Twins! Meet Ames and Auggie

March 20, 2019 Children Who Wait 0 Comments

Ames and Auggie are adorable twin boys born in February of 2016. Ames and Auggie currently live in the orphanage. They have both been in a Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC) since March of 2016.

Ames has not had any recent illnesses and has been in good health, but he has been receiving rehabilitation training. Ames has a history of epilepsy. There was a period of time that he was having seizures regularly, but he is currently taking medication and has not had any seizures since.



Both Ames and Auggie are believed to have experienced Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy/HIE (oxygen deprivation during labor/delivery). A CT scan from March of 2017 notes some abnormalities in their brain. Every child with HIE may present differently and language, learning, and motor development may be affected. Both boys were initially diagnosed with a congenital heart defect as well, but an ultrasound from March of 2017 found no obvious abnormalities in either boy.

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Written Update for Ames:

1. How is his mental ability compared to peers of the same age?
Behind, compared with other kids of same age.

2. How does the special need affect his health?
He grows slowly with stiff limbs, due to his iron deficiency, hypoxic encephalopathy, and brain atrophy.

3. Is he potty trained?
No

4. Please describe his personality in details.
He is a bit introverted. Sometimes he likes to lie on the mat when playing. Sometimes he likes caretakers to hold him and talk to him.

5. Is he well behaved and obedient?
He doesn’t understand what we say yet.

6. How are his gross motor skills? Can he walk, run, jump, and walk upstairs and downstairs by himself? Can he kick a ball? Can he pick up a ball? Any limited functions?
Poor. He cannot run, walk, or jump with limited function.

7. How are his fine motor skills? Can he draw or scribble on paper? Can he pick up little things with his fingers?
Poor. He cannot pick up tiny things, but he can hold small things like snacks.

8. Is he in any kind of school?
No schooling.

9. How is his emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is he close to? Does he care for other people?
He likes the caretakers who take care of him often, but doesn’t attach to somebody.

10. How are his social skills? Does he get along well with other children and adults?
He likes to be held by caretakers or lie on the mat when playing. He is sociable and is doing well with other kids and adults.

11. Is he under foster care or living in the orphanage?
He lives in the orphanage.

12. Updated Measurements:
Height: 89 cm
Head circ: 48 cm
Chest circ: 50 cm
Weight: 12.8 kg
Foot length: 13cm
Number of teeth: 21

13. How is the language ability of the child? What can he say? Can he speak one word, two words, or sentences? Can he express his needs well? Is his language ability the same as peers of the same age?
Poor. He cannot express himself.

14. Can the child follow directions of adults? One step, two steps, or three steps?
He cannot.

15. Is the child on any medication?
Bentoin Sodium tablets, twice a day, half pill each time.
Carbamazepine tablets,twice a day, one pill each time.
Glucurolactone tablets,three times a day, half pill each time.

16. What is the daily schedule of the child?
He receives physical training between 8:30am and 9:30am from Monday to Friday.

17. What does the child eat? Can he feed himself? Does the child eat with chopsticks, a spoon, or a bottle?
He eats soft rice noodles, rice, congee, etc. He needs feeding with spoons. He drinks milk and water with milk bottles.

18. Does the child know any English?
No.

19. Does the child want to be adopted? Does the child understand what adoption means?
He doesn’t understand yet.

20. What color does the child like?
He cannot tell colors yet.

21. What activity does the child like to do?
Outdoor activities.

22. What is the favorite toy of the child?
Balls and furry toys.



Written Update for Auggie:

1. How is his mental ability compared to peers of the same age?
Behind, compared with other kids of same age.

2. How does the special need affect his health?
He grows slowly with stiff limbs, due to his iron deficiency, hypoxic encephalopathy, and brain atrophy.

3. Is he potty trained?
No

4. Please describe his personality in details.
He is quite cheerful with lots of laughter. He is quite sociable, loving to play with his roommates.

5. Is he well behaved and obedient?
Yes, he can make one or two steps.

6. How are his gross motor skills? Can he walk, run, jump, and walk upstairs and downstairs by himself? Can he kick a ball? Can he pick up a ball? Any limited functions?
Poor. He cannot run, walk, or jump with limited function.

7. How are his fine motor skills? Can he draw or scribble on paper? Can he pick up little things with his fingers?
Poor. He cannot pick up tiny things, but he can hold small things like snacks and small toys.

8. Is he in any kind of school? If so, what school? Can he catch up in school?
No schooling.

9. How is his emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is he close to? Does he care for other people?
He likes the caretakers who take care of him often, but doesn’t attach to somebody.

10. How are his social skills? Does he get along well with other children and adults?
Very sociable. He will smile when we play with him. He likes to play with other kids. We
all love him.

11. Is he under foster care or living in the orphanage?
He lives in the orphanage.

12. Updated Measurements:
Height: 92 cm
Head circ.: 49 cm
Chest circ.: 52 cm
Weight: 13.6 kg
Foot length: 14 cm
Number of teeth: 20

13. How is the language ability of the child? What can he say? Can he speak one word, two words, or sentences? Can he express his needs well? Is his language ability the same as peers of the same age?
Poor. Sometimes he can speak “Mama.” He cannot express himself. When he wants something, he will crawl for it or give a big smile at his caretakers.

14. Can the child follow directions of adults? One step, two steps, or three steps?
He can follow two steps, e.g. if you say,“Go bring the handkerchief to me,” he will crawl to get the handkerchief and bring it to you.

15. Is the child on any medication?
No

16. What is the daily schedule of the child?
He receives physical training between 14:30 and 15:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

17. What does the child eat? Can he feed himself? Does the child eat with chopsticks, a spoon, or a bottle?
He eats soft rice noodles, rice, congee, etc. He needs feeding with spoons. He drinks milk and water with milk bottles.

18. Does the child know any English?
No

19. Does the child want to be adopted? Does the child understand what adoption means?
He doesn’t understand yet.

20. What color does the child like?
He cannot tell colors yet.

21. What activity does the child like to do?
Outdoor activities.

22. What is the favorite toy of the child?
Balls and furry toys.



There is a $1,000 agency grant for Ames and Auggie’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. Fees are reduced for the second child/twin; they are not doubled.

Ames and Auggie need a family with an approved home study to be able to move forward with adopting them. If you have an approved home study or a home study in process and are interested in adopting Ames and Auggie, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form here.



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