This shy young man was found at a temple when he was an infant by an elderly woman who raised him until he was about 5 years of age. When she could no longer care for him, he was placed in a child welfare institution, where he has been since 2009. Since entering care, he has been healthy, compliant, and kind, is curious and often in a good mood. He gets along well with others and will follow through with tasks. He reportedly has many friends at the care center and is more of a follower than a leader. His caregivers describe him as caring and empathetic. He has a healthy appetite (his favorite food is potato chips) and sleeps well. His motor skills are excellent, and his favorite activities are coloring, drawing, playing with toy cars, and playing soccer outside. He was noted to have an I.Q. of 53 in May 2009, which increased to 77 when he was tested in October 2010. His developmental delays are attributed by his caregivers to his early lack of stimulation. He is in school and learning well, and started first grade in May 2011. He knows colors and numbers, can complete a five piece puzzle, and can identify objects. He has a low self-confidence and is often scared of new situations. He transferred to the Boys Home at the same facility recently due to his age along with three of his peers, and he has adjusted happily so far. He reportedly does better in large group settings and responds well to hugs and compliments. He seeks out attention from others and is ready to be in a family who can give him the personalized attention he deserves. The right family will need to have parented past his age, be able to advocate for his needs, and help him meet his full potential, whatever that may be. http://holtinternational.org/blog/2012/03/a-caring-family-for-a-caring-child/
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.