I had a really, really hard time deciding who to do this week for my Waiting Wednesday post. I finally decided, so meet Natalia!
Girl, Born March 6, 2003
Natalia is a GORGEOUS little girl with brown hair and giant blue eyes. She is 6 years old. She is a very smart little girl, but her medical records show cognitive delay and some epileptic issues. Her seizures are infrequent, and she does take medication to control it. Her cognitive delay is likely a result of the seizures though. She also has some strabismus (crossed/lazy eye), but this can be corrected in the US. Natalia is able to speak, and when our missionary asked her if she would tell us something , she was trying to rehearse a little poem! Natalia is not able to walk on her own. She is carried everywhere. We are uncertain as to WHY this is, but can only know in our hearts that her life will be greatly improved to have therapy and a family of her own. She is a very nice little girl, happy and friendly and beautiful. She will truly thrive in a family environment.
From her medical records: epilepsy and flat feet
Natalia is already living in an institution, so we need a family for her right away! She recently lost her adoptive family, so her situation is urgent! She is STILL living at the "not so good" place, and is unable to walk on her own yet. We need to get her out immediately.
As with all children living in these difficult conditions, this child's cognitive development has regressed significantly since he/she was younger. It is of crucial importance that any family considering the adoption of an older child from the mental institution setting be well prepared for what to expect with regards to how the neglect and lack of adequate medical care and nourishment has affected this child. These children all have TREMENDOUS potential for improvement, and deserve to have a life outside these four walls.
These children are truly living on borrowed time, and families should be home study approved before an official commitment can be made for this child.
I AM ELIGIBLE FOR AN OLDER CHILD GRANT
Isn't she just gorgeous?!?! I can't believe she doesn't have a family yet, though as it says in her profile, she has lost one before. The orphanage where she is living is an institution, meaning she has been transferred, and she is living on borrowed time. She needs out NOW. Please, is she your daughter?