Rusty’s Smile — Worth a Thousand Words!
When I read the LWB foster care reports each month, it always bring me such joy when I see a photo of a child with a big, spontaneous smile. In every report we have received about two-year-old Rusty and his personality, abilities and needs, there is one thing that never changes: HE IS ALWAYS SMILING!
When he is walking, when he is playing, when he is kicking around a soccer ball, Rusty continually wears a smile on his sweet face.
Born with a cleft lip and palate and some digit deformities, Rusty has had surgery now to repair his cleft lip and palate. As a result, we’re now hoping to see his language start to progress. He is in our Shantou Foster Care program, and his foster mother says that even now, Rusty can communicate quite well non-verbally even when he cannot say the words. Just like other little boys his age, he likes to push around little cars and play with his younger brother. Rusty can draw with a pencil and use chopsticks despite his digit deformities.
You cannot hold this young man back!
Meg Montgomery is an Adoption Assistance Advocate for Love Without Boundaries. She is a social worker, living and working in Boston, MA.
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