Medically we are still in a holding pattern as we wait for the bones in Henry's face to grow some more. Sooner or later his doctors will next seek to widen the curvature of his maxilla (which was squeezed together in the early construction of his palate) while also bringing it forward to rest more evenly above his lower jaw. Henry seems perfectly happy for now with things as they are. His speech is remarkable.
baby jaguar safely close by.
It says a lot that at the top of the list of Henry’s favorite activities is still playing hide and seek with his dad. It’s his own special version of the classic game and played inside the house with only the barest attempts at hiding.
The main point of the game and its best part is simply to be found.
At the Pingliang Children’s Welfare Institute, the orphanage where Henry started out in western China’s Gansu Province, the number of children there has increased to 178. As has been the case for some time, nearly all the children have special needs but there are now more boys at the orphanage than girls. Some have mild or moderate issues but many have serious developmental disorders or other conditions that require special care. With so many special needs children the orphanage has traditionally had a difficult time placing children in adoptions. An international adoption agency called WACAP has been able to match a number of Pingliang children in foreign adoptions during the past year or so. In February 2013 it established an adoption partnership with the orphanage by agreeing to provide it with some modest but more regular financial support. An agency representative reports that WACAP has renewed this partnership for 2014 and will soon be receiving files for more Pingliang children eligible for adoption. Meanwhile, Love Without Boundaries (LWB) is exploring the possibility of establishing one of its Believe In Me school programs in the orphanage. LWB would likely be able to cover the set-up costs for the school but would be looking for monthly sponsors.