6 years old * likes to smile * post op CHD (ASD) * “very hospitable” * fun and sweet * microcephaly * shared list
“She came into care when she was about three months old. She has microcephaly, retinal lesions, and possible hearing loss in one ear. She also had a heart condition (ASD) that has been surgically corrected. This cute little girl lives with a foster family, where she is very attached to her foster grandparents. Her development is delayed, and although she has made good progress since joining her foster family, there is concern that she may have significant, lifelong delays in some areas. She can speak several words, but her pronunciation is not clear. She can feed herself with a spoon, but usually needs to be fed by an adult. She needs help with some of her personal needs. Libby attends school, where she has learned to dance. She likes to make up songs! She is well-liked by all the neighbors in her community and is affectionate toward her foster family. She needs a loving adoptive family who is open to unknowns regarding her development. ”
refractive amblyopia (needs glasses)
Congenital Heart Disease – ASD (post op)
In December of 2014, Libby joined a foster family. At the age of 19 months, she couldn’t talk, but was making the sounds yi and ah. Her foster mom said she can understand some words and she does make eye contact. Libby is active and can quickly change positions from sitting to standing. She can walk independently. She likes playing at home and can carry a small bucket or stool when walking. She likes to help by putting things on the table into the garbage. She sometimes makes messes at home. When her foster mom blames her or asks her about it, she hides behind the foster dad.
Libby likes to smile and she loves playing with her foster dad. She will pat his face to tease him. Libby can cry easily, but prefers playing most of the time. She is described as very hospitable. When visitors come, she will be a little shy at first and hide behind her parents. After a while, she will warm up and will laugh when being teased by the guests. She can stamp her feet in excitement and screech happily when she sees her foster mom coming back into the house after being outdoors.
There is a $1,000 grant for Libby’s adoption if you adopt through Madison Adoption Associates. Other grants may be available based on the adoptive family’s circumstances. Agency grants are awarded as agency fee reductions.
UPDATE JULY 2015
How is her mental ability compared to peers the same age?
Her mental is behind kids the same age.
How does her special need affect her health?
She has received CHD surgery and has recovered well. She is in good health.
Is she potty trained?
She is still in diapers.
Please describe her personality in details
She is happy and active all the time, but she will be shy in front of strangers. After she gets familiar with you, she will have more interactions.
Is she well behaved and obedient?
She is well behaved most of the time. Sometimes she will be a little naughty. If she does something wrong, she is not afraid of the adults pointing it out and will talk back.
How are her gross motor skills? Does she have any limitations?
She can run, walk, and she can go upstairs and downstairs by holding the hands of adults.
How are her fine motor skills? Does she have any limitations?
She cannot draw or scribble. She will take anything. She will take toys out of the box
and she likes tearing books.
How is her language development? 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 the same age? She can say “baobei, beibei” but not other words yet. Her language ability is behind kids the same age.
Does she go to school?
She is still too little and so she is not in school yet.
How is her emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is she close
to? Does she care for other people?
She is very attached to her foster parents and is very close to them. She does not know how to take care of other people yet.
How are her social skills? Does she get well along with other children and adults?
She likes playing with the big brothers or sister. She likes playing with little kids. When she
sees kids playing, she will be happy and walk there to watch them. She likes playing
outside, walking here and there. If she falls down, she will stand up by herself.
Does she live with a foster family or in the orphanage?
She has been in the same foster family since 12/11/2014. She has adjusted well to the life in the foster family. She is very happy there.
Libby was measured on 4/27/15: height 79 cm, weight 7kg, head circ: 37cm chest circ: 44cm，16 teeth, foot 11cm
Update May 2015
Libby is not talking yet, but she can understand what adults say. She is happy. She can wave good bye and she can walk by herself. If she falls down, she can stand up and walk. She likes playing with other kids. She is in hospital for her heart surgery right now.
If you are interested in reviewing Libby’s file or in adopting Libby through Madison, they have a $1,000 grant available. you can fill out this form to ask them about her.
If you would like to know more about how to adopt Libby, please send me an e-mail – Jessica