Paige is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. She has never been given therapy, and cannot walk. She crawls everywhere, including up the four flights of stairs to her foster family's home, and can stand as well. Her left side is primarily affected, but who knows her potential at the hands of an excellent therapy program! Her self-care skills are completely independent: she uses the commode by herself, washes her hands, feeds herself, etc.
If you would like more information about this child or know someone else who would, please contact me! I'll connect you with her foster family and share any details that I can. She is currently listed with WACAP adoption agency. We want her to have a home. A chance at therapy. A family. Love.
Or, if you happen to know a wealthy person who has a passion for orphans, but does not or can not adopt, and they would generously be willing to pay for us to return to China and bring her home, contact me!!! The expensive adoption process means fundraising for us. It's time-consuming, exhausting work. We don't have any issues with working hard, but it has now gotten to the point where it takes an insane amount of time away from our precious kiddos already at home. The time I've missed with them these past two years of fundraising brings me to tears. The incredible four kiddos we have gained/are gaining were worth every bit of the effort, but we just cannot lose anymore time discipling and loving on our kiddos. At this junction in our lives, we feel God is telling us it's okay to ask for BIG miracles if adoption is in His plan again.
(Based on two comments below, this paragraph was grossly mis-read and misinterpreted. I'm leaving the original text, but just desire to clarify.)
EDITED TO ADD: The preceding paragraph is noting that we wish WE could be the ones to adopt Paige - to "return to China and bring her home." I meant bring her to OUR home because we would be the ones adopting her!! I believe a reader thought we were suggesting we are looking for someone to pay us to go to China and bring her back for them!!!! This is why I went on to say it would take a financial miracle for us to go through the adoption process again after Samantha and Lily come home this year. We are at a point where the time spent fundraising for adoption expenses would be detrimental to our children already at home. But we also know God works in miraculous ways. I light-heartedly asserted that if a reader knew a rich person who wanted to donate to OUR adoption expenses for us to bring Paige into our family, get them in touch with me. This was not in any way, shape, or form suggesting that I wanted someone wealthy to adopt Paige, or that we would go to China and bring her back for money! Anyone who knows our family is laughing out loud at the very idea!
Our prayer for her is a LOVING family who also strives to meet her medical needs and can adopt her as soon as possible. In addition, it is not in any way "trafficking" to advocate for an orphan. Our adoption agency, WACAP, has given us permission to advocate for this sweetheart. There are certain portions of her information I am restricted to share, and I have not shared any of it. I thought our affection for this child was obvious in what I wrote, but it was commented that I have no regard for her privacy. If we keep silent and do not share the stories of children like Paige, how will anyone know of the need? Advocates are telling the world why these children are priceless, not treating them as worthless. Adoptive parents are naturally going to need to know medical details to assess their ability to care for a child. I was trying to show that despite being unable to walk, this child can do SO much! Her potential is limitless! :)
Please feel free to share about darling Paige! One more thing I'll leave you with - photos BEFORE she was placed with the foster family. There is a visible difference in her joy! THAT, my friends, is what having a family will do for you!
Edited to ADD: This sweetheart is now listed on Reece's Rainbow, a non-profit organization that helps raise funds for children to be adopted!! http://reecesrainbow.org/95757/hallie Let's find her family!