Location: Eastern Europe
Birth Year: 2003
Geoff was born in February 2003 and has been diagnosed with severe developmental delays. He had chyle and lymph node tuberculosis in 2008, but has been healthy since receiving treatment. A chest X-ray revealed no irregularities in 2014.
Geoff is a positive, very active boy who has well-developed gross motor skills and runs, walks, jumps, crawls, etc. He can feed himself, drink from a cup, scribble with a pen, and dress as well as wash independently. He is potty-trained.
Geoff understands nearly everything that is said to him, follows instructions, and has a good memory. He is largely nonverbal, but uses gestures and eye contact to express himself to peers and adults. He is not oriented in time and space outside of the orphanage grounds and routine. Geoff attends an auxiliary school where he has acquired skills to work on the educational material.
Geoff plays on his own and also participates in joint games. He's almost always on the go with a tendency to be hyperactive. He prefers activities that combine gross motor and sensory input. He enjoys listening to music.
Our in-country representative visited Geoff and learned that he lived with his birth parents, moving back and forth between them, until he was 8 years old. He's also been moved three times from orphanage to orphanage. The staff that has cared for him since May 2015 describes him as a child with a broken heart whose delays stem from prolonged and severe neglect and suspected abuse. They note that Geoff takes a very long time to feel safe and comfortable with new people and settings, but that he has now built relationships of trust and affection with staff at the orphanage. Geoff's social worker believes that he has great potential to gain further skills with the love, support, and guidance of a forever family.
Weight in July 2015: 39 kg
Height in July 2015: 138 cm
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