#9 Meet Ligia – 90 Real People Real Lives. #FASD

Welcome to our Day 9 Countdown at Red Shoes Rock for FASDay on September 9. Our FASD movement makers are getting ready to strut their stuff… Actually our experts living with FASD have been walking the talk for their lifetimes. It’s time for us to put on our RedShoeRock shoes and get out there.  Let’s roll, walk, wheel, jump! Let’s make some movement! Mac introduces you today to his new friend Ligia!

MEET LIGIA – Ligia almost always smiles.  She likes to help others. She is eager to do her schoolwork and is determined to work hard at it. Ligia is a survivor. She was premature, failure to thrive, experienced trauma & neglect before being adopted at age 10 where she has grown and thrived.  She wishes for peace and love and respect.

LIGIA’S STORY – Premature, failure to thrive, experienced trauma & neglect, in foster care in Latvia during summers & weekends, in boarding school/institution for children with disabilities during the week, and adopted into our family at age 10. She has been home schooled and supported by her loving family since then.

STRENGTHS – She almost always is smiling. She likes to help others. She is eager to do her schoolwork and is determined to work hard at it.

STRUGGLES – Full FAS, language-processing challenges, PTSD.

LIGIA’S WISH – She wishes for peace and love and respect.

Ligia and Ervin are bio sibs who were adopted at same time.  We were the 2nd American family to host them through a hosting program.  Then we pursued their adoption. We got their official diagnosis of FAS after we adopted them but knew that they both were at risk, in particular Ligia, as she was very small and both had facial features of FAS.

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