Waiting to be Chosen: Nani

March 30, 2017 Family Found, Liberty 6 Comments

It took waaaay too long, but adorable Nani’s file is finally complete. She is ready for her family to find her and bring her home! Nani is 5 years old and designated to Children’s House International.



Nani is talkative and likes to listen to music. She loves to sing! She likes to play games with her friends, but she can happily play on her own, too. She is close to her caretakers. She is tiny, and as cute as can be! If you look at this little face and think Nani could be your daughter, read on to learn her story.

Nani was found on a cold February evening in front of a book store. She was only four days old. Just a few months later, this brave little girl would face a 36 day hospital stay, where she would endure extensive reconstructive surgery for several lower limb orthopedic issues and a sacral meningomyelocele.



Just after Nani turned two years old, staff from Children’s House International visited her orphanage. Nani was wary of these strangers. Nani’s eyes were sad and she appeared to be underweight. And the strangers could sense – even though Nani was only two years old – that she was tired of having to show someone her leg… again. CHI staff were puzzled as to why she had not been registered already, but confirmed that, YES, she should be registered for adoption right away. She was adoptable! Unfortunately, it would take a further two years for her file to be complete.

While Nani waited, she did her best to adjust to life in an orphanage. She has blossomed into a beautiful little girl with the most endearing smile and sparkle in her eye. Her surgery was unable to completely straighten her knee, but Nani did not let that stop her from finding a way to walk with the help of a walker. Her caretakers describe her as determined – a quality that probably serves this sweet little girl well.

At last, Nani has the chance to find the family she needs.



A few quick notes about her medical condition and special needs: It would be noted at the time of her surgery that she had agenesis of the right kidney, but that is never mentioned again. Confirmation has been requested. Photos are included in Nani’s file and will give you a better understanding of her condition. Opportunities for appropriate treatment are not available to her now. She needs to come home. She needs a family to see past her differences and see only their beautiful child.



For more information about adopting Nani, please contact CHI China Team Specialist Nina Thompson.



6 responses to “Waiting to be Chosen: Nani”

  1. Roslyn Graham says:

    I’d take Nani in a heartbeat if I could afford to adopt. She’s absolutely gorgeous ❤️

  2. Kym McDonald says:

    I would be interested in learning more about adopting Nani! Can you give me more information about the process please?

  3. Carrie Hefner says:

    Do you know of any financial assistance that is available? That’s the only thing that stops me. We just can’t afford it.

  4. Angel n Jeff Jarvis says:

    Could we see her file ? What are the specifics to her need of a walker ?

  5. Collisha Davidson says:

    What a precious little girl. I would love more information on the adoption process, fees and continued care that is needed. God bless.

  6. gigi says:

    Sweet, sweet girl! If money is what is holding anyone back – there are many, many grant foundations that have money available for international adoption!!!! Don’t let that hold you back.

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