Three years ago, a passerby found Kate wandering a mountain park in southern China. A 10-year-old girl, dressed in a pink coat and pants, Kate was found all alone. At barely 50 lbs, with a greenish-yellow cast to her skin, she seemed weak and small for her age. The stranger contacted the police. After an unsuccessful search for her birth family, they sent her to a social welfare institute in Guangxi province.
At the institute, Kate was found to have severe anemia caused by beta thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder. After a blood transfusion, both her health and appetite improved. Her youthful color came back to her skin, and she showed more spirit and energy. She sang songs and drew pictures of the sun and moon, of stars and flowers. She seemed shy, but happy.
For two years, Kate lived in the children’s institute, where caregivers found her to be polite and helpful. Although she had received little formal education, she began to study embroidery and knitting, learning quickly. In 2010, Kate went to live with a foster family and also started school.
She hopes to be adopted into a permanent family, who should be patient and understanding of older child adoption and its impact on behavior and learning skills.
A video of Kate is available here http://youtu.be/y6RRyZsMXzg. If you need more help on completing this adoption in time, please look at the link on the right for Expedited Chinese Adoptions.
Kate's CWI has agreed to waive the orphanage donation.
Kate is on the shared list. For more information, please contact your agency.