UPDATE: We shared Cole’s story in 2018, but he is still waiting for a permanent, loving family! Since that time, Cole’s cognitive, social and language development have significantly improved. At school, Cole enjoys reading, memorizing and asking a lot of questions for better understanding. His teachers share that he has made remarkable progress!
His sense of humor is apparent, and he loves to build relationships and laugh with his peers. More recently, he has enjoyed playing with cars and reading books. He also loves reading and learning about animals!
Cole is increasingly independent and confident with his motorized wheelchair. But even though he can move from place to place, Cole dreams of walking one day. His curiosity is stronger than ever before, and he hopes to explore the world around him by foot.
A Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family bring Cole home!
This is not an overstatement: whether or not Cole will ever be able to walk will likely depend on whether a family chooses to adopt him.
Cole came into care shortly after birth and he has malformations of his hands and feet, which keep him from walking. His caregivers say it is unlikely that he will be able to walk unless he can receive walking aids and therapy that are not available at his orphanage. Cole needs a family that can provide for his medical needs.
Even though he can’t yet walk, Cole loves to explore. He has learned how to navigate his orphanage by sliding around while sitting up and he also rides around in his wheelchair (see video). His caregivers describe him as persistent and intelligent as he has to figure out how to accomplish tasks on his own.
One caregiver tells the story of how, when she asked a group of kids during snack time if they would share any with her, only one offered to share. It was Cole and he did it happily. Cole is a very sweet and special boy.
Although developing the ability to walk would be a huge opportunity for Cole, what he also needs is a permanent family that will show him all the love and attention that he needs to grow and develop.