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Updated October 27 – Kayla Oksana and Isaac – Available until Dec 15, 2022

Kayla Oksana and Isaac

Meet Kayla, born in 2015. She is doing very well, no notable special needs. Oksana and Issac are twins born in 2014. Oksana is doing very well, while Isaac has some needs. (N) To learn more, text us at 704 527 7673

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Kayla – Isaac’s Twin – Born 2014

Good general condition. The apparent age, corresponding to the actual. She is in normal physical and neuro-psychological development for her age. Healthy, rarely suffers from acute viral infections. There are no data on food and drug allergies.

Motor skills: General: Has good coordination of lower and upper extremities.

Fine: Well-developed fine motor skills.

Perceptions and ideas: Very well oriented to time, space and own person. Recognizes shapes, objects and figures – differentiated visual perceptions. There is good concentration, resistance to active attention. She has good memory abilities.

Attention: She has good concentration of attention. She easily concentrates on a given task.

Thinking: All logical thought processes have a good indicator.

Imagination: Possesses a developed imagination – a high level of ability to accurately reproduce an object, phenomenon, as well as the ability to independently create new images.

Intelligence: Well-developed intellectual capabilities and abilities.

Emotional development: The emotional tonus of the child is positive. Contact, emotional and inquisitive. Adequately expresses her emotional state and recognizes that of others. When a remark is made, she knows how to correct her behavior, knows how to apologize, when she realizes a mistake has been made.

Language – speaking skills and communication:

Speaks correctly, uses a vocabulary satisfactory for her age. Uses complex sentences. Demonstrates consistency and adequacy while performing a task. Has slight difficulties in pronouncing some complex words.

Can identify herself by gender and age. Calm and cheerful child. She is always smiling, radiant, does not cry for no reason. Like any child, she likes to be the center of attention.

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Oksana – Born 2015

Good general condition. The apparent age, corresponding to the actual age. She is in normal physical and neuro-psychological development for her age. Healthy, rarely suffers from acute viral infections. There are no data on food and drug allergies.

Motor skills: General: Has good coordination of lower and upper extremities.

Fine: Well developed fine motor skills.

Perceptions and ideas: Very well oriented to time, space and own person. Recognizes shapes, objects and figures – differentiated visual perceptions. There is good concentration, resistance to active attention. She has good memory abilities.

Attention: She has good concentration of attention. She easily concentrates on a given task.

Memory: the main parameters of memory – memorization, retention, reproduction correspond to the age of the child.

Thinking: All logical thought processes have a good indicator.

Imagination: Possesses a developed imagination – a high level of ability to accurately reproduce an object, phenomenon, as well as the ability to independently create new images.

Intelligence: Well-developed intellectual capabilities and abilities.

Emotional development: The emotional tonus of the child is positive. Contact, emotional and inquisitive. Adequately expresses her emotional state and recognizes that of others. When a remark is made, she knows how to correct her behavior, knows how to apologize, when she realizes a mistake has been made.

Language – speaking skills and communication: Speaks correctly, uses a vocabulary satisfactory for her age. Uses complex sentences. Demonstrates consistency and adequacy while performing a task. Has slight difficulties in pronouncing complex words.

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Isaac – Kayla’s Twin – Born 2014

The apparent age does not correspond to the actual. There is a slight lag in physical and neuro-psychic development for the age. The child is healthy, rarely suffers from acute viral infections. There are no food or drug allergies.

Since his admission, developmental delay has been noticed and the necessary consultations have been made with a general practitioner, endocrinologist, pulmonologist and neurologist. After the user’s dispensary stay at the Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Children’s Diseases a diagnosis has been made: Duchenne spinal muscular dystrophy. On 13.09.2021 he was admitted for prophylactic medical examination.

Motor skills: General: Has good coordination of upper extremities. Clumsy gait. Fine: Fine motor skills are not well developed given the disease.

Psychological status:

Perceptions and ideas: Oriented autopsychically (i.e., oriented in relation to itself) and alopsychically (i.e., oriented in relation to the world), oriented in space (spatial orientation), partially temporarily disoriented (temporal orientation). Recognizes shapes, objects and figures – differentiated visual perceptions. He has difficulty concentrating, instability of active attention is observed. Memory abilities are not well developed.

Attention: Significantly reduced concentration, switchability and distribution of attention. Easily distracted when completing a set task.

Memory: The main parameters of memory – memorization, retention, reproduction are reduced to the minimum for the age of the child.

Thinking: All logical thought processes have a low indicator. There is a poor vocabulary, poor in form and means of expression. It is difficult to establish cause-and-effect relationships. Concrete-figurative thinking is leading.

Imagination: Weakly developed imagination – a low level of ability to accurately reproduce an object, phenomenon, as well as the ability to independently create new images.

Intelligence: Poorly developed intellectual capabilities and abilities. Due to the disease, the user has a delay in intellectual development. Has difficulty pronouncing four-, five- and more-syllable words. Falling behind in learning the study material.

Orientation to place and time: Poor orientation to time and place,

Emotional development: The emotional tonus of the child is positive. Contact, emotional. Expresses his emotional state and recognizes that of others. When a remark is made to him, he corrects himself, knows how to apologize.

Updated October 27 -Sam – Available until Dec 15, 2022

Sam

Sam is a precious 3 year old whose physical development corresponds to his age. He is behind on mental development and needs a committed family to help him catch up. (M) For more, text us at 704 527 7673.

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Sam is 3.  He is a handsome child with expressive eyes. He is a well-proportioned and well-built child. He enters the room walking alone, accompanied by the pedagogue of his group.

His physical development corresponds to his age. He currently weighs 12 kg and is 91 cm tall.

Due to the delay in neuropsychological development and some manifestations of the autistic spectrum, on November 2, 2022 Sam will enter the Pediatric Clinic for an examination, consultation with a child neurologist and a diagnostic examination for atypical autism by a child psychiatrist.

He didn’t show much concern at my presence as a stranger, but he immediately began to look for the pedagogue, and when she stood next to him, he seemed to feel more secure.

He looked carefully at the little toys and book I brought him as a present. He touched all the new items, flipped through the pet picture book, but continued with the other gifts. We opened the little cubes, which he looked at for a moment, and then took the clear plastic packaging. Sam concentrated on using his fingers to peel off a small piece of what was left of the label stuck on it. At first he didn’t succeed, but he didn’t give up and with care and concentration managed to peel it off. The next new and interesting item for him turned out to be my document folder. He reached to pick it up and leaf through it, but was verbally instructed by the teacher not to touch it. He looked into the eyes of the pedagogue  and obeyed the prohibition, refusing to look at and take my folder.

He started playing with the plastic packaging again. He was sitting quietly on the bed until he was allowed to get off and walk around the room. Moves and climbs into bed and chair without problems.

Right now, he immediately went around seeing what was there. Sam likes to open and close windows and doors. He went to the window, saw that it was tightly closed, knocked a few times on the glass and went to touch the television in the room.

He was brought a musical toy with keys, he pressed them with one hand, but his attention was drawn to another staff person in the room who was copying a document onto the printer. The sound of the printer impressed him and Sam listened very carefully and at the same time watched as the copied sheet came out.

In conclusion, Sam is an attractive child. Born a second degree of prematurity, he developed more slowly, but in the last month he began to make progress in some of the important areas of his neuropsychological development. If he is adopted by a family that has experience with children with special needs, and in which he receives special attention, love and care, I think he will be able to integrate, be happy and develop his potential.

 

 

Updated Nov 10, 22 – Teddy – Available until Dec 15, 2022

Teddy

Teddy is 4. He is delayed and avoids eye contact with strangers. Is strongly bonded with foster mom and expresses affection with her. He needs a permanent home. (I) For more, text us at 704 527 7673.

 

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The child is placed with a foster family

The information below was received from the foster mother and from the social worker of the child.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHILD:

 

  1. Any diseases or complications after February 15, 2021: NO
  2. Any new consultations after February 15, 2021: NO
  3. New hospitalizations after February 15, 2021: NO
  4. New immunizations: NO
  5. Is there any change in the motor development of the child? If yes, what is it? Thanks to the physical therapy, the child has achieved prompt progress in his motor development
  • General motor skills: His gait is proper; he can run; when walking, he steps flat on his feet, only from time to time he steps on his toes. When climbing stairs up and down he seeks assistance from his foster mother and holds her hand. Its is harder for him to climb down than to climb up. It seems that when climbing up he holds her hand rather to feel more secure than because he cannot do it. He is more stable when climbing up than when climbing down. When walking, if he comes across a step or a higher place, he stops: sometimes he touches the ground with his hands, sometimes he goes further after some hesitation and sometimes he grabs the hand of his foster mother and then goes further. My impression is that he can do it but he feels insecure and this is why he seeks assistance in such cases.
  • Fine motor skills: His grasp is somewhat clumsy. he grabs and holds firmly his toys. He cannot scratch with a pencil; if the foster mother holds his hand and leads it, then he scratches.
  • How does he play with toys? He does not play with the toys according to their function, let’s say, he does not push a toy car. He is interested in toys and other objects but he always puts them in his mouth. The foster mother said that if she gives him similar toys with different colors, he would group them by color; if the toys are of different types, he would group them by type. 
  1. Speech: Almost all the time he produces ‘mmmmmm’ with his mouth closed; the sound has different strength and intonation, thus expressing satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

– does he pronounce combinations of sounds: NO

– does he pronounce syllables: NO

  1. Vison: After the surgery of his strabismus, his vision has recovered 100%.
  2. Anthropometry at the time of visit:
  • Weight: 17 kg 200 gr
  • Hight: 102
  • Head circumference: not measured
  • Hyperpigmented spot on his left arm: this is a birth spot with size about 4 mm located on the inner side of the arm near his hand. I tried to take a picture of it but he got frustrated and pulled back his arm when we tried to pull up his sleeve to take a picture. The foster mother said that he has such a spot on his leg too.
  1. Current psychological status; emotional development:
  • Does he have any autistic behaviors: Yes, he does. He avoids eye contact with other people and neglects strangers yet, he makes eye contact with his foster mother. He cries when he finds himself in an unknown environment and the foster mother is not around. Yet, he is used to the day center where he receives therapy and does no cry when his foster mother leaves him there. The child is interested in his environment and examines it. He prefers to interact with adults and does not seek other children to play with. He neglects the foster mother’s grandchildren who are close to his age. When he turns 3, he will be assessed by a psychiatrist. The foster mother does her best to provide for him as many social contacts as possible to teach him interact with other people.  
  • What are the stereotypic behaviors: During our visit he kept running all the time; avoided eye contact with others and produced the ‘mmmmm” sound with various intonations, thus expressing satisfaction or dissatisfaction. He puts in his mouth everything that he grasps with his hands.
  • Emotions: He is attached to his foster mother; she felt this after he turned 1 year and 6 months. Until then he did not express affection. He expresses his affection to her by cuddling, caressing and smiling. After he turned 1 year and 6 months, he started making difference between strangers and known people and to show interest to his environment little by little. In an unknown environment he seeks his foster mother, cries and runs to the door in an attempt to go out of the room. This is how he reacted in the day center at first, however little by little, he got used to go there and he does not cry when his foster mother leaves him there.
  1. Neurological status: The child is delayed in his neuro-psychic development. His progress in this aspect is much slower compared to his motor development. He has taken brain booster for a period of almost 2 years and now he is having a break from it for a period of 2 months. They will decide what to do after that depending on the results.
  2. Daily routine: Tryan goes to bed at 8 pm. He wakes up at 4 am and has a cup of milk with honey. At 6 am he has breakfast and then plays with his toys. In the mornings he has a nap of about 40 to 60 minutes. After that he attends the day center where specialists work with him. Once a week he has sessions with a special pedagogue and twice a week with a psychologist. He has not received yet speech therapy. It will start after he turns 3. After that he has lunch and has a nap in the afternoon. He does not communicate his physiological needs and is not potty trained. They use diapers the boy drinks water from a baby bottle: he takes it and gives it to his foster mother so that she gives him to drink. When he wants something, he takes her by the hand and leads her there.
  3. Personal impressions:

At first Teddy showed no attention to me when I appeared in the room and did not look at me at all. He liked a pen and took it from the desk of one of the social workers. He held it all the time during our visit and often put it in his mouth. We went to a nearby small park with a playground. The foster mother drives him in a stroller because he gets tired. But she said that recently he has become stronger and does not get tired so easily. Once we reached the place and she took him out of the stroller, he began running around and examining the various facilities at the playground and the benches nearby. He paid no attention to the other children playing there. Once he peeled of some of the paint from a climbing frame and tried to put it in his mouth. Of course, we took it from him, so he got very angry and started crying after which he kept pronouncing his ‘mmmmmm’ sound expressing dissatisfaction. The foster mother gave him a candy and only then he changed his intonation into one expressing satisfaction. After that he went to the same place and tried to peel of some paint again. The boy kept examining all the facilities and touching them with his hands at the playground while running at the same time but never made any attempts to use any of them, when the foster mother took him and placed him on a climbing frame, he stood their held by her. At some point he saw a mother of another child sitting on a bench who had salty sticks and showed that he wanted some and went to her. She gave him a treat and he took it.

He kept running around and I kept running after him to take pictures of him and videos. He avoided eye contact with me but I managed to catch his attention several times, so he looked in my eyes and even smiled a little bit. He was interested in the camera and tried to get a hold of it a few times. The foster mother said that he had a great and fast progress with the physical therapy. He does have some autistic behaviors but he has to turn 3 so that a psychiatrist makes an assessment of him. the foster mother shared that when he was placed with her family, he was considered healthy. She understood that there was something wrong after he turned 6 months. She shared that the child GP is of the opinion that his disorders were caused by the vacuum extraction when he was born.

According to me this child has potential; he only needs some help to develop it.

Updated October 21 – Grayson – Available until Dec 15, 2022

Grayson

Grayson is a 6 YO boy diagnosed with Ashtma and CP. He is making improvements in his balance and is able to stand up on his own without support. He can walk a short distance as well. To learn more, text us at 704 527 7673.

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Boy, Age: 6

Region: Eastern Europe

Primary Diagnosis: Severe mental disability; Cerebral palsy; Asthma

Gayson is a 6 years old boy who leaves in a Group home in Eastern Europe.

He was diagnosed with severe mental disability, Cerebral palsy and Asthma for which he took medicines and received care from different specialist.

Grayson stands up on his own, even without support. Walks on its own for short distances but is unsteady. Picks up toys of different sizes and shapes by himself and transfers them from one hand to the other or hands them to a person nearby. Recognizes different types of toys and uses them as intended. He is trying to manipulate with scissors and a pencil, recently he has been successful, he is learning to cut along a line. He tries to draw and manages to keep his attention on this activity for a long time. He likes to have other children around him.

Grayson shows interest in what is going on around him. He understands simple instructions requiring 2-3 steps given to him. His vocabulary is increasing with every passing week – he understands most of what is asked of him, but has difficulty pronouncing the words. The child’s speech development is at the level of pronouncing random sound combinations and syllables. He tries to say the words “grandma”, “mom” and “come”.

Grayson is emotional and sociable. He recognizes the voice of a familiar person, he himself seeks contact with the people around him. Shows interest in musical toys and toys that make different sounds. He is calm and smiley most of the time. Grayson seeks contact with other children in the group. Shows interest in various activities. Imitates the actions of older children.

Grayson needs a loving family to love him, to take care about him and to make his life much better then it is in the Group home.

Updated October 21 – Paul – Available until Dec 15, 2022

Paul

Paul is 7 who was raised by his family until 2016. He has delays. He is calm and pleasant. He walks and runs and climbs stairs. (S) Text us at 704 527 7673.

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Paul is 7 years old boy, who was raised by his  birth family unti 2016. He was abandoned and in 2016 and was placed in the Baby Home for orphans in Eastern Europe.

 

Paul is a boy born full-term, with normal physical and motor development. He has been experiencing moderate mental disability and behavioral disorders. Early infantile autism is being discussed, but there is no evidence of a diagnosis in this regard.

 

Paul is a calm and pleasant child. He is physically very well developed – walks and run by him self, climb stairs an trees and has a sense of self-preservation.

 

The child expresses his joy by erratically clapping his hands and by making noises. When he is very close to the caregiver, who has lifted him up to the level of her face he takes note of her – he laughs and slaps her with his hand to express his joy and in order to study her face.

Updated October 14 – Brian – Available until Nov 16, 2022

Brian

Brian is a 5-year-old child. He comes from a large family. After birth, the child is raised in a family environment. Due to problems in his health, he was hospitalized several times. After, the mother expresses her wish to have the child placed in a specialized institution. (I) Text us at 704 527 7673.

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General physical development: The physical condition of the child does not correspond to the calendar age. Growth retardation is observed.

Somatic status (body configuration and state of health)

Brian’s current diagnosis is “Moderate Mental disability” and General Disease “Moderate Mental disability, Congenital Megaureter Bilateral”. Has EP of TELK with No. 3821/01, 10.2020 92% with foreign aid.

Motors: Brian lags behind in all psycho motor indicators. Psychomotor calm, Muscle tone of the lower limbs – weak. There are active and passive movements available in reduced volume. Moves by crawling. He can hold his head straight in a sitting position. Often makes stereotypical hand movements. Does not assist with adult care when taking off/putting on shoes, washing, wiping with a towel, etc. subtle: Violations are observed in fine motor skills. The child has difficulty in activities requiring precision of movements. He is able to catch various objects, which he then immediately throws.

Psychological status: There are disorders and disability in terms of overall cognitive development – memory, thinking, perception, imagination and attention – beyond the age norm. Intelligence is at the level of moderate mental disability. Perceptions are directly dependent on practical actions with objects and are poorly developed. The little personal emotional experience and cognitive deficits are the cause of the inadequacy of the child’s ideas. Attention is involuntary and poorly switchable. Lack of joint attention skills. It is slow to adapt to side irritants and they affect concentration. Brian is motor active, moves in space by crawling. Autoaggression reactions are observed.

Perceptions and representations: He has no real ideas about himself and his surroundings. His perceptions are severely limited. At this stage, the child does not have developed ideas and knowledge about the basic concepts.

Attention: Unsustainable attention, at times tense when working in a structured environment and shows impatience.

Memory: A serious delay in the development of memory.

Thinking:Visually – figuratively.

Imagination: Underdeveloped.

Intelligence: At the level of moderate mental disability. Responds to his name with a smile, to sounds and noise. Follows the movement of people and objects in the room with his eyes, but does not react behaviorally.

Emotional development:  Brian does not speak and does not understand much of the speech. It does not use speech as a means of communication, nor does it use alternative forms of such. The unfamiliar environment is not threatening to the child. The emotional tone is positive, it does not show reactions of irritability or aggression towards others. There is autostimulation through self-injury. There are no established skills for formal and informal communication. Does not understand or follow simple verbal instructions related to activities of daily living. At the moment, the child uses a complex of social services at the “Rainbow” DCSMU at KSUDV-Yambol, where a teacher, a speech therapist and a psychologist work with him.

Language-Speech skills and communication: Brian is severely behind in his speech development. Language-speech skills are lacking and impressive speech is not developed. Speech and vocalizations are slurred on the face. Does not understand or follow simple commands. 6. Personal development (self-esteem; character traits; interests):

The child has no personal self-esteem and a real self-image.

Most of the time, the child is energetic and physically active. It is difficult to stay in one place, constantly moving and absorbing space.

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Nick

Nick is a 7-year-old boy. Child cerebral palsy, unspecified. During the observations conducted in the office, impaired development of the limbs was observed. The boy can run, jump and stand on one leg. According to foster family information, he rides a bicycle. (I)

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Nick is clumsy when walking with slightly bent knees stepping on toes. Climbs stairs without looking for support, moves independently, but clumsily.

During the observations conducted in the office, impaired development of the limbs was observed. The boy can run, jump and stand on one leg. According to foster family information, he rides a bicycle. Does not fully flex and extend arms. He is stiff in his movements. He reports pulling and pain when stretching the limbs. Climbs on chairs and sofas. Handles objects equally with both hands, but has difficulty with movements.

 

Fine: It is difficult for the boy to extend his fingers and palms. There is a violation in the development of fine motor skills as a result of an illness. The child grasps and holds objects. He holds a pencil in his hand, tries to draw. Builds a tower of cubes. Handles a constructor and successfully nests its elements. Coordinates hand movements, leaves one object to pick up another. Manipulates toys and objects as intended. Writes some letters and numbers. He colors trying not to go outside the contour. Uses spoon and fork when eating, but clumsily.

 

Psychological status. 

 

Perceptions and perceptions: Visual and auditory perceptions are normal. The tactility is normal. Partially constructed representations of time and space. Aware of imminent danger. He doesn’t know the seasons. Knows most of the colors. He can’t draw a human figure. He finds it difficult to depict images through drawing. 

 

Attention: Volitional attention and resilience are observed. Able to independently allocate and switch attention from one activity to another. Selective focus depending on interests and the nature of emotional attitudes, which is characteristic of age. Share common activities and play.

 

Memory: It is observed that the child uses past experience during play, remembers, stores and reproduces incoming information. Knows what different tools and objects are used for. Memorizes songs and poems and demonstrates them. 

 

Thinking: Separates the important from the unimportant, can summarize what he remembers, look for connections and dependencies. Can form judgments and inferences. Effectively uses mental operations – comparing, evaluating. 

 

Imagination: Adequate development of imagination for the age period is observed. Participates in story role-playing games. The games provided to him are varied.

 

Intelligence: The ability to reason, analyze and synthesize information is observed. Make cause and effect connections. Uses coping strategies in different situations. 

Spatial and temporal orientation: Nick orients himself adequately in the environment. He has an orientation to the position of its body in space. The boy has partially formed ideas about the seasons and the days of the week.

 

Emotional development (predominant emotional states, level of anxiety; depression; aggressiveness): The child is observed with a good emotional tone. He is emotionally attached to foster family. Looking for closeness and support in difficult times. According to information from foster family, he enters into communication with peers and adults, but at the beginning he is a little more cautious and distrustful. Shows interest in new things. He is curious. He does not show aggression towards others. He is benevolent in his contact with others. Able to identify and express basic emotions and feelings.

 

Language and communication skills (skills for communication and dialogue, expression of feelings in communication, use of non-verbal means in communication): Active and passive vocabulary at a satisfactory level, confuses genders. When meeting with strangers a little shy, but soon he relaxes and enters into a dialogue. Ask questions. He can recite and sing poems and songs.

 

Personal development Nick is defined by gender as a boy. He defines himself as a good child. He remembers his biological parents. He identifies himself with his origin. Enjoys joint activities with the foster parent. He has an understanding of the family he lives in as a foster family. Responds to a positive and benevolent tone with a smile. Expresses joy and displeasure. He delights in praise. Understands scolding for unacceptable behavior and feels shame.

 

Orientation in interpersonal relations (with peers; with adults):

The boy does not attend daycare. He is benevolent in his relationships with others. Initiates common activities when interacting with peers.

Attachment to the foster parent is observed. He tries to help her with housework and daily activities according to her. He is responsive and sympathetic to the feelings of others.

Some stranger anxiety is observed, but it is not long before he relaxes into contact and engages in interaction. Reacts calmly in contact with a stranger, smiles. He is happy when he is the object of attention, he likes it. According to information from foster family, in cases where he has to be left in the care of another adult, Nick does not react with alarm.

 

Play activity: The child pays attention to all toys and tools around him, does not bother to manipulate them. Shows interest in different types of toys and objects, gets involved in new activities and games. Participates in general plot role-playing games. Likes puzzles. 

 

Learning activity: Holds attention and shows interest. Assists with request and instructions. At the moment, training activities are carried out by foster family in a home environment. The foster parent stimulates and offers a variety of games and activities to the child supporting his general knowledge and intellectual development. Nick has learned most of the letters, but he confuses the numbers. Shows interest in puzzles and likes to arrange them.

Updated Sept, 22 – Michael – Available until Nov 26, 2022

Michael

Michael is 6. He likes music and children's videos with music in them. (S) For additional medical and videos, call or text 704 527 7673.

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Boy, Age: 6

Primary Diagnosis: Severe mental disability; Absence epilepsy

Michael is a 6 years old boy who leaves in a Foster family in Eastern Europe.

He was diagnosed with severe mental disability and epilepsy for which he took medicines and had no seizures any more.

Michael attends kindergarten. In the social service, he does not play or contact with the other children, he prefers independent activities.

 The child shows interest in children’s music videos, films and commercials by clapping, jumping, stepping from one foot to another and doing all this with great enthusiasm, making cheerful sounds and with a big smile on his face. He repeats these actions several times during the day during his visits to the kindergarten.

Michaels has delays and is receiving supports and interventions from specialists in the local community.

 

Updated Aug 26, 22 – Anthony, Nancy, and Rio – Available until Nov 26, 2022

Anthony-Nancy-Rio

This is a sibling group of three children - two boys and one girl aged 11, 7 and 9 years old. All children are physically healthy and have adequate self-care skills. (M) Text 704 527 7673 for more info.

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Anthony, aged 9 years and 11 months.

Anthony is sociable and curious. Initiates contact and maintains a good dialogue.

Anthony is self-care and the new of independence corresponds to the calendar age. Orients well both in the family and school environment, as well as in the wider social environment.

His ideas about the world are built, but they are a little poorer than expected for the age. Anthony is open to information and new experiences.

He has a formed spatial gnosis, orients himself well to the location of objects relative to each other. Quantitative representations are constructed. Has good construction skills.

Uses correctly constructed sentences. He can read and write. Narrates an event or text in a chronological and logical sequence.

Attention is normal, with slightly reduced working capacity. Memory is normal.

It is studied according to the general program at school, meeting the requirements. With better motivation and the formation of better effort skills, there can be better achievements.

Anthony is an extrovert, builds and maintains interpersonal relationships with children, respects authority. He is a significant figure to his brother and sister and is attached to them.

Nancy, 6 years and 6 months old.

Nancy is sociable, quickly establishes contact. She is physically active and loves movement games.

Gross motor skills are well developed, fine motor skills correspond to a slightly younger age.

Knows household items and their purpose. Names plants, animals, body parts. The pronunciation is broken. Speech is poor and agrammatic.

Concepts of color and shape are not fully developed. Does not specify a corresponding color upon request. After a demonstration, he draws a circle and parallel lines, but not a square.

Common ideas about the world are poor and fragmentary.

Stability of attention is impaired, working capacity and range are reduced. It does not detect 4-5 differences in 2 pictures.

The memory is mainly mechanical, and has slight disturbances.

It is difficult to navigate the location of objects relative to each other in space. Constructive skills correspond to a lower age.

Thinking is figurative. Nancy traces causal relationships of a domestic nature. It does not differentiate an essential feature. Does not arrange 3 pictures in correct sequence. Does not differentiate a redundant object in a group of images. Intellectual functioning is within Mild Mental Retardation.

Nancy initiates contacts and plays with children. He does not always judge and respect personal space and does not have an adequate strategy for dealing with conflicts and difficulties.

Rio, 7 years and 6 months old.

Rio is mischievous and sociable. Shows curiosity about new toys and people. Loves movement games.

The development of gross motor skills corresponds to age, fine motor skills are not well developed. Knows household items and their purpose. Orients well in familiar surroundings. ideas about color and shape are not fully developed and poison at a younger age. Understands greater and less, but not more – less. It cannot add and subtract.

The vocabulary is poor and includes mostly everyday words. Uses short simple sentences. The pronunciation is broken. Has difficulty understanding questions and instructions and does better when accompanied by a demonstration.

Attention is disturbed with concentration and resistance. Tends to switch activities before completing the previous one. Easily distracted by external stimuli. Memory is mechanical.

Rio finds it difficult to navigate the placement of objects relative to each other. Constructive skills correspond to a lower age.

Groups objects by a common feature, but does not differentiate an essential feature in images and words. Traces cause-and-effect relationships in events related to life and the immediate environment. intellectual functioning is within Mild Mental Retardation.

Rio likes to play with children. When an advantage is taken away or minimal provocation, he often reacts with impulsive aggressive reactions – hitting, screaming, crying. Hard to follow rules and boundaries. Social skills do not correspond to calendar age.

Updated Aug 26, 22 – Avram – Available until Oct 15, 2022

Avram

Avram is 4. He stands up on his own and stands on his feet when in his crib. He can get out of bed by himself. (M) Click below to read more. For additional medical and videos, call or text 704 527 7673.

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QUESTIONS FOR CLARIFICATION ABOUT THE CHILD:

  1. On what date was she accommodated in HMSCC – January 2019
  2. Diseases or complications of the child’s condition in the period after June 2022 /date of the last Medical certificate- NO
  3. New consultations after June 2022 conclusions: NO
  4. Hospitalizations after June 2022 – where, dates, diagnoses: NO
  5. New immunizations: NO
  6. Recent blood and urine tests: NO
  7. Is there a change in the motor development of the child, if so, what is it:

Can he walk with someone else’s help and alone –  NO The child cannot walk independently. He moves by pushing when placed in a walker. Stands up on his own and stands on his feet when in his crib. He can get out of bed by himself. The child does not occupy an independent seat.

Does he play with toys, how – Avram likes musical toys. He manages to hold them in his left hand and manipulate them.

  1. Speech –

– Does he pronounce combinations of sounds – random sounds

– Does he pronounce syllables – does she make meaningful combinations of syllables? – pronounces combinations of syllables, but does not make sense in them; 

– Does he say words like “mom”, “grandma”, “aunt”, “poop”, etc., does it make sense in them? / “yes”, “no”, “give”? – sometimes

– can he imitate syllables and words or the sounds that animals make “meow”, “baw”, “pa-pa”, etc. – NO

  1. Therapies – speech therapist, occupational therapy, physical therapy? – The child has daily therapy with a kinesitherapist and pedagogue. He is followed by a neurosurgeon.

  1. Psychological status at the moment, emotional development:

– Is he responsible when she is called by name? – Yes, when he hears a familiar voice.

– What instructions does he follow? – He takes a toy handed to him, throws a ball, wants to hold everything by himself

– Is there a person from the staff of the center to whom she is especially attached? – He is attached to 2-3 of the educators

– Did he quickly adapt to the new situation? – YES

“Does he like to be carried?” Does he let them hug her? When he is upset, how do they calm her down? – He likes to be carried in arms and hugged. 

  1. Nutrition?

– Is he learning to drink from a glass?– He drinks from a glass. 

– Does he eat only pureed food? Yes, he eats pureed common food. 5 times a day.

– Is he trying to feed herself – YES

  1. Daily habits, daily routine – do you sleep during the day? Is she sleeping well or is her sleep restless? Does she cry when she is put to sleep? Are they teaching her to use a potty? Does she like to be bathed?

Avram does not take an afternoon nap, he eats everything. He is very stubborn and when he decides that he wants to pick up an object, no matter how heavy and large, he does his best.

The child actively uses his left hand.

He still uses a diaper, potty several times a day.

His sleep at night is peaceful.

  1. Personal impressions: The child spends a large part of the time in his bed. He gets out of there for meals and general activities with the other children when he is put in a walker. In my opinion, the child needs active work with an occupational therapist, physical therapy and individual work to stimulate his speech skills.

It is in the child’s best interest to be adopted as soon as possible and to receive all the individual care and attention he needs for his development.

Updated Aug 26, 22 – Rey – Available until Oct 15, 2022

Rey

Rey is 6. He is a cheeful guy. Loves to make new friends. Click below for more. (L) Text 704 527 7673 for more info.

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    • Somatic state (body configuration and state of health):

    During the last six months there is no data of the child to have suffered from virus diseases or to have suffered incidents. Rey usually passes through an illnesses because he refuses to take any kind of medications. The only chance for him to take a medication is in the hospital with infusions. He had a bronchial asthma, but with the time it has subsided. He had Varicella in March 2020. At the present moment his condition is stable. He doesn’t have any chronic diseases. His physical development is delayed according to his calendar age. He had suffered from Covid-19 in March 2022. He went through it relatively easily.

    • Motor development:

    At the present moment there is observed motor delay that is behind the norm with the child. It corresponds to a child on the age of 3,5-4 years old. He tries new activities carefully, he is curious. He catches, touches and sometimes smells the objects that he sees around him. He tries to jump. He has difficulties with climbing and going down on stairs – he walks on them stair by stair and leading is one of the legs. He seeks support around him to feel more confident. He establishes short eye contact. There is observed a period of time when he is able to perform a set task or to answer a question. There are moments when he plays independently. He has delay in relation to the spatial orientation of the norm for his age.

    Fine motor skills: There is observed delay in the fine motor skills. The child is able to catch and squeeze objects, toys. He can’t hold correctly pen or pencil. He knows the letters and the numbers, he names them in English and in Bulgarian. He knows the fruits and the vegetables and names them. He has developed passive vocabulary for all objects and names them. He also names the animals. He makes attempts to color in an outline, but he has difficulties. For him it’s easier to scribble and usually he does it in the shape of a circles, holding two pens in both of his hands. He is trying to do puzzles from 16 parts. He can hold a spoon and a fork, also a cup and to drink correctly. He eats independently – often just using his hands. He can undress himself, but he has difficulties with dressing himself and putting his shoes on.

    1. Psychological state:
      • Perceptions and ideas: Rey knows and distinguishes the colors, he names them always clearly and knows them in English. He can say the numbers up to 10 in English and Bulgarian. He knows the Bulgarian and English alphabet.
      • Attention: The attention is unstable. There are moments when he does something for short time – playing with a constructor, building a house. He decides when to stop with the game.
      • Memory: mechanical memory
      • Thinking: visual-active. He can count, to add single digit numbers and single digit with double digit numbers. Counting calms him down. He doesn’t show interest in books.
      • Imagination: there is missing recreational imagination. He enters in roles in the game, he imitates dolls and situations. He names and imitates also animals.
      • Intelligence: There is delay from the norm for his age.
      • Spatial and time orientation: He has established ideas of spatial orientation. For time relationships still doesn’t have ideas.
    2. Emotional development (prevailing emotional states, level of anxiety; depression; aggressiveness): He is very emotional. Sometimes he is more agitated. With moderate level of anxiety. He establishes eye contact. There is observed delay in his cognitive development for his age. Indications for autism. There is an emotional bonding between the child and the foster parent. He likes to walk barefooted and this is how he gets to know the environment – it is observed that he has stronger sense of the feet then the hands.
    3. Speech development and sociability (communication skills and dialogue skills, expression of feelings when interacting, use of non-verbal means when interacting):

    The child has developed passive vocabulary. The speech is not clear when he says certain words. He doesn’t know all the animals. He likes small animals. At the present moment he makes two simple sentences from 2 words. He has some vocabulary with English words. He learns quickly poems that somebody reads to him.

    1. Personal development (self-assessment; characteristic features; interests):

    Rey doesn’t have formed self-image. He used to be scared of the mirror before, but now he looks himself in the mirror. He tends to interact with adults. He is not distant with an unknown person, but he lets the person “into his world” when he decides to. He doesn’t go to preschool at the present moment since March 2022 when he had suffered from Covid-19.

    1. Orientation in human relationships (with peers; with adults): From the observation made for the child and the foster parent it wasn’t found any kind of problematics. The foster parent tries to incorporate the child to her and to the society.
    2. Play (play skills, preferences to play on his/her own or with peers, involvement in role-playing games and in symbolic play): Rey tries to play symbolic or story games alone or with peers, adults. He plays independently with stuffed toys, constructors, Lego. He loves to build houses. He plays with other children. He is very musical and tries to imitate melodies. He catches and throws a ball with both hands. He rides a balance bike.
    3. Education (knowledge, skills and competence of the child/the school boy/girl); preferred subjects and activities at school; difficulties in the educational process): He is enrolled in a preschool. He has stopped going for two months during the summer break and after that he went back. He has stopped going since March 2022.
    4. Every day habits and hygienic habits /skills to take care of himself/herself (including sleep, eating, etc.): Rey tries to eat by himself. He usually smells first the food before eating it. He has periods when he choses what to eat, like there was a period of time when he wanted to eat only red food. He tries to dress himself independently, but still needs assistance with that. He has removed the diaper by himself at the age of 5 years and 4 months and at the present moment he has good self-regulation. He goes by himself to the restroom. He needs assistance with the shoes and with the bath time.
    5. Attitude towards the adoption process: He doesn’t understand the concept due to the deficits that he has.

    Updated Aug 26, 22 – Sunny – Available until Oct 15, 2022

    Sunny

    Sunny is born in July 2021. Delayed in motor skills. He is able to hold his head up when picked up. He rolls over to his tummy and on his back. He has stable support in his legs. (V) For more, text us at 704 527 7673.

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    1. Place where the child is being raised: center for placement for children and youths with disabilities
    2. General physical development
    • Somatic state (body configuration and state of health):
    • Motor development:
      • He is delayed in the development of his motor skills. Sunny is with weak motor activity, he is able to hold up his head, when picked up, to roll over is tummy and roll over his back and he already has stable support in his legs. He is trying to sit and he makes small attempts to crawl. He is being placed in a walker but he still does not move with it but he sits and plays with the toys which are on it.
    1. Psychological state:
      • Perceptions and notions: limited
      • Attention: unstable
      • Memory: it cannot be evaluated.
      • Thinking: limited.
      • Imagination: not developed.
      • Intellect:
      • Orientation in space and time: not developed.
    2. Emotional development (prevailing emotional states, level of anxiety; depression; aggressiveness): The emotional development of the child does not correspond to his calendar age and it is below for his age. The emotional development is also delayed. The child demonstrates sensitivity towards specific stimulation from the outside world and towards some changes in his personal status/ He demonstrates irritation when feeling discomfort. He does not demonstrate preferences towards specific people or toys. The individual communication with the child calms him down – caresses, hugs, listening to peaceful music, gentle speech. There is no aggressive or auto-aggressive behavior. The anxiety level is low.
    3. Speech development and sociability (communication skills and dialogue skills, expression of feelings when interacting, use of non-verbal means when interacting): All nervous processes are not regulated and they are going uncoordinated. The child trembles and listens in a loud sound and follows with eyes people and objects which are moving. He makes difference in the tone with which somebody speaks to him and he pronounces undefined sounds. When somebody talks to him, the child smiles or he laughs with voice.
    4. Personal development (self-assessment; characteristic features; interests): At this moment of his development the child does not have personal speficis and interests.
    5. Orientation in human relationships (with peers; with adults): The caregiver reacts adequately when the child needs comfort and consolation, while hugging him, caressing him and talking him gently. There is direct physical and emotional contact with the child with more smiles, hugs, caresses in order the child to feel closeness and to build sense of safeness and trust.
    6. Play (play skills, preferences to play on his/her own or with peers, involvement in role-playing games and in symbolic play): The child has access to variety of toys to play with, which are adequate for his age – rattles, rubber toys and toys with lights and sounds. The child manages to spend more time on object, placed in his hand or to take an object, which is close to him.
    7. Education (knowledge, skills and competence of the child/the school boy/girl); preferred subjects and activities at school; difficulties in the educational process): The child is not in a school age.
    8. Every day habits and hygienic habits /skills to take care of himself/herself (including sleep, eating, etc.): The child does not have self-serving skills, he relies on his caregivers.
    9. Attitude towards the adoption process: The child is of young age and is unable to express an opinion about the adoption process.

    Updated Aug 24, 22 – Vaughn – Available until Oct 15, 2022

    Vaughn

    Vaughn is 6. He has some special needs and delays which are more severe. Click button below for more detail. (N) For additional medical and videos, call or text 704 527 7673.

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    General physical development: is significantly behind in his physical and nervous mental development. The physical development does not correspond to the calendar age – height and weight below the age norm. According to the child’s medical certificate, he has “Congenital microcephaly”, “Hydrocephalus” 1 degree, “Atrophy of the optic nerve – blindness of both eyes”, “Cryptorchidism” and “Congenital inguinal hernia-dextra” with a diagnosis of “Background retinopathy”. The child is on constant drug therapy. No allergies to food and drugs have been established. The child does not fall ill very often.

    Motor development: general: The child cannot walk independently, but takes a few steps with support. He stands up independently by holding on to available support. He moves by turning from back to stomach and vice versa. The boy can sit up unassisted.

    Fine: In the process of development (significantly behind the age norm).

    Emotional development:  The child is emotionally unstable — anxious and acting impulsively.

    His behavior is unstructured and his mood is unpredictable. A rapid change of emotional states is observed. He does not show liveliness or pronounced positive emotion when in contact with an adult.

    Interaction with adults and peers: The child is not oriented in interpersonal relations, but calmly accepts body care and responds with a smile to speech or teasing by an adult. He does not show interest in peers.

    Updated Aug 23, 22 – Cattleya – Available until Oct 15, 2022

    Rodney

    He is 7. He has pretty significant needs that will require attention. He has a sweet personality and a calm nature. If you would like to learn more about his developmental needs, click below. (N) Text 704 527 7673 for more info.

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    Special Needs: “Spastic cerebral palsy” – quadriparesis, moderate degree. Symptomatic epilepsy. Lumbar spina bifida with hydrocephalus..

    Gross motor development: Significantly limited — the child changes direction /turns in bed/, turns from back to stomach and sideways, turns his head in the direction of sound. The child stands independently next to a stationary support and sits independently. During the day, he is placed in a stationary cradle and walker

    Emotional development (general mood; anxiety level; depression; aggressiveness):

    He expresses his emotional state by laughing, crying and making sounds. The child is calm, loves the company of an adult, likes to be sung to, smiles when teased.

    Personality (self-assessment, features; interests): The child is calm, holding hands smiles, making eye contact.

    Interaction with adults and peers: The presence and interaction with staff and users is equally well received, but he prefers the company of an adult.

    Playing (skills for playing; preferences (individually or with peers), participation in role plays and symbolic games): The child shows interest in musical toys, and during group music therapy, reading of stories and teasing from an adult

     

    Updated Aug 23, 22 – Vick – Available until Oct 15, 2022

    Vick

    Vick is 2. He already eats with a spoon, and plays with toys. He works with a physiotherapist who sees no reason why Vick won't start walking by himslef soon! He needs the committment of a loving adoptve parent tohelp him! (S) 704 527 7673 Call or Text for more.

    Updated Aug 23, 22 – Cattleya – Available until Oct 15, 2022

    Cattleya

    She is 3. Hydrocephalus after shunt. Delays. Strabismus. Made alot of progress last year. Specialists believe she will start walking soon. (S) Text 704 527 7673 for more.

    Updated Aug 19, 22 – Vince – Available until Oct 15, 2022

    Vince

    Vince is 1.5. Diagnosed with Spastic CP and Hydrocephalus. He is gaining weight and eating with apetite. Lots of medical info is availabe for your review. (M)

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    Updated Aug 19, 22 – Jay – Available until Oct 15, 2022

    Jay

    Jay is 9. He's diagnosed with external hydrocephalus, spastic quadriparesis. He is making some progress on new medical treamtens. (N). Text 704 527 7673 for more.

    Updated Aug 19, 22 – Jay – Available until Oct 15, 2022

    Olec

    Olec is 2. He has SN including dysplasia, hypertonia and other needs. He is able to hold a toy for a while. He follows it with his eyes and turns his head . To learn more, text us at 704 527 7673.

    Updated Aug 12, 22 – Greg – Available until September 15, 2022

    Greg

    Greg is 7. Father is unknown and mom abandoned him. He has delays and could be on the Autism spectrum. He loves to smile and make new friends. (I)

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    Updated August 12, 22 – Julio – September 15, 2022.

    Julio

    Julio is 4. He has a mild mental delay. Delayed speech. He is calm and smiley. He is attached to his foster family, but needs a permanent loving home to help him. (I). Text 704 527 7673 for more.

    Updated August 12 – Tanya – Available until Sept 15, 2022

    Tanya

    Tanya is 1.5. Shows a pre-requisite for microcephaly. With new medical treatment, she has improved quite a bit on her physical development. To learn more, text us at 704 527 7673.

    Updated October 22 – In Process of Adoption.

    Ned

    Ned is 3. He has been in a foster family for the past year and has made huge improvements. Click to learn more. (SV).

    Updated July 25, 22 – Adam – September 15, 2022.

    Adam

    Adam is 3. He has some special needs, such as Hydrocephalus and low birth weight. He is making progress though and needs a stable, loving environment. (M). Email nick@saintmaryadoption.com for more.

    Updated Agust 19, 2022  – In Process of Adoption

    Isaac

    Isaac is 3. He is behind in several ares but is walking by himself now. More info coming soon. (M).

    Updated July 8, 22 – Vincent – Available until August 15

    Vincent

    Vincent is 4. He is affectionate and lvoes to cuddle. He is developing well! He is energetic and likes running around. He is not aggressive and likes to fit in to play games with friends. Text | 704 527 7673; nick@saintmaryadoption.com

    Updated June 5 – Geri – Available until July 18, 2022

    Geri

    Geri is 8. She is calm and active. Loves riding her scooter to the park! Physically on track, with some cogintive delays due to neglect. Making great progress! Text | 704 527 7673; nick@saintmaryadoption.com

    In Process of Adoption

    Danica

    Danica is 5. She is very calm, obedient and gentle. If she is given a task, she will try to do it. She likes to hug and cuddle.

    Updated May 13, 22 – Ryan – Available until June 15

    Ryan

    Ryan is 6. Difficult pregnancy resulted in difficult start for Ryan. He is still behind in many areas. He is friendly and charming. Loves to show off his English skills by counting to 10 in English. Text | 704 527 7673; nick@saintmaryadoption.com

    Updated May 24, 22 – Penelope – Available until Oct 15

    Penelope

    Penelope is 8. She has Down Syndrome. She is very active and is able to do more than you might expect.

    Updated June 1, 22 – Luis – Available until August 15

    Luis

    Luis is 10. He has a very happy, cheerful personality. He is behind in some areas so he is working with a resource teacher and a speech therapist. For more info: Text | 704 527 7673; nick@saintmaryadoption.com

    Waiting Child Photolisting Rotation

    There are numerous accredited Bulgarian adoption agencies, or Foreign Supervised Providers, who advocate for children at the same time.  Once a child’s cycle with one accredited agency is over, the child goes to another agency who advocates for the child through their US accredited agencies.  For these reasons, a child may no longer be on our rotation, but may still be available for adoption.  You could pursue their adoption through what is called a “pending application”.  In any case, if you are interested in a particular child, you should contact us and we’ll find out the status of the child before we talk any further.

    Disclaimer:

    The Waiting Children you see listed above may no longer be available for adoption.  Because, there are numerous agencies advocating  for them at the same time, any child who is currently listed may become unavailable at any time.   If you are interested in any particular child, we will find out if the child is still available before we start any paperwork with you. 

    In accordance with US regulations, our agency promises to inform the Bulgarian MOJ if we become aware that a family with a completed home study may be interested in adopting any “waiting child” for whom our agency has already submitted an “MOJ Application”.  The reason for this is that the Ministry, upon its sole discretion, may decide that it is in the best interest of the child to be matched with a family who has a completed home study.  

    Children On Rainbowkids.com

    To see some of the kids whom we’re currently advocating for on rainbowkids, you may see thier profiles listed below. 

    Ian
    Ivy

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    We are humbled to have over 20 years of experience with Bulgarian and Polish international adoption.  Let our experience enrich your research.  The answers to these questions about the process are written through experience and know how.  Sometimes the answers may surprise you for the better.  Text us or call us with any questions.  704 527 7673.

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    Additional Resources

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    Rainbowkids.com, an advocacy group, not an agency, helps many adoption agencies share photos of waiting children here. 

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