This young man is in need of a special and experienced family. He is a ten year old boy who was born premature and was in and out of the hospital often in his early life. He came into care in June 2006 after experiencing neglect in his birth family and entered his current foster home the next month. On admission he was noted to curse when angry, did not talk much, have disturbed sleep and developmental delays. He soon began meeting with a psychologist, taking medication, and attending two sessions of play therapy a month. He was reported to make progress and began nursery school in May 2007, and his foster family helped him adjust to this change gradually. He is reportedly a slow learner and needs extra help in the classroom and with homework. In May 2008 his doctor noted ADHD and Attachment Disorder, having developed behaviors such as stealing, lying, playing with fire, and bullying, which have sense greatly reduced. He in currently in the third grade and states that he likes school, and he attends special summer activities such as traditional music lessons and reading classes. On a March 2011 visit, the Waiting Child Program Manager witnessed his skill in completing math problems. His current academic ranking is 10 out of 30 students. At his foster home, he helps with the cleaning by taking out the trash and setting the table. He likes to eat oily rice with boiled chicken, as well as bananas. An interested family must be experienced with adopting children with behavior challenges, understand the neurological issues underlying these behaviors, and have access to the professional resources needed to start the process of treatment. His adoptive family should also be willing to keep him in contact with his younger birth sisters.
To adopt this child, there should be no more than 45 years age difference between the younger parent and the child. Families with no more than 2 children in the home preferred, though there may be flexibility on a case-by-case basis. * See country criteria for complete requirements.