This handsome young man has been in care since he was approximately one month old. He is currently living with a group of 9 boys between the ages of 5 and 9. He enjoys playing with his peers at school as well. He can be somewhat shy and needs some time to adjust himself to new people and environments. He is described as a soft spoken child with a sweet demeanor. He was born with Crouzon syndrome which has mainly affected the development of his skull. He has craniosynostosis and has required a reconstructive surgery. His doctors suspect that he will require at least one additional surgery as he ages. He also has mild ear canal stenosis and reportedly has mild hearing loss in his right ear. It is also reported that his birth mother was HIV+ and passed away shortly following his birth, but he has tested negative for HIV. His gross and fine motor skills are reportedly well developed and he is able to walk, run, jump and is left handed. He is currently in first grade and is described as a bright and quick learner with a long attention span. He is able to read and write as well as complete two digit addition and subtraction problems. His teachers report that he has a very strong desire to complete any task assigned to him perfectly and correctly. Due to this he can become frustrated if things to do not work out as he plans. He is also described as a very neat and organized child and does need some help to build his self-confidence. He enjoys spending his time coloring, as well as reading, and reportedly has good reading comprehension skills. He is currently receiving therapy to treat torticollis as well as unclear speech. It is believed that his speech may be unclear due to a combination of his mild hearing loss and high arch palate, which is common in people with his syndrome. His caregivers report that he likes to receive positive praise and individualized attention. He would do best with a family who is experienced in older child adoption and who are able to provide him with any ongoing medical care or therapies that he needs. http://holtinternational.org/blog/2012/08/seeking-the-perfect-family-for-payton/
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.