Waiting child highlight: Cerebral Palsy

All of these waiting children are listed with WACAP, contact them for more information or to review their files.

Jonathan is described by his nannies as an “adorable child who always has a smile on his face.” He was born July of 2008. He’s very curious about new things, out-going and friendly and never fights with other children. He gets along very well with the other children and likes to share his food and toys with others. Jonathan is diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, which affects his legs slightly, but he doesn’t let it slow him down. He used to have physical therapy, but he doesn’t have it currently. He walks, runs, goes up and down stairs, and joins in with all of the activities that his teachers organize. He plays with blocks, holds a pen, traces numbers, and colors pictures. He’s been living with a “stimulating family” since September 2013, and attending kindergarten at the institute. His teacher says that he has learned to sing children’s songs and ancient poems. When he was younger, Jonathan’s speech was unclear, and now his teacher reports that it’s greatly improved. He tries to pronounce words right when people correct his pronunciation. Now when he speaks a sentence only one or two words may not be very clear. This little boys’ favorite toys are cars and blocks; he’s also fond of pretending to feed small toy animals with a spoon. There is a $4000 grant available for families who qualify to assist with this adoption.

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Marcus is a darling four year old little guy, who appears very bright and inquisitive. He is not afraid of strangers. He likes to turn the pages of books, playing with toy cars. His caregivers say he likes to strike a “handsome” pose with his hand on his hair and his chin tilted up. His motor skills and cognitive abilities appear to be normal, though some of his speech is still unclear. Marcus can say many words, with only an occasional word or two that’s hard to understand. He has increased muscle tone in his fingers and left hand and in his lower limbs, and slightly drags his left foot when he walks (he has a normal plantar reflex with this foot). We were advised that he’s missing a piece of his skull bone in the area on head to the right of the midline, about 4 ½ cm wide and 2 cm long. His head circumference is 47.5 cm. His nannies feel that there are no noticeable differences in his behavior or development; that he can do what the other kids can, and they describe him as basically “normal.” There is a $4000 grant available for eligible families to assist with this child’s adoption.

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Maggie, born December 2002, likes to read and chat with her friends. She’s described as a smart little girl who is often smiling brightly. Maggie has cerebral palsy and has received a surgery at the base of her spine. Maggie attends a special school at the orphanage where she receives rehabilitation training. She’s made great progress and is able to do a lot of things on her own, taking care of dressing and other daily needs without help. Her report says she’s a “strong” girl who is doing as well as her peers at the special school. She’s been living in a foster home for the last five years. Because it isn’t easy for her to walk quickly, she uses a wheelchair to get to class. Are you the family who is ready to help her thrive? There is a $4000 Promise Child Grant available for families who qualify to assist with this adoption.

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Jillian is described as a pretty, smart, and obedient girl by her caregivers. She is clever and active and fairly extroverted. One of her favorite things is to play with her Barbie doll. She also enjoys listening to music and playing games. Jillian attends a special school at her orphanage for children with physical disabilities. She was born with cerebral palsy and has had surgery to the base of her spine. At first, due to her special need, she was unable to walk. Now she is able to walk with the help of a ladder back frame. Her left hand works better than her right hand, so she uses her left hand for most activities. She is continuing to receive rehabilitative therapy to help her improve. She is able to care for most of her own daily needs. She is currently living in a foster home where she does well. Jillian needs to be home with her family before she turns fourteen in February of 2015, when she’s no longer eligible for adoption. There is a $4000 Promise Child Grant available for families who qualify to assist with this adoption.

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Evan has been in institutional care since he was 2 years old. After reading his file, you might imagine what it would be like to be his parent. He’s a polite boy who’ll greet your guests and welcome them into your home. When you ask him what happened in school today he’ll tell you with a slight smile that he was praised by his teachers again. He’ll welcome a snack and a large glass of milk—he loves fruit like apples, bananas, pears, and watermelon, but he’s also enthusiastic about rice, noodles and meats. When it’s time for homework he’s motivated and finishes on time without being reminded. He’s a little shy, quiet and introverted, but just ask him about his favorite TV program “Animal World” and he opens up. If you want to hear him laugh out loud then get out the remote cars and watch him race them. If it’s raining out maybe he’d like to work on a puzzle with you. This is a boy with focus and patience who needs a work space to build his model ships, and he’ll clean it up when he’s finished. His appreciation of nature is reflected in his drawings of animals, flowers and grass. When you come into his room you’ll see his bed neatly made with the quilt all folded up. His clothes will be washed, his shoes clean and the floor will be swept. Evan has a slight difference in his upper right arm with a weaker grip in his right hand which doesn’t affect his daily life, so he’s never received physical therapy for it. There is a $4000 grant available for families who qualify to assist with this adoption.

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