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“Little Mother” Kathryn

Some children are naturally nurturing and attract younger children to them.  When she was a student in our Believe in Me Changde School, twelve-year-old Kathryn was one of these nurturing types. Missy, LWB’s former education director, was fortunate enough to meet Kathryn in November 2007  and was impressed by the way she cared for the younger children. Ever since, Missy has affectionately referred to Kathryn as “The Little Mother.” She recalls how Kathryn not only took care of these younger children but was almost always bouncing two little ones on her knee whenever she sat down. Each time Kathryn sat down, it seemed she had children crawling onto her lap with curiosity and love.

While Missy was visiting the Changde SWI, she was able to sit down and complete an art project with Kathryn. It was difficult for Missy to get one-on-one time with her since the younger children did not want to leave her alone long enough to let her have some time to herself. However, in the end she created a unique piece of art.

Kathryn’s special need is postoperative glossal lymphangioma.  She was in LWB’s Believe in Me Changde School from 2007 to 2008 where she confidently completed her school work and also helped with chores. She got along well with other children and enjoyed a variety of activities. In 2009 Kathryn started in public school, and now we have just learned that her adoption paperwork was filed.  She is ready to be matched with a family!

“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” ~ Deepak Chopra

A new door with the possibility for a new future has opened for Kathryn, who will be 13 later this year. Kathryn is eligible for adoption until she turns 14 –just about one more year. We hope that this year is when her future can truly begin — with a family who can allow Kathryn to not only act as a mother but to be mothered herself!

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.

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  • BonnieWard says:

    I have met “Kathryn” in 2007 and in 2010 … she had started at local public school and was doing wonderfully. She is a GOOD kid, helpful, interested, caring, committed to doing her best … mischievious and funny … happy … “Kathryn” would do very well in a family with other children but she would also do well as an only child … She would benefit from some compassion and attention to “girly” things such as hair and clothes as she has traditionally been the one who provides those things for others … I think any family considering adding to their family would be so blessed to have “Kathryn” join them!

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