DOMESTIC WAITING CHILD (SPECIAL NEEDS): Seven-YEAR-OLD girl

We are looking for a loving family for Abigail, a seven-year-old girl with Treacher Collins syndrome. Abigail is bright, charming and full of life! She dances and draws, but mostly loves to laugh and be social. 

Abigail attends first grade and is in a 12:1 setting. Abigail has a Gtube and a capped trach. She eats some soft foods. She also has some hearing loss, mild asthma and food allergies. Medically, Abigail will require multiple craniofacial surgeries and regularly sees a pediatric plastic surgeon in New York City.  She currently receives 16 hours of private nursing care at home. 

Abigail has been treated in several hospitals and spent five years in a long-term Children’s Hospital. Her doctors and social workers all beam when they speak about Abigail. She has captured the hearts of all of her caregivers! 

If you think you could be an adoptive family for Abigail, please complete our free online pre-application and send us a copy of your current home study (completed within the past 12 months), conducted by a licensed adoption agency. 

All families who have completed the online pre-application and submitted their current home study are considered active prospective adoptive families. We will contact you if your family is a potential match for a current or future waiting child. 

For additional questions, please contact our Adoption Team at 212-400-8150 or asap@spence-chapin.org

Read Special Need Adoption FAQs on our blog! 

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DOMESTIC WAITING CHILD (SPECIAL NEEDS): INFANT baby boy

We are looking for a forever family for a beautiful baby boy named Connor. 

Connor was born in late August and diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.

While many newborns with Prader-Willi often require tube feeding, Connor is now bottle feeding, which is a welcome development. He is an adorable baby with thick blonde hair and a sweet personality. In fact, he is already smiling, making silly faces, and practicing some cute baby sounds.

Symptoms of Prader-Willi vary, but it is known to affect cognitive function, physical development and certain behaviors. Insatiable appetite is a frequent feature of Prader-Willi and often presents itself in early adolescence. Without intervention, Prader-Willi can lead to obesity and diabetes. However, treatments are now used to target this symptom.

Connor’s parents are seeking an open adoption with a small or medium-sized family.

If you would like to be considered as a potential adoptive parent for Connor, please submit our FREE online pre-application and send us a copy of your current home study (completed within the past 12 months), conducted by a licensed adoption agency.

All families who have completed the online pre-application and submitted their current home study are considered active prospective adoptive families. We will contact you if your family is a potential match for a current or future waiting child.

For additional questions, please contact our Adoption Team at 212-400-8150 or asap@spence-chapin.org.

Read Special Need Adoption FAQs on our blog!

Learn more about the matching process in Spence-Chapin’s Domestic Special Needs Adoption Program.

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WAITING CHILD (INTERNATIONAL): 
JENNIFER, AGE 6, COLOMBIA

We are still advocating for this sweet, adorable girl! Jennifer is a 6-year-old girl living in a foster home in Colombia. Jennifer has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect. As a young child, Jennifer underwent corrective surgery for her congenital heart condition and currently takes medication for hyperthyroidism and hypertension.

Jennifer’s caregivers describe her as an affectionate and calm young girl who enjoys playing games and loves animals and other young children. She loves to create arts and crafts and it has been said that nothing brings a bigger smile to Jennifer’s face than being able to play with her musical instruments and having others play along with her! She smiles and even laughs out loud when she discovers herself being able to create sounds from these instruments.

Jennifer can follow simple instructions and can interpret other people´s expressions.  She expresses her emotions and feelings through gestures but is still unable to verbalize them -- yet, her language abilities continue to improve, and she now uses simple words (in Spanish) like “mom” and “dad” and “thank you” to communicate. It is reported that Jennifer receives therapies to support her speech and development, including phono audiology and occupational therapy twice a week. 

Jennifer can sometimes be scared or shy of strangers when first meeting them but is playful and enjoys sharing time and activities with her caregivers and other people once she has a chance to get to know them. Jennifer participates in a recreational program meant to strengthen her integral development through games and cultural and artistic activities. Since joining the program Jennifer has been in the same substitute home and it has been shared that she has adapted well to the family and has been able to build a strong bond with the members of the household. 

Jennifer is in need of a family that can provide consistency, support, and a lifetime of love and affection. To learn more about the adoption process and next steps, please contact our Adoption Team at 212-400-8150 or email us at info@spence-chapin.org.


 

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Maria

Age 10
colombia

Maria is a resilient, sweet and fun-loving young girl who is living in a children’s home in Colombia. Maria was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2010. She is now in remission and has stopped treatment as of February 2016. Since being in remission, she goes to follow-up appointments every 6 months to ensure the cancer has not returned.

At school, Maria is described as social and friendly, respectful of her teachers and an enthusiastic participant both inside and outside of the classroom. Maria learns English in school and can understand instructions and some commands. She enjoys songs and stories and participating in games and activities with her classmates. Her school has observed that she has some learning delays and displays some ADHD behaviors. She has been receiving occupational therapy and speech therapy and meets with a clinical psychologist to provide her with support.

In a recent report about Maria, a caregiver reflected: “She is an angel who is here to teach us something special.”

Maria is in need of a family who can provide her with all the love, encouragement and affection she deserves. To learn more about Maria, the adoption process and next steps, please contact our Adoption Team at 212-400-8150 or email us at info@spence-chapin.org.

DOMESTIC WAITING CHILD (SPECIAL NEEDS): one-year-old baby boy

We are looking for a forever family for a sweet, happy boy named Wesley.

Wesley was born in February 2017. He was immediately transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for respiratory distress and then transferred to a long-term children’s hospital where he is today.  It is suspected that Wesley 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.  Wesley has received craniofacial surgery to address feeding and breathing issues, and it is anticipated that he will require follow-up surgery. 

Wesley’s parents live in China. However, they are actively participating in making an adoption plan for Wesley and would like an open adoption.  They will travel for a Match Meeting and any in-person visits. 

Please note that we are looking for a family who has experience with tracheostomy (trach) care. We are also seeking families who are able to commit to training at the hospital to prepare for Wesley’s discharge.

Despite Wesley’s struggles, he is a joy!  He is able to sit up with support. He smiles, interacts and loves to play with his feet.  He has captured the hearts of the doctors and nurses at his hospital.          

If you would like to be considered as a potential adoptive parent for Wesley, please submit our FREE online pre-application and send us a copy of your current home study (completed within the past 12 months), conducted by a licensed adoption agency. 

All families who have completed the online pre-application and submitted their current home study are considered active prospective adoptive families. We will contact you if your family is a potential match for a current or future waiting child. 

For additional questions, please contact our Adoption Team at 212-400-8150 or asap@spence-chapin.org

Read Special Need Adoption FAQs on our blog! 

Learn more about the matching process in Spence-Chapin’s Domestic Special Needs Adoption Program.