Bella (domestic special needs Waiting Child)

Bella was born in October of 2017 at a hospital in New York City. She was then transferred to a NICU and then a long-term Children's Hospital. After birth, Bella was diagnosed with Prader Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behavior.  Children with Prader Willi have low muscle tone and short stature. Long-term, Prader Willi causes incomplete sexual development, cognitive disabilities and behavioral problems.  Prader Willi is also notable for causing a feeling of insatiable hunger which requires strict behavioral modifications to discourage overeating.  

At this time, Bella is receiving Early Intervention services in the hospital, including physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. She has low muscle tone and she is fed through a G-Tube, although it is expected that she will transition to feeding independently as she grows stronger.       

Bella's parents are working with Spence-Chapin to make an adoption plan, if you would like to be considered as a potential adoptive parent. Click here to access the form.

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Wesley (domestic special needs Waiting Child)

Wesley was born in February 2017. He was immediately transferred to the NICU for respiratory distress then transferred to a long-term Children's Hospital.  It is suspected that he has Crouzon's Syndrome or Jackson Weiss Syndrome. His most recent medical report also includes: severe obstructive apnea, choanal atresia and pyriform aperture stenosis (blocked and malformed nasal passages), tracheal sleeve, feeding disorder, trach tube and g-tube.  He has facial dysmorphology with proptosis (bulging of the eyes). In October, he received his first round of craniofacial surgery to address feeding and breathing issues, and will require follow-up surgery.  Wesley is able to sit up with support, smiles and interacts joyfully and loves to play with his feet.        

If you would like to be considered as a potential adoptive parent, please submit our free online form with a copy of your current home study. Click here or the pre-application button to access the form.

For additional questions, please email us at info@spence-chapin.org.

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