Waiting to be Chosen: Maya

December 19, 2018 Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Hold onto your hearts! Maya, born May of 2014, is a beautiful little girl who almost always wears that gorgeous smile. She was born with cerebral dysplasia and found to have Hep B in June of 2016. She went into the hospital shortly after and now takes regular medication, allowing her condition to be stable.

When Maya was young, the orphanage found her muscular tension to be high and, in December of 2015, they sent her to Angel Home Foundation to receive better care and rehabilitation. With regular rehabilitation, Maya has been making great progress. She can pick up things with her hands and feed herself.

Her condition has caused athetosis of all four limbs. This has affected her balance and coordination. She can now stand alone for several minutes and walk a few steps by herself. With the support of hand rails, Maya can go up and down stairs. If she uses her walker, she can go everywhere she wants to go!

Maya can understand everything that is said to her, but has language delays. She is starting to say 1-2 words at a time, though her pronunciation is not always clear. Maya loves to laugh and is a happy and determined little girl. She knows how to get attention and loves being held.

With a loving family, proper medical care, and continued therapy, Maya is going to continue to make progress and thrive!

We can’t wait to see who Maya’s lucky family will be!

Videos of Maya can be seen here:
Maya 1
Maya 2
Maya 3
Maya 4

Written update from October 2017:

1. How is her mental ability compared to peers the same age?
Her mental is behind kids of her age, but she can understand many directions and language. If the teachers do not take her to class, she will be very sad. When she hears the voice of her PT teacher, she will crawl to the door. If the teacher takes other kids, she will cry loudly. She knows her name.

2. How does the special need affect her health?
She has Hep B so she is on three kinds of medicine each day and her dishes are separated from others. She is in good health and rarely gets sick.

3. Is she potty trained?
She is still in diapers and has small underwear on top of the diaper.

4. Please describe her personality in details.
She will be very happy if others say she is a pretty girl. Sometimes she will fight for toys with other kids. She is not afraid of strangers. She is outgoing. Sometimes she can be sensitive. She knows strangers and familiar people. If strangers flirt with her, she will also smile. She is impatient. If she sees something she likes, she will try her best to crawl there to grab it though her body does not coordinate well. PT is a boring process. If she feels unhappy, she will lie on the ground and keep crying and will not get up whatever you try.

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

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 roll over on the ground, can sit up, can crawl, and can change from sitting to standing up and then sitting down. She cannot walk, jump, run, or go upstairs or downstairs yet.

7. How are her fine motor skills? Can she draw or scribble on paper? Can she pick up little things with her fingers?
She cannot control her fingers well. She can scribble, can hold a pen and blocks, and can sometimes pick up tiny objects.

8. Is she in any kind of school? If so, what school? Can she catch up in school?
No school yet, but she receives PT for about two hours each day.

9. How is her emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is she close to? Does she care for other people?
Good, she is attached to the therapist.

10. How are her social skills? Does she get along well with other children and adults?
She can get along well with other kids, but she is still little and her motor skills are poor so she does not know how to play with others.

11. Is she under foster care or living in the orphanage? If foster, when did she enter the foster home? How does she do there? Has it been the same foster home all the time?
She has been in Angel Foster Home since Dec.14,2015.

12. Updated Measurements:
Weight: 12.5 kg
Height: 88 cm
Head: 46 cm
Chest: 49.5 cm
Foot length: 13 cm
Number of teeth: 10 teeth on top, 10 below

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?
Behind. She can only say some two character words like “ayi”, “yeye”. She cannot express her needs.

14. Can the child follow directions of adults? One step, two steps, or three steps?
One step. She can feel the tone and emotion in the language.

15. Is the child on any medication?
Entecavir, one time a day, 2/5 pill each time Five ester capsule, twice a day, 1 capsule each time, glycyrrhizic acid two amine enteric coated tablet, 3 times a day, 3/5 pill each time Doctor said to start these this month for 3 months. Her next appointment is December.

16. What is the daily schedule of the child?
7:00-7:30 get up
7:30-8:00 breakfast; playing outdoor
9:30 snacks (fruit, snacks), playing indoor
11:00-11:30 lunch
12:00-2:30 nap; playing indoor
16:00 extra meal and water (fruit)
17:00-17:30 dinner, playing outdoor
19:30 200 ml formula
20:00-20:30 go to bed

17. What does the child eat? Can she feed herself? Does the child eat with chopsticks, spoon, or a bottle?
She eats normal food and feeds herself with a spoon, but eats slowly. She will spill food on the table and drinks with a bottle by herself.

18. Does the child know any English?

19. Does the child want to be adopted? Does the child understand what adoption means?
No, she doesn’t understand.

20. What color does the child like?
No favorite colors. Due to her language delay, she cannot express herself well.

21. What activity does the child like to do?
She likes the twisty car, playing outdoors, and going on the slide.

22. What is the favorite toy of the child?

There is a $1,000 agency grant with Madison Adoption Associates for Maya’s adoption. 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.

Maya needs a family with an approved home study to be able to move forward with adopting her. If you have an approved home study or a home study in process and are interested in adopting Maya, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here.

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