Waiting to be Chosen: Hedley

July 1, 2017 Family Found 0 Comments

This is a special post for me to write. It’s special because, even thought I don’t personally know this child, I have personally met her foster mama and know what great care she’s getting. I know how loved on she is while she waits for her forever mama to see her.

You see, this precious child took my daughter Maeleigh’s place in the foster family. I can tell you for a fact that she is getting her hair done up cute every single day and that she is playing outside, going to parks, taking walks, and being poured into by this amazing foster mama who loves her foster kids as if they were her biological children. She also has a foster brother who appears in the videos with her. He is a sweet boy who is paper ready and who has been waiting for a family for years.

This child will come to her forever family well cared for. She will have known what it was like to bathe and have her teeth brushed. She will have had many life experiences and be as prepared as she can be for her adoption.

Could you be her forever?

Hedley is newly listed with Madison Adoption Associates via an orphanage partnership. Be sure to read all about her below and to watch her cute videos!

Precious five-year-old Hedley is diagnosed with postoperative retinoblastoma. Her eyeballs were missing when she came into care at the approximate age of 6 months. She was given a CT scan, which came back clear. Hedley has a good appetite and is not a picky eater. Her favorite food is a steamed stuffed bun she eats every morning. She also likes to eat soup after every meal.

She is pleasant when waking up and helps her foster mother get her foster brother off to school after breakfast. She bathes daily and is very independent. She is completely potty trained and can brush her teeth and wash her face on her own. Hedley is a talkative little girl who speaks clearly. Her caregivers in the orphanage even remember her being very chatty with them. She asks questions often.

When having meals, she would ask, “How do you make this dish? Is there soybean sauce inside? What vegetable is in the dish?” Hedley has a sensitive sense of smell. Once her foster father was peeling egg in the kitchen and she asked him, “Dad, are you eating an egg?” She can tell whether they are frying vegetables or meat while passing by other people’s houses. Hedley also has sensitive hearing. She will say, “Aunt Wang, you’re here,” when another caregiver walks to her home.

Hedley has a good memory and often learns how to do things after being shown how just one time. She can also sing more than 10 children’s songs. Hedley is a helpful little girl who likes to take the bowls to the kitchen and insists on washing her bowls after having meals. Hedley loves to look pretty. She will ask her foster mother to comb her hair everyday and will say “so beautiful” after she finishes.

When she touches her clothes she asks, “Is this a new outfit? So pretty.” Hedley is a very adaptable and flexible child, but she sometimes cries when her elder foster brother goes to school because she wants to go too. At the time her file was prepared, her foster mother was planning to apply for kindergarten for her. At night, she sleeps with her foster mother. When her foster mother asked her why she likes to sleep with her she said, “I want to give you a back massage.”

Hedley enjoys playing dolls, with animal toys, sometimes sleeping with her doll. She likes lollipops and steamed stuffed bun instead of spicy food.

Videos can be found here, here, here and here. Password for all is Adoptmaa

There is a $1,000 agency grant for Hedley’s adoption with Madison Adoption Associates. 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 are officially matched with a child.

If you are interested in reviewing Hedley’s file or in adopting Hedley, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here: MAA Prospective Adoptive Parents – Waiting Child Review Form.

– guest advocacy post by Brooke

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