Christopher has interests aplenty

Posted: January 27, 2003

Christopher, 7, is doing well in special-education classes at a prekindergarten level. He's verbal and sociable and can handle routine activities with ease.

This is remarkable because he was abused and sustained brain damage when he was an infant. Though he has a problem remembering long-range instructions, he follows on-the-spot directions without problems.

Coloring with crayons and drawing houses and flowers are his favorite activities. He also likes riding a bike in the neighborhood, swimming in the local pool, and playing tag and hide-and-seek.

There is neglect in his background, and he receives therapy mainly to address behavior management. He takes medication for an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Christopher is in good health and eligible for a financial subsidy. He needs a one- or two-parent family, with or without children, to adopt him.

This child and others are available for adoption by approved applicants. The process usually takes two to 12 months. For more information, contact the National Adoption Center, 1500 Walnut St., Philadelphia 19102; call 215-735-9988; or visit the Web site at www.adopt.org.

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