Franklin's Story

Location: Eastern Europe
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 2004
Agency Information:

Hopscotch Adoptions


Franklin was born prematurely via C-section in April 2004 and has Down Syndrome.  He lived with his birth family for almost one year before being placed into state care. For the last few years, Franklin has been in a foster family. Franklin walks independently, but is a little unstable and struggles to keep his head from leaning to the side.  He uses his hands purposefully, but his fine motor skills are not very accurate or dexterous nor does he coordinate well in using his eyes and limbs in conjunction.  Franklin eats independently and is potty-trained. It is difficult to attract Franklin's attention for the purposes of education.  He cannot yet count, identify colors or shapes, color or draw.  He needs a lot of repetition to acquire and retain information which his foster family tries to provide.  While Franklin is nonverbal, he expresses his wishes with gestures and vocalizations.  He responds to his name and can follow simple directions related to everyday tasks.  Franklin makes good eye contact and laughs out loud. Franklin does not usually show socially acceptable behavior, especially in public.  He is strong-willed and tries to impose his wishes by using his physical strength, acting restless, showing aggression toward himself and others, and breaking objects.  He seems to lack empathy. Franklin is educated under an individual education plan.  He mostly watches the activities in his classroom, but does participate in therapeutic, musical and rehabilitation programs and may take part in simple games.  He enjoys music. Franklin is well attached to his foster family and generally respects their authority.   He is anxious when they are not around. Franklin seeks the attention and closeness of preferred adults. Weight at birth: 2 kg Contact the adoption agency to get more information of this child!

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