Find my Family: Donna

June 13, 2017 Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Five-year-old Donna is as cute as can be! Donna is a sweet little girl who likes singing and dancing (as you can see in her must-watch video). She greets her teachers when she sees them and her nannies say that all of her classmates and teachers like her.

Donna is diagnosed with hydrocephalus and has not received surgery. There are MRIs in her file. She was also diagnosed with a CHD (PDA). She has been receiving therapy twice a day for 40 minutes each session, which has helped her make big improvements.

She walks, goes up and down stairs, and speaks in short sentences. Donna has normal fine and gross motor skills. She loves playing with toy blocks and balls.

Donna is listed with Madison Adoption Associates and MAA has received a terrific update. Be sure to read the full report because it sounds like Donna is making wonderful progress. What a blessing this spunky little lady will be to a lucky family – could it be yours?

Videos of Donna (soooo precious!) can be found here and here – password is Adoptmaa.

Update from April 2017:

1. How is her mental ability compared to peers the same age?

2. How does the special need affect her health?
The hydrocephaly presses her nerves.

3. Is she potty trained?

4. Please describe her personality in details.
She is easygoing and understanding. She is happy and active. Sometimes she can be a little stubborn. For example, when she does something wrong and the teachers talk to her seriously, she will be unhappy. With guidance of adults, she will gradually calm down and correct her behavior.

5. Is she well behaved and obedient?
She is well behaved and obedient.

6. How are her gross motor skills? Can she walk, run, jump, and walk upstairs and downstairs by herself? Can she kick a ball? Can she pick up a ball? Any limited functions?
She can feed herself, wash her face, and go to toilet. She can walk, run, jump, walk upstairs or downstairs. But for her special need, she should avoid any fierce activities.

7. How are her fine motor skills? Can she draw or scribble on paper? Can she pick up little things with her fingers?
Her fine motor skills are fine. She can draw, scribble, and can pick up tiny things.

8. Is she in any kind of school? If so, what school? Can she catch up in school? She is receiving education in the special education center. She can catch up.

9. How is her emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is she close to? Does she care for other people?
Her emotional development is fine. She is attached to her caretakers and close to the other kids and teachers. She cares for other people.

10. How are her social skills? Does she get along well with other children and adults?
Good. She gets along well with other kids. Teachers and caretakers like her.

11. Is she under foster care or living in the orphanage?
In the orphanage.

12. Updated Measurements:
Height 97 cm
Weight 14 kg
Head circumference: 56 cm
Chest circumference: 52 cm
Foot Length: 13 cm
Number of teeth: 20

13. How is the language ability of the child? What can she say? Can she speak one word, two words or sentences? Can she express her needs well? Is her language ability the same as peers the same age?
Compared to peers the same age, her language ability is behind. She can say simple sentences. She is learning to speak longer, more complicated sentences. She can express her needs well.

14. Can the child follow directions of adults? One step, two steps, or three steps?
She can follow three step directions.

15. Anything else you think the family should know about the child?

16. Is the child on any medication?

17. What is the daily schedule of the child?
Get up at 6:00am, eat at 7:00am, goes to school at 9:00am, eat lunch at 11:00, take nap afterwards. Get up at 14:00 to go to school. Eats dinner at 17:00. Take
formula at 20:00, brush teeth, go to bed.

18. What does the child eat? Can she feed herself? Does the child eat with chopsticks, spoon, or bottle?
She eats rice, meat, vegetables and fruit. She can feed herself.

19. Does the child know any English?

20. Does the child want to be adopted? Does the child understand what adoption means?
She does not understand adoption but wants to have her own parents.

21. What color does the child like?
All colors.

22. What activity does the child like to do?
She likes to dance, play games, and eat snacks.

23. What is the favorite toy of the child?
She likes balls and blocks.

There is a $1,000 agency grant for Donna’s adoption with MAA. Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family’s circumstances. Agency grants are awarded as agency fee reductions. MAA also partners with the Brittany’s Hope Foundation for matching grants, which are given out twice a year (January and July) and to families that already matched with a child.

Should Donna not be placed during with Madison Adoption Associates, her file will return to the shared list in early July and she could be adopted via any agency. Madison would still offer a grant for her adoption if that were the case. We are hoping this is the month Donna finally finds her forever family!

If you are interested in reviewing Donna’s file or in adopting Donna, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here.

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