Waiting to be Chosen: Alexa

January 14, 2019 Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Alexa is a beautiful girl with so much potential! She was born in June of 2010, but didn’t come into the care of her orphanage until around four years of age. She was very sad, which is to be expected, but gradually adjusted to life in the orphanage. As she adjusted, she became much more optimistic and social.

She is described by her caretakers as cheerful, talkative, calm, sensible, clever, and adorable. She works hard and is very independent. Alexa can take care of her own needs and enjoys helping take care of the other children as well. She has become a big sister figure to many in the orphanage. Her orphanage says she is very smart and that she likes to study. At the time her file was prepared, she could count and write numbers. Alexa likes to draw, sing, play with dolls, and play games in class. She can often be found with a smile on her face too!

Alexa was diagnosed as having disabled lower limbs. She uses a walker to get around. Her hands and arms are flexible. She has a good appetite and is not a picky eater. Alexa is a very determined young lady who is going to thrive in a family with access to the resources she needs.



A new video of Alexa can be found here.

Written update from December 2018:

1. How is her mental ability compared to peers of the same age?
She has normal intelligence and good learning ability. She is able to quickly master new things and has a strong curiosity and initiative.

2. How does the special need affect her health?
Both lower limbs are affected, but she can walk with a walker. She has good life self-help skills and can also use both of her hands well, such as to hold a wall for support with walking.

3. Is she potty trained?
Yes.

4. Please describe her personality in details.
She is cheerful and lively. She likes to make new friends, loves to laugh, likes all novelty things.

5. Is she well behaved and obedient?
Yes

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?
Lower limbs limited. She can walk with a walker. Her hands are fine.

7. How are her fine motor skills? Can she draw or scribble on paper? Can she pick up little things with her fingers?
Excellent

8. Is she in any kind of school? If so, what school? Can she catch up in school?
She doesn’t go to school.

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 good. She loves to laugh, likes to take care of the other children, and has good attachment with familiar people.

10. How are her social skills? Does she get along well with other children and adults?
Very good.

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

12. Updated Measurements:
Height: 122 cm
Head circ: 51 cm
Chest circ: 67 cm
Foot length: 22 cm
Weight: 29 kg
Number of teeth: 22

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?
She has excellent language skills and is able to communicate normally.

There is a $1,000 agency grant for Alexa’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.

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



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