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Julian’s Joy

Having Down syndrome is like being born normal. I am just like you and you are just like me. We are all born in different ways, that is the way I can describe it. I have a normal life. — Chris Burke

Julian’s photos always make me smile.   Each month, he beams at me from my computer screen, and I look forward to the descriptions of this month’s joy-filled mischief.   Julian is a delightful three year old with Down Syndrome who lives in our Loudi foster care program in Hunan.  Julian doesn’t walk by himself yet, but he can get anywhere he needs by holding onto furniture and walls.   Although he is quiet and only says a few words, he understands so much more.

Julian has a close relationship with his foster father. When foster dad hugs him and raises him up, he laughs happily. Julian also loves the outdoors. When foster mom takes him to pick up his older foster brother from school, he raises his head in his stroller, looks at the sky, and laughs heartily. He is curious about everything. As you can see here, he especially loves investigating the colorful ads in the paper. I can just see his little mind trying to decide what he might like to buy.

We’re pleased to report that Julian’s file has been spotted on the shared agency waiting child list.   If you would like more information about adopting Julian, please contact us at [email protected]. This loving, playful boy is in need of a forever family to provide support of his development and to share in the joy he sees in life.

Melissa Widenhofer is the Loudi Foster Care Co-Coordinator. She lives with her husband and three children in Maryland. Her youngest child was adopted from Hunan, China in 2005. She is honored to be able to serve the children still waiting through LWB.

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