Karla is a 11-year-old girl from Europe who is hoping to be adopted.
Karla was born in February 2006 and is in very good general health. Karla was diagnosed with bilateral hearing loss in early childhood and has had several occurrences of ear canal blockage from wax accumulation; the specific type and degree of her hearing loss is unclear.
Karla is a sociable and inquisitive girl with a beautiful, shy smile. She engages with both children and adults and seeks out contact with them. Karla has speech and language delays related to her hearing loss, which manifest as difficulty with pronunciation of some words and in forming sentences. Despite these challenges she expresses her feelings well, mostly non-verbally, and is able to recognize and respond to the emotions of those around her. Karla displays strength and agility in her motor skills. She climbs up and down stairs and slides and enjoys swinging and jumping on a trampoline. While she has difficulty writing letters and words, she holds a pencil well and enjoys coloring.
Karla’s attention span is variable and she often requires assistance from adults in order to focus and complete tasks. She has some difficulty adjusting to unfamiliar surroundings but easily orients in known environments. Karla enjoys participating in plays at school and is able to act out scenes on her own. Karla understands the concept of adoption and she would like a family of her own.
Update September 2016: Karla’s ability to write letters and words has improved, she enjoys learning poems and songs, and she successfully completed 3rd grade in the 2015/2016 school year, under an individualized education program. Karla is a studious, well-intentioned girl with a clear desire to learn and to help other children. She eats and sleeps well and strives to keep her appearance neat. Karla would greatly benefit from the individualized attention and compassion that a forever family could provide.
Update May 2017: Our in-country representatives recently visited Karla and share that she communicates well despite never having received any intervention for her hearing loss. Karla lip reads, speaks in simple complete sentences, and is able to express herself and her emotions appropriately. In the 2016/2017 school year Karla is in 4th grade at a special school where she works with a resource teacher. She manages her personal hygiene and readily assists with chores at her orphanage. Karla likes cars, listening to music, dancing, and watching cartoons, especially Tom & Jerry.
Weight at Birth: 2.600 kg Height at Birth: 47 cm
Weight April 2016: 31 kg Height April 2016: 143 cm Head circumference April 2016: 51 cm
THIS CHILD MUST BE ADOPTED FROM THE FOREIGN COUNTRY OF HIS/HER RESIDENCE.
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