Children Who Wait

Waiting to be Chosen: Alexa

January 14, 2019 by nohandsbutours 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.

Waiting Child Spotlight: Piper

January 9, 2019 by nohandsbutours 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?
Yes.

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?
No.

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.

Find My Forever: Dawson

January 5, 2019 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Dawson is a smart, handsome, and optimistic boy, born in April of 2007 with congenital heart disease, specifically TGA (for which he has since had surgery), VSD, and pulmonary atresia.

From 2010 until 2013, Dawson lived in the orphanage. In May of 2013, Dawson entered a foster family and he still resides with his foster mom today.

Dawson loves to learn and study. He has a good memory and he learns children’s songs and numbers quickly. Dawson is independent with his self-care skills and is a very clean and tidy boy. He is not a picky eater either. Dawson is also a very helpful child. He will help his foster mother clean the floor, fold laundry, and do other things he is able to do.

He gets along well with his other foster siblings and is helpful in caring for his younger siblings as well. Dawson really likes to sing to his foster mom and siblings, play outside, and ride bikes.



An August 2018 update stated that Dawson received the Senning procedure in June of 2016 for his TGA. Since that procedure, Dawson’s face, lips, and fingers have gotten more color and he doesn’t get out of breath as easily. He can run, jump, and go up and down stairs.

Dawson was in grade two of a public school as of the last report. He is said to have excellent intelligence, memory, and language skills and even knows a fair amount of English words.

He is absolutely loved by everyone who knows him. Dawson is a great kid who needs a family that will be his forever!

Video of Dawson (from August 2018) can be seen here.

*The videos below are from September 2016 when Dawson was listed with another agency.
Dawson 2
Dawson 3
Dawson 4
Dawson 5

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

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

Meet Tesia!

January 1, 2019 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Tesia is an adorable little girl, born in November of 2014 with low muscular tension. She cannot stand on her own, but does like to move around in a walker. Tesia doesn’t yet speak any words, but she can understand, follow instructions, and respond when called. Tesia is a quiet, obedient, and smiley little girl …Read More

Waiting For You: Liam

December 29, 2018 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Handsome Liam, born February of 2016, has low vision and mild cerebral palsy. Liam has been under the care of Bethel since December of 2016. He can see and recognize faces, reaches out for toys he sees around him, and will go towards a toy or caregiver across the room. He is not blind, but …Read More

Meet Beatrice!

December 26, 2018 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Beatrice is a beautiful girl, born in June of 2016, with a precious smile and gentle spirit. She was living in a foster family sponsored by Love Without Boundaries, where she had an older foster sister who absolutely adored her. Her latest update, which you can read below, reports that she is back in the …Read More

Waiting to be Chosen: Maya

December 19, 2018 by nohandsbutours 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. …Read More

Find My Family: Siam

December 15, 2018 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Siam is a sweet little boy, born in March of 2015, with an engaging personality and a cute toothy smile. Siam was under the care of Show Hope, but unfortunately had to return to his orphanage in December of 2017. Siam was very close to his friends at Maria’s Big House of Hope and adored …Read More

Waiting Child Spotlight: Leta

December 9, 2018 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Leta is a precious little girl, born in April of 2016 with Down syndrome. Leta can sit, crawl, walk, play clapping hand games, and pick up small objects with her fingers. She likes to play with toy drums, rattles, and the toy piano. If Leta hears music, she will be happy and shake her body …Read More

Meet Klodia!

December 5, 2018 by nohandsbutours 0 Comments

Klodia, born in September of 2007, is a sweet girl who loves playing games and chatting with her primary caretaker. She is cooperative and gets along well with other children. Klodia is outgoing and helpful. She likes to smile and laugh and when she does you can see her adorable dimples! Klodia wakes up at …Read More

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