets her head, rocking her back and forth. Another current favorite of his is petting me and telling me not to cry in a concerned, soft voice. After establishing that he has comforted me, he gets in his toy car, wishes me all the best, drives around the room, and comes back to take care of me again. Zeke has also grown to love animals, and when given the chance to be with a dog or horse, he always pets them, sweetly telling the animals that they are good and that he loves them. Zeke is an incredibly nurturing, loving child, and delights in physical affection. He loves to be petted and hugged, and gladly returns the favor. He is very concerned with maintaining good relationships with the adults in his life and is sensitive to admonition. If he is beyond the point of being motivated by positive reinforcement, a serious look and stern voice usually suffice. If he sees that he has accidentally hurt me, he becomes quiet and sad, and seeks reassurance that everything is ok. Zeke is less sensitive with respect to the children around him, as he is possessive of his favorite toys and the other children habitually seek what another has. In the last few months, however, Zeke has made a great deal of progress expressing his emotions and restraining himself when he gets upset. Whereas he would previously go after the child to repossess his toy, I have consistently responded by wrapping an arm around him, telling him that we will all gladly help him if he calmly explains to us what is wrong, and he is now much better at seeking our help and articulating his feelings. When he is agitated, it’s best to take a calm, light-hearted approach to ease the tension; he thinks it’s hilarious when adults copy his little squeals and shenanigans, so he usually laughs if I playfully copy his whining, which gets him out of his rut and allows us to calmly seek a solution. All in all, Zeke is a joyful, enthusiastic, loving child who responds to physical affection, positive reinforcement, and clearly established expectations. He has a friendly attitude towards new people, and seeks a great deal of hugs from the adults in his life. I have the utmost confidence that with patient, gentle and loving guidance, Zeke will continue to grow into a capable, kind young man who will enrich the lives of those around him. In the five years that I’ve spent with Zeke, he has certainly filled my life with more love than I could have possibly imagined.
Talbot was diagnosed at a few months of age as having feeding issues, failure to thrive, left congenital ptosis, laryngomalacia and supraglotoplasty. According to a October 2011 developmental report, he was delayed in cognition, language, & gross and fine motor skills. He attends weekly occupational and language therapy classes, showing improvement in the past few months. He is able to walk on his own and at the time of the assessment, he was working on climbing stairs. His appetite has picked up and he enjoys eating noodles and biscuits among other foods.
Talbot will do well in a family who is patient, has time to work on developmental growth through play and exploration, and able to access early intervention services.
Riley is very emotional. He seeks contact with other persons and obviously expresses joy when he is provided with individual attention. He most often communicates by mimicking, but he has started to speak – still his articulation is not correct, his language comprehension still has some limits. Sometimes he has difficulty during the eating time, and needs assistance with hygiene/self-care. His balance and coordination is disturbed. Riley has difficulty to follow the rules and order in the group. Riley’s behavior sometimes distracts other children’s activities. He has been observed to have self-aggression. His mood changes often.
Updated: Noelia is a tiny bit shy upon meeting strangers, but quickly loosens up. She smiled non stop during our whole visit, and loved playing with my phone to look at the pictures I took of her. She seems very bright! Noelia proudly showed us her bedroom, where she sleeps alone. She loves ponies! We brought her a “my little pony” type toy and she was thrilled. She took us upstairs to her room and put the pony with another one she already had there.
She walks alone without help, unless on stairs where she needs to hold on. She was not wearing any kind of leg brace. She is left handed and can write her name! When I picked her up, she gently pushed my hair back from my face.
Merlin was born at 35 weeks gestation. After birth, he was diagnosed with ventricular and atrial septal defect and patent ductus arteriosus (large). He received several operations. At the age of 2 years, Merlin received frenulum incision due to his speech development delay. He has since been evaluated for speech, cognitive, and motor development. He began receiving therapy for his delays and was evaluated as having moderate intellectual deficiency. He continues to receive therapy while residing in the orphanage. Physically, Merlin has a wide nasal bridge, eyelids slanting downwards, big thumbs, wide gaps between his fingers, and conditions of short attention, motion disharmony, and blurred pronunciation.
UPDATE SEPT 2013: The girl is well disposed towards school: she already can sit by the table with help completes the tasks, for a short time started to concentrate her attention to the task she is interested in. She is able to complete the task if proper motivation is provided. Still the girl’s activities in general are chaotic, non-meaningful and in consecutive order. She understands short instructions. General knowledge about herself and environment still are limited. She can show some items in her surrounding environment. Speaks in sounds/words, short words which needs the correction; is able to express her wishes, emotions, understands when misbehaved and comes close to a person and touches saying sorry and expressing her apology. She always asks when need to go to the bathroom and walks accompanied by the teacher‘s assistant. Her hygiene skills needs to be improved, but they are in place. The school bus takes Maddie from care institution and brings her back.
Jovan is a very good boy, likes to be closed to a person, communicates with social worker, is sensitive. He has good memory, likes to tell stories and is very happy when the care giver is listening to him and asks questions as he likes to answer the questions. Is able to learn a short poem by heart, likes to play and participate at the musical activities. Has a very good sense for rhythm, dances. Likes to work with puzzles, and coloring books. Can name animals, colors, knows letters and numbers, is very noticeable and polite. But sometimes is upset and stubborn, it is observed if communication with him is gentle his stubbornness disappears and he becomes of a very good mood.
Hailey is described by her caregivers as mild, positive, vivacious and well-behaved. She’s small for her age, wears glasses and has a small vocabulary. She’s easily distracted but has made great improvement in comprehension. Hailey’s a warm-hearted girl who finds pleasure in helping others. She remembers her birth family but is excited to start a new life with an adoptive family—as long as she isn’t separated from her brother.
Hugh is filled with curiosity about the world, often asking “why?” He speaks well and is reported to cooperative and able to follow rules. Like his big sister, he’s easily distracted but he works hard on his schoolwork. He attends primary school and mixes well with the other kids his age. His caregivers describe him as a good boy, energetic and usually happy. He’s been very clear he wants to be adopted with his sister.
Ainsley: allergic rhinopathy. Deformation of nasal septum. OD ptosis (operation in July 2014). Exotropia secundaris. Clumsy child syndrome (has improved). Dyslalia. Posture disorders (has improved). X-shaped legs (has improved). Umbilical hernia. Allergic dermatitis.
Aimee: unspecified speech and language development disorders. Other emotional disorders. Dyslalia. Asymmetrical posture. X-shaped legs. Umbilical hernia. Naevus pigmentorum thoracis. OU hypermetropia.
Ainsley has brown eyes and dark brown hair; she is two years younger than her brother. Her results at school are very good, she is hard-working and one of the best scholars in the class. She sings in an ensemble, dances modern dances, draws, plays rugby and football. She also likes to cook, to work in the garden and to ride a bike. The girl is calm and a little bit shy, but strong-willed. The girl`s physical development has significantly improved because of recreative gymnastics, dancing and sports, she has no X-shaped legs anymore. She has good self-care skills, has no behavior problems or bad habits. She regularly attends speech therapist and recreative gymnastics in the out-of-family care institution.
Aimee has greyish-blue eyes and brown hair; she’s the youngest of the three siblings. She dances both modern and folk dances, sings in an ensemble and choir, draws, plays rugby and football. She also takes a part in cooking, rides a bike and does manual training. The girl likes animals very much. She has good self-care skills, has no behavior problems or bad habits. She regularly attends speech therapist and recreative gymnastics in the out-of-family care institution. Her physical development has significantly improved because of recreative gymnastics, dancing and sports, she has no X-shaped legs anymore. The girl is calm and a little bit shy.
From a family who has met them: Aiden is an awesome boy who is from my daughter’s orphanage. I spent quite a bit of time with him. He is quiet at first, but opens up over time. He likes to laugh, play soccer, and build things. He wants a dad to do things with him. He was polite and thankful while I was with him. It’s hard to watch his friends leave with families, and know that time is running out for him and his younger sisters.