Jon is an adorable 3-year-old who is waiting for an adoptive family who has the resources that he needs. Jon was born at a presumed 37 weeks and was initially hospitalized for three weeks due to clubfeet, clubbed fingers, and the possibility of a musculoskeletal disorder. His clubfeet were treated with casting, and Jon entered foster care upon discharge from the hospital. A left femur fracture led to an x-ray which revealed osteogenesis imperfecta. Other testing was normal, including an MRI and a chromosome karyotype. His foster mother provided him with a mattress with a softer cushion and cautioned him to avoid bumping into hard objects so that he would not get any more fractured bones. Jon was also diagnosed with blue sclera and congenital vertical talus, for which he received Achilles tenotomy with casting in March 2010. At age one, his developmental checks noted weak muscle power and poor weight bearing with developmental delays, and at age two, his gross motor skills were furthest behind. An MRI done in October 2011 noted mild brain atrophy, and speech therapy was recommended. At age three, Jon is approximately age two developmentally and remains a small boy, weighing 22.3lbs. He is described as a happy boy, who stands alone for a minute, walks holding onto furniture, throws a ball overhead, eats by himself, drinks from a cup, takes off shoes and socks, towers several cubes, has a quick response, and speaks sentences that are not understandable. Jon is a special little boy who waits for the right family, one with the time, patience, and resources necessary for him to reach his full potential.
To adopt this child, couples must submit their application to Holt before the oldest spouse reaches the age of 42. Applicants must be married at least 3 years and live in one of the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, KS, KY, MN, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NJ, NM, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, WADC, WV, or WY. Up to 4 children in the home. * See country criteria for complete requirements.