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Sir Ciaran, Gentleman of Loudi

Ciaran is a wonderful four-year-old little boy in our Loudi Foster Care program in Hunan.  He lives with Down Syndrome, so his speech development is a bit slower, but his understanding is excellent.  He is a polite little boy who is quick to run to get a stool for his foster mom when she comes in from outside.  He is quick to be obedient and enjoys collecting his toys and putting them away after playtime.  What a happy helper he is!

My favorite part of each report I read about Ciaran is the description of his relationship with his younger foster sister.  He enjoys holding her hand to help her walk around the house, and they often babble together, looking at one another and smiling, even though no one else understands what they are saying to each other. He is also so very patient with his little friend.  When she steals his toys, he lets her play with them for a while.  When she throws his blocks, he kindly picks them up and puts them back in the bucket for her to throw again.  Our monitor describes him as being a complete gentleman.

Ciaran has made such progress in recent months that he has received permission to attend the local kindergarten.  He’s going to have his first day of school in just a few short weeks!  I can’t wait to watch him blossom even further with the added stimulation.  I’m sure he will prove to be just as much a gentleman to his teacher and classmates as he is in his home.

I am so excited to share that Ciaran’s file has recently been added to the shared agency list, and he is now ready for his forever family to find him.  Should you be interested in learning more about him, we would be happy to help you get started!

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.

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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