Meet Anderson!

Age: 16

Length of time in your home since adoption: 2 yrs

Known diagnoses (medical and behavioral): Gray Matter Heterotopia resulting in Epilepsy / Seizure disorder

Currently, Anderson takes Onfi (Clobazam) 20mg twice a day, Levetiracetam 750 mg twice a day, Divalproex 500 mg twice a day.

Anderson just turned 16 and was adopted from China just before his 14th birthday.

Anderson’s family reports that he Anderson (AJ) is a quiet boy that loves to be around other children and loves to go to school. He is challenged with seizures, which are normally controlled with the medication, and he is still overcoming the disadvantages of 10 years in the orphanage.

He loves to play any kind of game, basketball, soccer, board games and video games. He is also enjoying riding his bike. He does well at math considering the set back of the orphanage and the medications. He likes Superheros, Legos, and cars. He has an inquisitive nature and enjoys looking at things in nature like interesting bugs. His adopted mom says, "Anderson loves going to school and being around the other students. He especially likes PE and Sports. "

He is known to have a good sense of humor, to be kind and thoughtful and funny. He is known to apologize for inappropriate behavior and wants to do the right thing. He often runs around the car to open his mom’s door or her. He likes to ride bikes, jump on the trampoline, and play basketball and frisbee.

Anderson is well behaved in public, sits very well in church and his polite to extended family and friends. His typical demeanor is one that is calm & compliant.

Anderson is safe with dogs and cats and can play with them for long periods of time. He is trusted to feed the dog. Anderson sleeps well at night, often from 8pm to 8 am. He has no allergies that we are aware of. He doesn’t like bread much and he is not too happy with chores. He is developmentally behind in all areas. Academically, he is on a 3rd grade level in most subjects, it is slow going.

Anderson gets up at 7 am for school and attends school until 3:35pm. After school he usually has some chores, and after dinner spends some time improving his English using ESL Software. He actually likes playing with younger children and he also plays well with older kids. Anderson does feel freer at school to be silly, to express anger or frustration. He likes hugs but he rarely initiates a hug. He really doesn’t express sadness. He has, on occasion, thrown something down on the ground in anger, but normally he’ll just say something.

Anderson’s family is hoping there is a new adoptive family who can continue his journey forward. Anderson wants to do his best in a new family, and is working hard to become healthy and attached. He will need to have access to continued attachment therapy once he’s adopted. We hope that he can simply continue on his epilepsy medications, making needed adjustments per Neurologists recommendation and to be able to eventually live on his own, earn an income and work a job.

If you are interested in knowing more about Anderson and our adoption process, please write email us at postadoption@ccaifamily.org.