This beautiful and healthy girl with a big smile is described as having a good sense of humor. Bethany enjoys coloring, writing, drawing, playing with Barbies, listening to music, and dancing. She has been in care almost since birth and has been living with a foster family since 2006, but will return to orphanage care in 2013 if she is not matched with an adoptive family. Around the house, Bethany puts her toys away, folds clothes, makes her bed, and gets food for herself. She is taking medications for hyperactivity, which she has been on and off since November 2008. Bethany is currently on target with motor skills, though she is behind in the areas of language and education. She is assessed to have a short attention span and a low IQ. She also is being followed up with speech therapy and psychologist appointments. Bethany is stated to be a talkative girl, though her pronunciation is not clear, and seems calm and settled when she is at home. She has attended a few different schools because of low frustration tolerance and behavioral challenges. Her foster mother is helping her with reading at home. Currently Bethany can spell simple words, write her full name, and count from 1 to 15. This special young lady has been waiting for the love of a family who has experience parenting past her age and dealing with behavioral challenges, and who has the educational resources that she needs. Her family will also need to be prepared for the grief and loss of leaving her foster home, for which the in-country staff have been preparing her. Country program eligibility may be flexible, please inquire. http://holtinternational.org/blog/2011/12/a-good-change-for-bethany/
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.