Waiting Child Spotlight: Piper

January 9, 2019 Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Piper is a smiley and joyful girl, born in September of 2010. She is described by her caretakers as obedient and active, but is sometimes sensitive and impatient. Piper has good self-care skills and is able to dress, toilet, and eat independently. She likes to play with other children and is gentle with them.

Piper also likes to watch and learn how to help out around the orphanage with things such as mopping, folding laundry, and getting clothes out for the children while they are being bathed by the caretakers. She is praised often for her helpfulness!

Piper is diagnosed as having cerebral palsy and motor delays, but her motor development has continued to improve over the years. She likes to write and draw and will really take her time to do it well. Piper gets along well with her caretakers and is very interactive with them. She loves to pose for photos, which often makes her caretakers laugh.

Piper is attending school in the orphanage. She sometimes struggles with focusing and is working to improve her expressive abilities. She speaks less than the other children and won’t always answer questions. Piper’s language skills are improving. She still uses short expressions of one-three words mostly. She does have good comprehension and cognition abilities.

Piper has grown up in two different orphanages. She’s making great progress, but is missing out on all that a stable and loving family could provide!

New videos of Piper:
Piper 1
Piper 2
Piper 3
Piper 4

Older video:
Piper 5

Written update from December 2018:

1.How is her mental ability compared to peers of the same age?
Behind normal kids. Her overall ability cannot be compared with normal kids.

2. How does the special need affect her health?
Mental and mobility are affected.

3. Is she potty trained?

4. Please describe her personality in details.
She is active, happy, and social. She gets along well with other kids and adults. Sometimes she will be unreasonable, but it will not last for long. Then she will be happy again. She gets a temper easily, but gets happy easily. She is polite. She greets people happily when she sees them.

5. Is she well behaved and obedient?
She is little. She is learning and growing. She knows how to behave. She sometimes has conflicts with other kids, but will get over it. She does not have any bad behavior. She has real personality, but she can accept guidance from teachers.

6. How are her gross motor skills? Can she walk, run, jump, or walk upstairs and downstairs by herself? Can she kick a ball? Can she pick up a ball? Any limited functions?
She has CP. Her right side movement is limited, but she can walk well. She can run slowly and jump a little. She is energetic, strong, and active.

7. How are her fine motor skills? Can she draw or scribble on paper? Can she pick up little things with her fingers?
Her right side is limited, but her right hand and foot can do most motor skills. If she gets proper PT, her right hand should gain most fine motor skills. Her left side is fine.

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

9. How is her emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is she close to? Does she care for other people?
Normal. She is close to her caretakers. Her best friends are Li Bao qi and Chen Xiao ling in the same room. When other kids cry, she will try to soothe them.

10.How are her social skills? Does she get along well with other children and adults?
Good. She gets along well with others. She loves her caretakers. She likes playing with her caretaker and with the other kids.

11. Is she under foster care or living in the orphanage?
She has always lived in an orphanage.

12. Updated Measurements:
Height: 103 cm
Head circ: 50 cm
Chest circ: 55 cm
Foot length: 17 cm
Weight: 17.5 kg
Number of teeth: 24

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 of the same age?
Good. She can say whole sentences and express her needs. Her language is behind healthy kids her age.

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

15. Is the child on any medication?
Only for colds.

16. What is the daily schedule of the child?
6:30 get up
7:30 breakfast
8:45 study and PT
10:30 free time
11:30 lunch
13:00 14:30 nap
14:45 study and PT
16:30 free time 17:00 dinner 21:00 go to bed

17. What does the child eat? Can she feed herself? Does the child eat with chopsticks, a spoon, or a bottle?
For breakfast, she eats congee, bread, and an egg. For lunch, she eats rice, noodles, fish, meat, vegetables, etc. She feeds herself with a spoon and drinks with a cup.

18. Does the child know any English?

19. Does the child want to be adopted? Does the child understand what adoption means?
She wants to be adopted and have parents.

20. What color does the child like?
No preference.

21. What activity does the child like to do?
Any sports.

22. What is the favorite toy of the child?
She likes puzzles, biking, and anything that’s fun really.

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

Piper 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 Piper, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here.

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