Mia is an 8 year old girl who was adopted from Ethiopia 3 years ago.  At the time of her adoption, she was 2-3 years older than the family had been told, and as a result she came into a home that was not a suitable placement. The family already has Down Syndrome child who is vulnerable and as a result of Mia’s wrong age, this special needs child is smaller than Mia.  The adoptive parents have tried to make this situation work, but another of their family has now recently developed a major special need, and they are all extremely overwhelmed and unable to meet Mia’s parenting needs.

Mia has come a long ways since her adoption.  She is a gentle child who likes indoor, quiet activities like beading, and other hand activities.  She loves to garden, help in the house and to be given chores.

Mia lives on a farm and loves the animals.  She is not on any medication and has very good physical health.  She has been working hard learning English and how to fit into a family after years in an orphanage. Her family has been homeschooling her and has been spending the majority of time helping her learn English, good manners, understand her background, etc  She is learning letters and sounds and early arithmetic.  She would do well in a homeschooling environment but would also be fine in school.

Mia’s personality is quiet, and she wants to obey.  She absolutely craves attention and spends nearly all her time trying to get her adoptive mom’s attention.

As in many cases when a child is mis-aged and adopted at an older age, Mia has tested lower than American average on IQ and other tests. Her memory struggles with all the new facets of an American environment, and she needs help to grasp new concepts that she is learning.

Mia needs to be the youngest child in the home with no other children under age 10.  Priority will be given to home study ready (or nearly ready) families.

Adoption is a legal process so there are costs associated with her adoption.This adoption qualifies for the IRS Adoption Tax Credit.

For further information about Mia, please write to us at [email protected]

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