I plan to find a forever family for this little girl. She is an orphan in China. Her name is Si Yan, and I also call her Ruby. She was born February 8th, 2003. After spending a lot of time with this beautiful kid, I know anyone would feel blessed to have her as their own child.
Ruby has cerebral palsy; fortunately it seems to have only affected her legs, so she cannot walk on her own. She has begun to wear braces and use a walker, and hopes to walk on her own eventually. After spending a couple days with Ruby, the fact that she can’t walk becomes inconsequential when considering making her a part of your life.
Ruby is intelligent, beautiful, loving, extremely well-behaved, and has a kind heart. Her laid back personality and adaptability makes her easy to love.
Video of our last visit together:
You can tell she is a smart girl. Every time she’s been exposed to English she has picked up bits of it quickly, and she understands a lot already. People around her are very impressed, as most Chinese children do not know any English.
I have spent two different weeks with Si Yan in the past year. I decided that I wanted to adopt her after the first week, but found I am unable to because of recent Chinese laws regarding adoption and being unmarried. Because I am unable to do it myself at this point, I hope to share about who she is and inspire another couple to become the parents that she deserves.
Until I find a family that wants to adopt her, Ruby will not even be placed in the adoption system for other families to find her, as the government does not place priority on submitting paperwork for special needs children. Being special needs does mean that an adoption could be completed in as little as six months, whereas adoptions normally take two to four years.
Please contact me if you know anyone that may have an interest in getting to know Ruby.
Current laws regarding adoption (China Center of Adoption Affairs):
-Married male and female. Married for 2 years, or 5 if either party has been divorced once.
-Physically and mentally healthy with none of the following conditions: AIDS, mental handicap, infection disease, blindness, hearing or language function loss, dysfunction of limbs/trunk caused by impairment or deformation, severe facial deformation, severe disease requiring long term treatment which effect life expectancy, organ transplant in the past 10 years, schizophrenia, medicated in the past 2 years for mental disorders, BMI greater than/equal to 40.
-Husband or wife must hold stable occupation. Family income at least $10K per family member; family net assets value should reach 80K, and not come from welfare, pension, unemployment, etc.
-Husband and wife must have education of at least senior high school, or trade school.
– No criminal background or history of domestic violence, sex abuse, or abuse of children. (Case by case consideration when less than 3 criminal records of slight severity, with 10 years past)
-No history of taking narcotics
-No history of alcohol abuse in the last 10 years.