I Meet a Special Needs Daughter Who’s Been Adopted

adoption diaries with child adoptionsLast month I attended a press screening of a Disney premiere and journalists were invited plus guest so I brought my excited 5-year-old Sam. In case the kiddies got bored (which they quickly did), the publicists set up a kid’s jumper where toddlers were giggling maniacally.

Sam kept helping a little girl up off the sidelines because “Tina” was getting battered by the bigger boys. This gutsy little girl with jet-black bangs was grabbing Sam’s hand and bouncing her way back to center. She was bossy!

After 10 minutes, the Indian girl’s blond mother approached to congratulate me on having such a “little gentleman” of a son. (We do actually teach Sam to be extra-gentle because he is the size of a small dinosaur already.)

New daughter Tina was adopted 15 months ago from India after a 2-year-wait. Tina was originally listed as a Special Needs child because she was born with a “meningocele,” a type of spina bifida where the spinal cord develops normally but the thin protective covering of the chord (the meningocele itself) protrudes from an opening in the vertebrae.

While the cause is unknown, researchers claim malnutrition and environmental factors play a part. Lucky for Tina, she experiences little or no affects of the condition, and only one minor operation shortly after birth repaired the hole… she doesn’t even have a scar.

Tina’s adoptive mom thought it was a stroke of genius that her upbeat, musically inclined daughter was labeled Special Needs, which meant the usually long adoption wait proved months shorter.

“Imagine how long we’d have to wait if she was perfect,” laughs Tina’s Mom. (Meaning, of course, she is perfect—get it?)

We returned home that evening with Sam rumbling on about his new friend “Tina,” so I asked my husband if he’d consider adopting a child in need from India.

Darrin placed his hands in prayer pose as he nodded and said a whole-hearted “Namaste.” It meant yes, yes, yes!

PS: A grand welcome to mommy blogger Ellen Seidman who has joined the talented Parents.com stables. Please read her blog!

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