Sophia is 5 years old and was recently adopted internationally (March 2018) with a diagnosis of a seizure disorder that was reportedly resolved. However, once her family picked her up at the orphanage, they found that she still has frequent seizures (we have results of a recent MRI we will send if you request her full profile). Sophia’s need for therapies, medical appointments and individual attention are overwhelming to this family with two other young special needs children. They are heartbroken over this but know that finding the right family for Sophia is going to make all the difference for her future. Please write to us for Sophia’s full profile if you’d like to be considered for her forever family through adoption.
Her adopted parents describe her as active, full of energy, and sensory seeking through running, jumping, hitting, squeezing and moving. Sophia craves attention and affection, which she freely gives. She likes to look in the mirror at herself after having her hair done. She likes to run and be chased—she gets very excited during this game. She likes to play peek-a-boo. She enjoys pressure stimuli like tight hugs. She likes to be tickled and to give Eskimo kisses (rub noses). She is day and night potty-trained (only wearing a diaper to bed and naps due to bladder release during a seizure). She will tell you whenever she needs to use the bathroom. She can dress herself with a bit of help—buttons and zippers are pretty easy for her. She likes to smell and touch things as she learns about something new. Her adopted dad tells us she makes great eye contact. She is very content to be strapped into a car seat and watch the world go by. She stays calm and enjoys this.
Sophia can name (in English) hair, eye, nose, teeth, mouth, foot, and ear. She can count to 10 with help but doesn’t act like she knows what the numbers mean. She does not yet know her colors or have the ability to sort things via color. She can repeat the alphabet after you although she doesn’t know what it means. She is developing a vocabulary of English words she’s added to the long list of Chinese words she uses frequently.
A new family should have access to a pediatric neurologist as well as the various therapies Sophia will likely need as she continues to develop. We are hoping to find a new adoptive family with no other children under age 8 in the home, who has the time and energy to devote to finding out what is going on medically with Sophia and can spend the quality time she’s going to need to reach her full potential. Her current family will consider a new family who is Evangelical Christian and committed to teaching Sophia about the love of Christ and how to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
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, or DE. If you live in the state of OR, you will have to finalize the adoption in the child’s original state (sometimes this requires additional travel). 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!
Adoption is a legal process so there will be costs associated. This adoption qualifies for the IRS Adoption Tax Credits.
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