He Strives To Enjoy Living To The Fullest

Posted: July 16, 1999

Laughter is a helpful part of Jamil's life, starting with the animals where he lives. There are two peacocks that peek in the windows. Jamil, 11, calls them nosy and then goes out to give them bread and grain.

And there's a billy goat that strolls over when the children are going downhill on the driveway. He butts his head softly in their backs and pushes them along.

Jamil's social worker describes him as affectionate, a child who greets people with a hug. His foster mother says, "He's a joy, and he enjoys life."

Jamil receives therapy for feelings of loss and abandonment, and takes medication for an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He suffered neglect and abuse, but is safe and secure now.

Last year Jamil was on the honor roll, and he'll be entering seventh grade this fall. Tests show he has an average IQ; he likes to read and do math problems on the computer.

Tap dancing and jazz got Jamil applause and flowers after a recent recital, and he also likes swimming, roller-blading, fishing and playing tennis.

Jamil is in good health and eligible for financial subsidy.

This child and others are available for adoption. Write to the National Adoption Center, in care of Paddy Noyes, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 701, Philadelphia 19102; call 215-735-9988 or visit the Web site: http://www.adopt.org

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