Thursday, July 15, 2010

Shae Rose, Adoption 29

As some of you might now I spent most of June in New York.  I am behind in almost everything including the updates on all of the adoptions.  We did 3 adoptions on Sunday and Monday, but first let me tell you about Rose.

I found Rose in the orphanage in November 2006 while we were there with Jeanie Butler and her daughter Hailey, who named her.  She had a very visible hemangioma on her nose and I offered to take her.  At that time the orphanage said no.  I did not forget about Rose and continued to ask for her.  She was already a one year old when we were able to get her and I remember talking to them about an American doctor Lisa Buckmiller who was coming to Shanghai and could help Rose.  Her nose had become about the size of a golf ball and the hemangioma had begun to destroy her right nostril.  Dr Lisa was able to help with surgery and some steroid injections it stopped the growth. So this is how Rose came to live at Starfish.

I just loved seeing her grow. I discovered over time that she was extremely verbal.  She started talking at a very young age and also started to learn the Shaanxi dialect.  She knew which of the nannies spoke the dialect and to whom she could speak Mandarin.  The nannies told me that her Mandarin diction was just beautiful.  Just before she left she had the biggest vocab and there were times I could not understand her. Interesting enough she would never speak English, but I knew she understood because she would give me answers in Mandarin.  She also learned things really fast and remember things for days after you told her. Se was very tenacious about learning to eat with chopsticks. She also became my assistant photographer.  She could use the point and shoot  camera better than the nannies.  She loved taking photos of her world.  It was really interesting to see.

I could not understand why her adoption papers took so long. Rose herself asked for a family.  She knew that she did not have a mom and a dad she was so aware of this at three.  During this time she watched her friend Ellie (Heather) get a family and she was sad and asked when her family was coming. As with many children who survive the orphanage, Rose had a really strong personality.There were times you could not reason with her when she got an idea in her head.  She continued to talk about her family often. We waited and waited and finally the news came.  She was matched with a family from Georgia in the US.  She was going to a family who had been waiting for 4 years for a child.  Rose was to have an older nine year old brother and a mom and a dad.

So in the beginning of May her family came to get her. From what I hear she adores her older brother, likes to go swimming and is picking up English really fast.  I am so glad that she doing well and having a great time with her new family. 

Life, love and laughter,

Starfish Children's Services
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Xian China

At Starfish, we have taken care of 112 children to date, arranged more than 80 surgeries and had 31 international adoptions, so our little starfishes live all over the globe: the US, Netherlands, Norway, France, Spain and in China.  Our latest four adoptions took place in two weeks and we now have babies in three new places: Sweden, Denmark and Canada and a new US state, Georgia.  We currently have 52 babies under the age of 3 and three foster homes. We have eleven babies matched and we are waiting for their families to come and get them.
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1 comment:

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

If I have said it once I have said it a million times... I just love it when you see the babies finally getting their families...