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Posted on Jan 2, 2018 by in 20 Aging Out |

URGENT! – AGING OUT April 2018! And he NEEDS a family, a life where he is loved unconditionally, treasured, where he can reach his full potential and have a delightful future.

extroverted and lovely boy * has a ready smile *cerebral palsy * gets along with other classmates and teachers * videos below!

JANUARY 2018 Video and Photos!
This sweet boy needs to progress and grow outside of the crib. You can see how he is reaching out. I believe he wants to be involved, loved, and valued.


“This child. It’s hard to even know where to start with his story. In September of 2015, Michelle McGowan and I visited his orphanage. We were in a room for hours interviewing kids. Michelle needed to use the restroom and the staff directed her to a restroom that was across the hallway inside of a room approximately 15 children with moderate to severe special needs called ‘home.’ It wasn’t long before Michelle was waving me to come into the room. I first noticed how quiet the room was and how many children of various ages were laying in cribs lifelessly. Michelle directed me to a crib of a boy who appeared to be about six or seven maybe. This boy had tried to get her attention when she was in the room- he tried to reach out to her. She of course took the opportunity to love on him. He beamed because he so desperately wanted out and to be loved and touched. The hardest part was that we couldn’t stay long. We had to show him love and attention and then leave him. Letting go, with tears in our eyes, was something the two of us will never forget.

This sweet boy, who now goes by Donahue, wanted so desperately to get out of that crib, to be touched, to be loved, to be seen. We later learned that he was actually much older than what we thought. He was eleven! We were shocked, but realized he had likely stopped growing because of how much time he spent in a crib that he could no longer grow in. We were told Donahue had cerebral palsy and that he did not have a file. Michelle pleaded for them to make a file for him…and lo and behold, 15 months later…Donahue got a file! He has a chance to be adopted and have a forever family. A chance to get out of that crib that he spends far too much time in. It was no accident that Michelle got to go into that room and meet this child.

Donahue is now 13.5. He has just under 5 months to find a family and for them to get to China before it is too late. He needs a miracle! Donahue is on the shared list, but is from a Madison Adoption Associates orphanage partnership.”


Living Environment
He lived with a foster family for over 4 years. Later he was taken back to the orphanage after they moved to the new site.
A Day in the Life
Get up at 6:00am, breakfast at 7:30am, play in the room or kindergarten, snacks and juice at around 9:00am, lunch at 12:00, nap at 12:30pm, get up at 2:00pm, play , snacks, dinner at 6:00pm, goes to bed at 8:30pm.
Cognitive Development

How is his mental ability compared to peers the same age? Behind other kids his age.
He can follow at least 3 step directions
He learns some simple things with other kindergarten kids.
He can say one word each time. He uses fingers to point to express his needs.
He does not know any English.
Physical Development
He cannot walk independently , but can walk by holding onto things.
His arms work all right. He can pick up tiny things.
He can eat solid food, but needs to be fed with a spoon if liquid food.
Updated Measurements: Height:114 cm, Weight:18.5 kg, Head circ:51 cm Chest circ: 54 cm, Number of teeth: 32,foot length:18 cm
Physical needs
Is he potty trained? He needs assistance.
He takes no medication
He is happy and easygoing. He can be stubborn when he is upset. He is well behaved and obedient. He likes playing with other kids and is very close to his caretakers. He likes interacting with others.He likes all toys, but he will only play with it for a short time. He has not shown signs to be able to take care of others.
He does not understand what adoption is

NOVEMBER 2017 VIDEOS – Just click on the “Watch on Vimeo” buttons to watch.

Donahue Update from MAA on Vimeo.

Donahue Update (2) from MAA on Vimeo.

Donahue Update (3) from MAA on Vimeo.


“Donahue came into care at the approximate age of three. Donahue knows the caretakers and other children in the orphanage, but is attached most to the caretaker who cares for him on a regular basis. He likes to play with blocks and cars and has a ready smile. Donahue is studying in the kindergarten and he likes his teacher. In class he can get along well with the other classmates and teachers. He cannot speak clearly. He knows how to ask for food and noodles are his favorite! Donahue likes to crawl and he can hold the wall to walk alone. He also likes to be held to walk. He understands his name and reacts when called. He can understand what people are saying. Donahue is an extroverted and lovely boy.

Donahue is on the shared list.

There is a $4,000 agency grant with Madison Adoption Associates for Donahue’s adoption through the end of 2017. 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 and to families that already have their letter of approval from China.

If you are interested in reviewing Donahue’s file or in adopting Donahue, please fill out a free PAP Waiting Child Review Form, which can be found here:…/…

Please send me an e-mail if you have any questions about how to adopt Donahue or any other child on TwentyLess. Also, if you just have questions about adoption, let’s chat – Jessica

TwentyLess is not an agency, it is an advocacy site run by an adoptive mom (me) who would love to see every child with a family of their very own.