There is a $3,000 agency grant for Chad’s adoption with the agency he is listed with. Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family’s circumstances. Agency grants are awarded as agency fee reductions.
Families who have visited the orphanage where he lives report that he is a very smart and friendly little boy. He is able to carry on a conversation and answer questions appropriately and plays hand held video games.
Update, 2016: Todd recently turned 9 years old. He engages in symbolic and role play, which includes the activities and roles typical for his environment (how a doctor’s visitation goes; how one gets medical supplies; how one organizes a birthday party; what happens during the lesson with the resource teacher). He knows the staff members. He takes the initiative in meeting new people. Todd eats independently. He eats common food. He chooses his clothes depending on the season and the temperature in the building. Todd leads a dialogue and asks a lot of questions.He loves telling stories and improvising depending on the specific interests of the person he is communicating with.
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Graham takes an active part in the housework at the home. He goes shopping on his own, sets and then tidies up the table, makes his bed, knows how to work the washer, hang and then collect the clothes and tidies his room. One of the main activities that he takes part in is cooking. He is able to cut different types of vegetables in small pieces and follow the instructions of the recipe. Graham prefers games involving physical activity. He looks for interaction with his peers. He likes to ride a bicycle and play hide-and-seek. Graham has been acquainted with the process of adoption. His attitude and opinion towards a possible adoption is positive.
Donations will not be accepted until a family is found for him.
He is very active, a kind of athletic, bossy.
Update June 2013: Vera is doing well! She looks good — but she still spends too much time in her crib. Vera needs a family!
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.
Nana is a precious little girl with sunshine blonde hair and blue eyes. Her medical records indicate prenatal alcohol abuse, resulting in severe CP and hydrocephaly.
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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.
Brody and Auggie
Auggie born March 2005: Rough mental delay, partial atrophy of eye nerves, cerebral palsy, Epilepsy-FAS
Stephen was in Riley’s groupa. We saw him a lot during our 7 weeks of visits. He stood out because he’s 7 yo and taller than the other kids in his groupa of mostly 4-5 yo’s. He is a SWEET, sweet boy. He has a great smile with dimples. He’s not overly active (not hyper). Very obedient/cooperative and follows instructions and the flow of the groupa well. An easy going kiddo. He doesn’t seem to have very significant needs. He functions very “typically”, maybe just mild delays. One thing I’ll never forget about Stephen… one time when we were invited to watch a performance the kids were putting on, we were one of the only people in the audience. He stood there, singing and doing the body motions to the production just as well as could be. He kept looking right at my husband and I like he was performing just for us. He just seemed to love having someone be there for him and encourage him, and nod and smile and let him know he was doing a good job. He was working so hard to do his best and he did so well! It was sweet and sad all at the same time….knowing we weren’t his mama and papa and he didn’t have anyone there to give him that recognition forever, that he so appreciated. He would make such a delightful son! We would have brought him home too but were only homestudy approved for one boy. He’s in a good orphanage that provides good care and services. But who knows where he’ll be transferred to when they no longer have space for him (he’s already over age.) I have pictures and video of him. Such a kind, happy little boy….he needs a family!!!
Samantha and Kristina
Kristina, on the left: Microcephaly, Moderate intellectual disabilities, ADHD (hyperactive), Esotropia, Hypermetropia, Cardiomyopathy (unspecified), Scoliosis