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Lean in close. We have stories to tell. Stories of children waiting for families. Stories of children who have overcome every obstacle. Stories of children made in the image of God. As you read and share please pray with us. Pray that God will ignite fires in the hearts of families, that he will clear obstacles and that each of these children will experience a forever family. Today One Orphan Storyteller team member Layla shares about her time with Bates



This cute little boy grabbed my attention at the opening ceremony as he made wantons out of play dough during craft time. Whenever I saw him he was always smiling and laughing. He is great around kids and acts like an older brother to those who are younger. He might be shy at first but once he gets to know you, he will become more open and wild. He is a very energetic and upbeat kid. He loves to play outdoors especially biking. He also loves to play with legos, but one of his favorite hobbies is to dance. During the Sports Festival he was one of the quickest and most competitive little boys. If you have been think about adoption please look into this little boy who just wants a forever family to be able to share all his amazing talents and love.

Team Member Assessment: 

Bates is a smart little boy with a fun personality and a contagious smile. He has great gross motor skills, running, jumping, hopping and balancing on one foot. He said he loved to dance and ride his tricycle! His fine motor skills were on target as well. He can write with a pencil, build beautiful creations with Legos and has mastered chopsticks like a pro! Bates’ caregivers report that he is kind and compassionate, friendly and easily occupies himself when he has extra time. During our time with Bates, he had great communication skills, demonstrating very good expressive and receptive language. His diagnosis of hydrocephalus does not appear to have slowed this smart boy down in the least. The redness on his face and neck appeared to be a port wine stain and does not seem to be causing any issues for him. His overall health was very good.

We feel that Bates would transition very well into a family because of the strong bond we saw between him and his caregivers. It was obvious that he was well-loved and well cared for and knew how to love in return. He is a precious boy and would be a blessing to any family.

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If you are interested in learning more about Bates please contact our China staff at You can also read more about the China waiting program here.This file is special focus and can be pursued by a family at any stage of the process.

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