A Boy In Everyone’s Heart

Paxton is waiting for a family to call his own.

DOB: March 10, 2001, China

Paxton* has a special talent for language. By age 4, he could recite 20 “Tang poems,” written in the style of the Tang Dynasty. This earned him the title of “Young Recite Expert” in his class. In the first grade, he set the standard for himself when he scored 100 points on his literacy test. In the years since, he has continued to refine his language skills – learning English as well as his native Mandarin and Cantonese. In September, Paxton started the 6th grade. He continues to excel academically, scoring especially high marks in oral and written English.

Paxton’s natural talents are remarkable. But even more remarkable are the challenges he has had to overcome in order to fully express them.

When he was just 15 days old, Paxton was found abandoned near a gas station and sent to live at a state-run orphanage in southern China. Here, he has lived the first 11 years of his life – growing into a “brave and self-confident” boy. Although just one of many children growing up at the institute without a family to make him feel special and encourage him in school, he somehow found within himself the confidence and drive he needed to succeed.

It’s particularly compelling that Paxton’s strength is in language. Paxton was born with cleft lip and palate, a defect of the upper lip and roof of the mouth that can cause problems with speech and hearing. When he was only a year old, Paxton received surgery to repair his cleft lip. Although a cleft palate is also usually closed within the first year of life so that the child’s speech develops normally, Paxton was almost 6 when he received palate surgery. Both surgeries were successful, and today, Paxton’s speech is strong and clear.

Paxton is described by his caregivers as “a good boy in everybody’s heart.” He is a bit shy and reserved, but gets along well with his classmates. His physical and intellectual development are normal, and not only have the cleft surgeries restored his facial structure, but he has the most irresistible, dimpled smile. Click below to see and hear Paxton for yourself!

Paxton needs a family with access to craniofacial resources and with a good understanding of the issues surrounding older child adoption.

For more information about Paxton, contact Beth Smith at beths@holtinternational.org or Marissa Leuallen at marissal@holtinternational.org.

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