A Look at Lauren
Excitement continues to grow as we learn of more children whose files are finally available for matching with prospective families. It is such a pleasure to be able to get to know these children in greater detail and to share their stories with all of our blog readers. Lauren is one of these children who has just become available for adoption, and we want to help you get to know her better!
Lauren was featured this past April on our blog (“Lauren: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week“). At that time she was unable to receive an education of any kind. Thanks to our generous sponsors, Lauren now has a personal tutor with whom she has formed a close relationship. We can see the evidence of their relationship in the reports we receive. It is doubly rewarding to be sharing the news that Lauren is available for adoption in addition to how much she seems to be benefiting from our education program.
Lauren’s tutor has fantastic things to say about her progress over the last six months. They have been working together physically, emotionally, and academically. They are physically strengthening her legs and fingers by doing exercises and hand work. During this time the tutor talks with Lauren about how she is doing, her studies, and her dreams in life. Finally, of course, they get to the actual tutoring! The areas in which she receives academic tutoring are Chinese, math, music, and art. In Chinese, her tutor reports that she is always learning new words and utilizing her creativity in language by creating stories from pictures. She has mastered addition and subtraction at this point, so the tutor is working on word problems in math in hopes of making it more applied and fun to learn. Lauren is singing songs and getting to know them well. In art she practices her drawing skills, as well as makes larger projects with scissors and glue…all of which helps to develop her creativity and imagination.
Just listen to some of the things Lauren’s tutor has shared that we think demonstrate who Lauren truly is:
* Her smile is not so shy anymore. You will see her smile now so happy and confident.
* She can feel the fun of singing songs now and has mastered the right rhythms.
* She can cut any patterns using her imagination.
* She is anxious to learn more and always looks forward to meeting me again.
Finally at twelve years old, Lauren has the opportunity to be matched with a family through the CCCWA’s Waiting Child Program. What we know about her special need is that it is referred to as “extrophy of the lower limbs.” A fellow LWB volunteer and physical therapist who volunteers with LWB had the pleasure of meeting Lauren this past summer reports that she cannot bear weight on her lower limbs and is currently using a wheelchair. We know there is a family waiting for Lauren, and we hope that they will soon come forward.
Please contact us for more information on Lauren!
Love Without Boundaries proudly advocates for adoption but is not an adoption agency. We invite you to contact [email protected] with questions about a child we have featured and encourage you to contact your local adoption agency for more information about China’s Waiting Child Program.