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

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