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Cole came into care shortly after birth. He has malformations of his hands and feet (likely arthrogryposis). He is able to use his right hand better than his left, and can feed himself and color with a marker. He cannot walk, but scoots around adeptly and can ride on a toy scooter. He also has a motorized wheelchair and has become more confident and independent since receiving it. He needs walking aids and therapy that are not available at his orphanage. Cole wants to walk very much and hopes that when he grows up, this will be possible for him. Cole demonstrates the ability to form good relationships with others. He can express his feelings verbally and is curious to start conversations with adults, asking questions and revealing his sense of humor. He attends school and can follow the rules there. He gets along well with both adults and children. Although early reports indicate the possibility of a cognitive delay, more recent reports describe him as a smart boy who has made big improvements in his cognitive, social and language development. His progress is described as "remarkable" and he is said to be catching up with other children his age cognitively. He can easily memorize and repeat poems. He likes to read books and can re-tell the plot of a story he has read. He likes animals and often pretends to be one when he is playing! He also loves cars. Several reports are on file, including a detailed write-up by his teacher. Please contact us to learn more about this special boy! A $3000 Special Blessings Grant* is available toward Theo's adoption through Holt.
* Special Blessings Grants are available to families who earn an annual adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less and do not apply to fees already paid to Holt International. Families who do not qualify for the Special Blessings Grant may still apply for our Special Needs Adoption Fund grant.
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