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Natalie

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 by in The 20 |

5 years old * the cutest dimples! * cute, happy, well behaved…sometimes naughty 😉 * left side hemiplegia * congenital heart disease (doctor review available)* $1,000 agency grant if adopted through MAA * $4,000 agency grant if adopted through WACAP * see younger photos and videos below!

updated photo November 2018!


November 2018 update

WRITTEN UPDATE: 1. How is her mental ability compared to peers of same age?
Similar to other kids in the SWI, in terms of mental ability.

2. How does the special need affect her health?
Her left hand is weak, due to left hemiplegia. After CHD surgery, she is not allowed
to do strenuous exercise.

3. Is she potty trained?
She has received some training at first, however, she fell down frequently in June and
July. We are afraid that she may fall down in the toilet. Therefore, we let her use
diaper again.

4. Please describe her personality in details.
She is a pretty girl with a smiley face. In a familiar circumstance, she is active and
happy. She will be shy in a strange circumstance.

5. Is she well behaved and obedient?
Good.

6. How are her gross motor skills? Can she walk, run, jump, walk upstairs and downstairs by herself? Can she kick a ball? Can she pick up a ball? Any limited functions?
She can walk, but cannot jump, run, or climb stairs.

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 hand can, but her left hand cannot due to left hemiplegia.

8. Is she in any kind of school? If so, what school? Can she catch up in school?
She receives pre-school education in the SWI. She is interested in everything, like
painting, singing children songs, and playing construction blocks.

9. How is her emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is she close to? Does she care for other people?
She is not attached to anyone.

10. How are her social skills? Does she get along well with other children and adults?
Good. She can get along well with others and play with other kids.

11. Is she under foster care or living in the orphanage?
She is living in the orphanage.

12. Updated Measurements:
Height:113cm,weight: 18kg, head cir.: 49cm,chest cir.: 57cm,foot length: 16cm,teeth No.: 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?
She can express herself with simple sentences, but she is behind other kids of the same age, in regards to her language ability.

14. Can the child follow directions of adults? One step, two steps, or three steps?
Yes, she can.

15. Anything else you think the family should know about the child?
She frequently fell in June and July, from once a week to nearly once a day. She was
taken to have CT (Brain Scan). However, the doctor could not find anything wrong
with her. In August, she started doing better. Now she doesn’t fall.

16. Is the child on any medication?
She stopped having diuretics since August of 2018.

17. What is the daily schedule of the child?
Get up at 6:00am,breakfast at 6:30am,shower and drink at 8:00am, attend class at between 8:30am and 10:30am, lunch at 11:00am,nap at between11:30am and 13:30pm, get up at 13:30pm, then drink formula, have fruits and snacks,attend class at between 14:30pm and 15:30pm, dinner at 16:30,watch TV at 18:00pm,drink formula at 19:00pm go to bed at 20:00pm

18. What does the child eat? Can she feed herself? Does the child eat with chopsticks, a spoon, or a bottle?
Rice, vegetables, meat, and soup. She can eat on her own with a spoon. She only eats bananas in terms of fruits. She can drink milk/water with a milk bottle without a nipple.

19. Does the child know any English?
No.

20.Does the child want to be adopted? Does the child understand what adoption means?
Yes, she does, but she doesn’t really understand adoption.

21. What color does the child like?
Red.

22. What activity does the child like to do?
She likes playing with construction blocks, singing children songs, painting, and playing outdoors.

23. What is the favorite toy of the child?
Construction blocks

Personality: Natalie loves to color and play with blocks. Her caretakers describe her as active, cute, happy, and well behaved with an occasional naughty side.

Special and Medical Needs: Natalie was born with congenital heart disease- dextrocardia, VSD, ASD, and pulmonary artery atresia. She also was born with situs inversus viscerum and has left side hemiplegia.

Development (physical): Natalie started rehabilitation training twice a week in the orphanage for her hemiplegia. She has since made great progress with her motor development. Natalie is able to walk without help, but does have a limp. She can go down stairs, but sometimes needs a bit of help when going up stairs. Natalie’s left hand is affected, but she has totally normal use of her right hand- she can hold a pen or similar object and can turn pages of a book. She can also feed herself, take crayons out of the box, and put the crayons back in the box. She can put on and take off her own shoes and socks too.

Development (Language): Natalie’s language is a bit behind, but she does speak in 3-4 word sentences regularly. Natalie is good at following directions and putting toys away.

The cutest videos! Password: Adoptmaa
Walking around
Playing with legos

JUNE 2017 WRITTEN UPDATE

1. How is her mental ability compared to peers the same age?
She’s about the same as normal kids.

2. How does the special need affect her health?
The left side of her body is limited and she should avoid fierce activities.

3. Is she potty trained?
She is not potty trained. *Note this orphanage does not potty train kids until at least 5 years of age.

4. Please describe her personality in details?
She is active and busy and sometimes naughty. She is happy.

5. Is she well behaved and obedient?
She is obedient most of the time. She can be a little bit naughty sometimes.

6. How are her gross motor skills? Can she walk, run, jump, walk upstairs and downstairs by herself? Can she kick a ball? Can she pick up a ball? Any limited functions?
Her left side is weak so gross motor skills are limited. She walks in an odd way.

7. How are her fine motor skill? Can she draw or scribble on paper? Can she pick up little things with her fingers?
Her right hand is fine and her left hand does not work well.

8. Is she in any kind of school? If so, what school? Can she catch up in school?
She attends the preschool inside the orphanage. But she has been there for just about one month so she has not made much progress yet.

9. How is her emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Who is she close to? Does she care for other people?
She’s not attached to a particular caretaker.

10. How are her social skills? Does she get along well with other children and adults?
She gets along well with other kids and adults.

11. Is she under foster care or living in the orphanage?
She lives in the orphanage.

12. Updated Measurements:
Height 103 cm, weight 15 kg; head 48 cm; chest 56 cm; foot 14.5 cm; 20 teeth.

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 the same age?
She can greet people. She can say short sentences like “mama, eat cookie” and so on. Her language ability is behind.

14.Can the child follow directions of adults? One step, two steps, or three steps?
Yes.

15.Anything else you think the family should know about the child?
She received Fontan surgery on Jan.3,2017.

16. Is the child on any medication?
Aspirin enteric-coated tablets, Furosemide, spironolactone

17. What is the daily schedule of the child?
6:00 get up,6:30 breakfast,8:00 bath,8:30-10:30 pre school,10:30 lunch,11:00-13:30 nap, 13:30 get up; fruit and snacks,14:30-15:30 pre school,16:30 dinner,18:00-19:30 playing indoor, 20:00 go to bed

18. What does the child eat? Can she feed herself? Does the child eat with chopsticks, spoon, or bottle?
She can feed herself by a spoon and she eats rice, vegetables, soup with fish, shrimp and chopped pork.

19. Does the child know any English? No.

20. Does the child want to be adopted? Does the child understand what adoption means?
She has seen it and wants to have foreign parents, but she may not fully understand adoption.

21. What color does the child like?
She does not know colors well yet.

22. What activity does the child like to do?
Coloring and blocks.

23. What is the favorite toy of the child?
Blocks.

update for agency, Madison Adoption Associates. A $1,000 grant available if Natalie is adopted through them. Fill out this form if you would like more information from MAA. 

MARCH 2017 UPDATE
“Natalie is an active 5-year-old little girl who smiles often, though she is timid at first in new places. She loves playing with toys, especially dolls and blocks but she’s happiest when others play with her! Natalie was born with heart defects, including VSD and dextrocardia, and received the Glenn surgery at six months old. She took medication for a while after the surgery but the doctors felt she no longer needed them in early 2016, however, she does occasionally turn blue in her lips, fingers and toes. Ultrasounds also showed that some of her internal organs are flipped, and on the other side of her body (which may indicate heterotaxy). Caregivers noticed that Natalie’s motor skills were behind other children her age, especially involving her left side, so they took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with hemiplegia. She began attending therapies at the orphanage, and made great progress! As of June 2016, she could walk without assistance, though her gait is uneven, and she can go up and down stairs holding the railing with one hand and an adult’s hand with the other. She can stack up to ten blocks, put her shoes on and off and take crayons out of a box. She can speak in 3-4 word sentences, and follow two or three step directions. Natalie’s caregivers love this adorable girl, but hope she will find a family of her own!  – update for agency, WACAP. A $4,000 grant available if Natalie is adopted through them. Contact WACAP  

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GRANTS AVAILABLE
$1,000 agency grant – if adopted through Madison Adoption Associates
$4,000 agency grant – if adopted through WACAP

If you are interested in learning more about how to adopt sweet Natalie, please send me an e-mail – Jessica

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