*Amanda is 9 years old and was adopted internationally when she was 2 years old. She uses a wheelchair for spina bifida. There are several immune-compromised children in her home who cannot be exposed to Covid. This means that Amanda, who is strong and healthy, cannot attend school or have playdates with friends.
She has also undergone quite a few surgeries after coming home and mostly sees her adopted parent as a ‘caretaker nurse’, rather than parental figure. Their relationship can best be described as ‘transactional’. Many of her surgeries have been for the purpose of helping her function more independently. She is continent and able to attend to her own needs in this area.
Even though she uses a wheelchair or wheeled stander, Amanda is learning to walk in a gait trainer with leg orthotics and can very slowly in small steps make it across a room. She can walk across a room very, very slowly but she can do it! She is a physically strong girl in her upper body, who can pull herself up a flight of stairs to prove it to you! She has all the equipment needed for her to be as independent as possible and that all will move with her to her new family.
Amanda’s adoptive mother tells us that Amanda is generally an agreeable, easy–going child with average activity level. She is inquisitive, determined social, mannered, calm, helpful, empathetic, and observant. Amanda desires to work in health care one day in a role like sonographer or phlebotomist.
Her adopted parent wants Amanda to experience the love and warmth of a true family, along with the social interactions that school, friends and sports will offer her.
We are looking for a homestudy ready (or can be quickly) family to adopt Amanda who has no other children in the home under age 12. Because Amanda has spina bifida and is mostly wheelchair bound, her new family should be strong enough to help transfer her at times. She should probably continue physical therapy as she grows, so please check into that in your area if you are interested in adopting her. If you fit what we’re looking for, please write to us for her full profile. We have a lot of great info to share on this child and her need for a different adoptive home. Write to email@example.com
Amanda is an active child who loves to ride her Cyclone (hand propelled scooter) and play with dolls, magnetic manipulatives, do crafts, play card games, build with Legos and watch Disney shows. She has a good imagination and likes to draw abstract pictures. She has begun to write “books” for fun. She likes to make creations with her Lite Brite. She likes to cook and help with chores (which makes her feel proud of herself). She is thoughtful and agreeable to everyone and hospital teams state they find her a joy and that she is bright and mature. She has great endurance for propelling herself in her wheelchair through outdoor adventures like carnivals or malls. She has never requested anyone to push her wheelchair.
Amanda is in the 2nd grade and loves math, spelling and handwriting. Due to previous hospitalizations, she is a bit behind, but catching up well. Her teachers report that she is a ‘joy’ to have in class.
She is kind and gentle with her current family dogs and cat, she has accidentally rolled over a tail but as she has grown, she is much better at navigation in her wheelchair and wheeled stander.
This is a private adoption, so a state or foster home study might not work. A state authorized private domestic or international home study is generally required. You will need to have a current, or easily-updated home study for this adoption.
Due to state laws, we are not able to place this child in CT, MA, NY, WI or DE. If you live in OR, you may need to travel to the child’s state to finalize this adoption. If you live in WI, please let us know, as the adoption process may be longer and a bit more expensive than what is listed in our paperwork. If you have never had a home study before, we cannot help you adopt this child. But we would love to share with you the process of starting a home study so you could be approved for a child in the near future. Please write to us and ask us how to get started! We are only able to work with US citizens living abroad if they are active duty military.
Adoption is a legal process so there will be costs associated. This adoption may qualify for the IRS Adoption Tax Credit.
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*To protect the privacy of our waiting children and their families, Second Chance does not share real names for our waiting children on the Internet. It is our policy to only share a snippet of a waiting child’s details as well as the type of adoptive family we are looking for. If you fit the POSTED REQUIREMENTS, are home study ready (or can be soon!), and interested in adding this child to your family, please write to us for an honest, in-depth profile on the child including medical, educational, and behavioral information and learn the full story of why this child needs a secondary adoption. Our program social worker and program director have worked together with the child’s family to carefully set the requirements for the new family. These requirements are not negotiable, so please honor the needs of this child by not asking us to bend them for you.