At nine years of age, this curious boy is ready to meet his family. He is healthy and happy as witnessed by the Waiting Child Program Manager when visiting his child care center in March 2011. He was relinquished into care by his birth parents in 2004. He was born at 29 weeks gestation and weighed 1050 grams. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy with hydrocephalus, and mild paraplegia. He is receiving and thriving with physical therapy and multidisciplinary treatments and is independent in all aspects of his self-care. He is able to walk with a walker and can independently use a wheelchair. It is noted that he gets along well with other children, though he can be defiant and competitive. He is thought to have high intellectual potential but is behind for his age. He was delayed in starting school and is currently in his second year. During the recent staff visit, he was eager to watch the video being taken of himself and laughed when seeing it onscreen. The best family for this special boy will provide a calm environment where he can receive the attention he needs. They will be well versed in special needs and will be able to advocate for his best lifelong interest. They will be patient while he works to excel in those things he can do, and be understanding that he will have to work hard at everyday tasks.
To adopt this child, there should be no more than 45 years age difference between the younger parent and the child. Families with no more than 2 children in the home preferred, though there may be flexibility on a case-by-case basis. * See country criteria for complete requirements.