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Mariam from North Carolina

Hopscotch Adoptions Inc.

  • Age8
  • GenderF
  • LocationNorth Carolina
  • Case #Mariam

Mariam was born in July 2009 and has been living in a foster family since two months of age. She has been diagnosed with mild cognitive disability and symptoms of ADHD. Mariam has a history of speech delay, although she now speaks very well in her native language and is learning English.

Update July 2017: Mariam is a gentle and compassionate little girl who loves playing the role of mother to her dolls, as well as tending to her foster mothers granddaughter. She is often heard telling the little girl, Come to me, I will look after you. Mariam completed 1st grade in 2017 with good marks. She enjoys listening to and singing childrens songs in English and likes attention from adults.

Update May 2017: Mariams teachers are very satisfied with her performance at school. She is well-adjusted to her classroom, her attention span and focus have improved enabling her to independently complete tasks, she correctly answers questions, and she gets along well with her peers. Mariam stutters occasionally. There have been some recent concerns with the foster mothers behavior towards Mariam, and as such, she is receiving additional foster parent training from the Social Center.

Mariam was initially thought to have microcephaly; however our in-country representative recently learned that this was likely a hypothesis and not based on actual measurements. Mariams current appearance and head circumference do not support the diagnosis of microcephaly.

Head Circumference April 2017: 48 cm Height April 2017: 129 cm Weight April 2017: 23.5 kg

2016: Mariam currently attends first grade in a school for children with special needs where she is well accepted and included in an intensive speech therapy program. She is responsible with her homework which she sometimes finishes at school, sometimes with the help of her foster mother at home.

Mariam is integrated into the environment of her foster family, loves homemade meals, prefers salty snacks, and joins the family on shopping trips, in restaurants, and during their annual vacations. Her personal hygiene skills are completely developed and she needs few reminders.

Mariam is a warm and emotional girl who enjoys giving and receiving kisses and especially loves bedtime hugs. She's happiest when she's read a bedtime story along with those hugs.

Mariam likes playing with dolls whom she has named after family members, teachers, and classmates, enjoys being in the water, and adores winter time. She attends exercise and dance classes three times a week.


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