Birthday: June 4, 2007
Stephanie was born June 4, 2007 and abandoned and admitted into the orphanage six years later. She was diagnosed with a neurological disorder. Stephanie is a lovely young lady who is patient, kind and hilarious. She enjoys slapstick humor, caring for baby dolls, and trying new things. Stephanie is delayed, but finds joy in many things. She loves her nannies, her roommates, and is often found with a huge smile on her face. When Stephanie joined the project, on November 3, 2014, she had a lot of strength and weight to gain, and since then we have seen wonderful improvements. Stephanie is learning how to crawl and sit on her own, and also how to communicate with some basic sign language. We are thrilled to be able to help her develop with therapy and education so that she can reach her full potential.
Daily Needs: Sponsors needed
For those of you who sponsor Stephanie, you've already read this precious story written by her nannies. It's such a beautiful and touching retelling of a few moments during one day in September -- a story of the hope and the promise that a little eight year-old has, and it brought tears to our eyes. It will probably make you tear up too... you've been warned!
It is the ninth month since Stephanie joined our project. This month we set a new developmental goals for Stephanie, Our foster moms work very hard for each and every child, and so do all of the children. They put lots of effort into learning and doing things.
-- Stephanie is also making progress day by day. Stephanie is a very clever girl; she only took 2 sign language classes to learn a few new signs. She also can creep on the mat about 2 feet or so.
She is also very curious about new things. For example, one day I saw a beautiful butterfly on the window, so I caught it and showed it to three of the children. Kristiana only took a look but was afraid to hold it. Emerson is a big boy, but after a brief look, he went back and played with his favorite toy again, but Stephanie followed the butterfly wherever it went. She chased it by flipping and crawling.
With her eyes focused on that butterfly, she caught the butterfly with her little hands and as if to say to me: “Butterfly! I caught a butterfly. I caught it!” she laughed happily, I said to her, “Stephanie, gentle,gentle, catching a butterfly may kill it.” Stephanie heard that, and fearing to kill that butterfly, she carefully put the butterfly on the ground. That butterfly paused a bit and began to go. Stephanie happily pointed at the butterfly as if she was saying, "It is gone. It is alive. It's gone.” Then the butterfly flew near her, as if it was saying “thank you.”
When I think back to today, that butterfly is kind of strange. It didn't fly. It only moved its wings a couple of times, and walked slowly on the ground. Stephanie looked at that butterfly, and I told her, "Stephanie, lets free that butterfly shall we? Without flower, sun, and water, it won't survive; let’s set it free, yeah?" Stephanie nodded, and said “ok,” so I held up the butterfly and released my hand on the balcony, it flew away! How strange it flew away! I wish our Stephanie can swing her wings like the butterflies!
We provide this information to give our sponsors and supporters a general idea of the challenges our children face. For prospective adoptive parents, this information is not intended to be a substitute for a complete and up-to-date referral packet from your adoption agency. Please keep in mind that in our communications, we always try to focus on a child's strengths, accomplishments, and positive developments, not in an attempt to gloss-over their often serious medical conditions, but in an effort to share a glimpse of their precious personalities.