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Posted on Jan 2, 2018 by in Aged out |

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



“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.”



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.