Advocate Today: 7-Year Old, Andy
Today we are advocating for Andy, who has been on our Waiting Child list for a few months. Andy is an active and energetic boy who loves to play games. His caretakers describe him as smiling and agreeable, as he gets along well with other children.
Andy has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and is on the CCCWA's shared list. He is designated by the CCCWA as a Special Focus child and he is not from one of our agency’s orphanage partnerships. A family at any stage of the process is eligible to review this file.
Families interested in learning more about Andy and what those next steps are to adopt him into their family should contact our China staff at WaitingChildren@awaa.org or call 800-429-3369. America World families already in-process can speak to their Family Coordinator about Andy, while all others should fill out a FREE PRE-APPLICATION.
So What Exactly is Cerebral palsy? *
Cerebral palsy is non-life-threatening
With the exception of children born with a severe case, cerebral palsy is considered to be a non-life-threatening condition. Most children with cerebral palsy are expected to live well into adulthood.
Cerebral palsy is incurable
Cerebral palsy is damage to the brain that cannot currently be fixed. Treatment and therapy help manage effects on the body.
Cerebral palsy is non-progressive
The brain lesion is the result of a one-time brain injury and will not produce further degeneration of the brain.
Cerebral palsy is permanent
The injury and damage to the brain is permanent. The brain does not “heal” as other parts of the body might. Because of this, the cerebral palsy itself will not change for better or worse during a person’s lifetime. On the other hand, associative conditions may improve or worsen over time.
Cerebral palsy is not contagious; it is not communicable
In the majority of cases, cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain. Brain damage is not spread through human contact. However, a person can intentionally or unintentionally increase the likelihood a child will develop cerebral palsy through abuse, accidents, medical malpractice, negligence, or the spread of a bacterial or viral infection.
Cerebral palsy is manageable
The impairment caused by cerebral palsy is manageable. In other words, treatment, therapy, surgery, medications and assistive technology can help maximize independence, reduce barriers, increase inclusion and thus lead to an enhanced quality-of-life.
Cerebral palsy is chronic
The effects of cerebral palsy are long-term, not temporary. An individual diagnosed with cerebral palsy will have the condition for their entire life.
* CP Facts from http://cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/definition/