Waiting Child Wednesday: Jeri
Jeri is a five-year-old boy in our Huainan On-site Family Care Program and Education Program who is waiting for adoption. When he was a baby, Jeri came into our care as a resident of our China Healing Homes program.
Jeri quickly transformed from a serious little one to a jovial baby who could easily be teased to laugh and love to interact with the nannies and other children at the healing home.
Jeri was born with cerebral palsy, and the nannies at our Healing Home helped him grow strong enough to live with a foster family.
Recently this year, Jeri moved from foster care to living on-site with his foster family. They tell us that there is nothing that stops him, including his cerebral palsy.
Initially walking with a walker, Jeri no longer typically uses it and is able to go up and down stairs independently using the railing.
Jeri uses a few words to express himself, but his kind personality shines through his actions. With a smile, he always brings his home grandmother her slippers when she walks in the door. He enjoys helping with grocery shopping and pays careful attention to what is being said. You can always tell he is listening intently to a conversation when he tilts his head and gets a serious expression on his face. He particularly enjoys playing outside with his friends and lights up with a big smile when he is able to do so!
Whether it is spicy food or sweet pies, Jeri has a good appetite and enjoys eating. His home Grandpa recently didn’t want to share some extra spicy broad beans with him, but Jeri insisted and ate them even as he began to sweat from the heat of the spice.
Despite the care and attention he receives in our On-site Family Care Program what Jeri really needs is a family of his own. This sweet boy is waiting to be adopted. We know his forever family is out there; might it be yours?
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