Dancing on Tiptoes With Moriah
Moriah is this week’s featured waiting child. She needs a patient, loving family.
Date of Birth: December 23, 2005
Moriah* is a 7-year-old girl living in care in Southeast Asia. She is a cutie who loves individual adult attention. She loves to be tickled, and laughs with her friends when they dance to their favorite songs.
Moriah was born premature and blind to a single mother, who struggled to care for her newborn daughter and eventually left her in the care of Moriah’s grandfather. Moriah lived in her birth family’s care for the first three years of her life, but her special needs led her grandfather and uncle to bring her to a care center in 2008. Her mother relinquished her for adoption in 2010.
As an infant, Moriah received laser treatment on her eyes that restored some of her vision. Today, she has some limited, near-sighted vision. Her left foot also developed abnormally, and she did not learn to walk until she was 3. Pigeon-toed, Moriah’s knees and feet bend inward and she walks and runs on tiptoes. But her gross motor skills continue to improve – and though her balance is not great, she loves to dance!
Moriah is shy and afraid of strangers, but is very attached to one caregiver. She will flourish in a family that has experience with visual impairments and is willing to structure their home and lives around her special medical need. The right family for Moriah will also show ample patience while she works to achieve her full potential, and grows more comfortable and loving toward her new family.
Last February, waiting child advocate and Holt adoptive mom Mary Leigh Brown wrote a post about Moriah on her personal blog, Shades of Brown. Click here to see what Mary has to say about Moriah.
For more information about Moriah, contact Erin Mower at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* name changed