We are approaching 5 months since Evan has been home and our agency requires us to fill out a report giving some examples of the child’s physical, emotional, language, and social skills. I had 11 lines to write a report for the last 4.5 months. . . impossible! There is so much to say about Evan’s development. They also asked for 4-6 pictures that they would be sending to the foster family in Taiwan. Really? How could I choose 4-6? I sent 22 and told the agency to choose.
Through the pictures and the report, I’m just not sure I’m conveying how happy he is and how happy we are. More than anything, I want Evan’s foster mother- the one who loved him like her own son and gave him an amazing start to life- to know how much we love him and that we are taking good care of him. I know she was a little worried that no one would care for him the way she had.
This is the most concise report I was able to give:
Evan is an amazing child who has adjusted very well. He is smart, funny, affectionate, and healthy. He loves playing outside- going sledding, going down slides at the park, throwing balls, and swinging. He can run, jump, throw, stack blocks, and climb quite well. He has a great appetite and is already outgrowing the first clothes we bought for him. The doctor declared he is a tall, healthy boy. We think he is gifted verbally. He already knows more English than a two year old is expected to know. We still use some Mandarin words because we don’t want him to forget all of them. At first he didn’t want other kids to be near him, but now he plays side by side and understands the concept of taking turns. Two days a week we meet with a group of other two year olds and he gets so excited to see his friends. Although he adores his older sister, he was hitting her for awhile before he learned the words to communicate with her. He wants to do everything Ava does, and he rarely hits her now. Evan learns so quickly and communicates extremely well. We are continuously amazed by him. While he is a very independent child- wants to dress himself, buckle his own carseat, feed himself, open doors, get into his chair by himself- he still likes to cuddle and be held, and we LOVE to hold him. He gives lots of kisses and hugs to his family and we all adore him. We can’t imagine our lives or our family without him and we are eternally grateful to his foster family. Their love and attention have helped create a confident, intelligent, lovable little boy.
(Yea, I know it’s a little longer than 11 lines, but it was the best I could do.)