This little guy is really cute but you have to go to Spence Chapin’s site to see his picture:
We are looking for an adoptive family for Elijah, a loveable boy who turned 1 in October 2014. Elijah is an adorable child, with a playful nature. Elijah has several significant special needs, including multiple congenital limb malformations and syndactyly, dysplastic kidney disease, hydroureteronephrosis and a left solidary kidney, an imperforate anus with patent urachus, and an inguinal hernia. He also has a colostomy and an ureterostomy. He will need a very strong and resourceful family to help him deal with the challenges he faces in his daily life.
Elijah has several significant special needs, including multiple congenital limb malformations and syndactyly, dysplastic kidney disease, hydroureteronephrosis and a left solidary kidney, an imperforate anus with patent urachus, and an inguinal hernia. He also has a colostomy and an ureterostomy. As of 12/12/14 he has a height of 24.8 inches and weighs about 13 lbs. 8 ounces. Due to his special needs and his parents’ inability to provide daily care for him Elijah currently resides in a long-term care facility, where he has been since 4 months of age.
At the long-term care facility in which he resides Elijah has been receiving excellent medical care; and has started to have surgeries and other therapies to correct and/or help manage some of his special needs. Elijah also receives early intervention, including speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and nutritional assessment. His caretakers and doctors have seen much improvement for Elijah via the therapies and have evaluated that Elijah is ready to be in a caring and loving home environment.
His birth parents are making an adoption plan because although they cherish him with all their hearts, they are not able to meet his current and anticipated needs. They are seeking a Christian adoptive family interested in having an open adoption, which would include exchanging letters with updates and pictures, and the possibility of yearly visits. Families from any state in the U.S. will be considered.
Prospective adoptive families must research the medical issues listed above, consult with their pediatrician regarding what is currently known about these medical issues, and reach out to their community to see what resources are currently available, such as early interventions, specialized schools and other therapies. Although Elijah is currently considered medically stable, he will face varied and unpredictable challenges in the future and therefore families must be prepared and have the support systems and resources needed for him. It would be of critical value for the adoptive family to have experience adopting and parenting children with severe disabilities.
Please note that the information included here is all that is available to be shared with families at this time. More information will be made available to the prospective families who are selected by Elijah’s birth parents.
If you feel that your family could be the family for Elijah please complete our ASAP pre-application form and forward us your current, up to date, home study. If we have a current, up to date, home study on file for you, please email us regarding your interest in this child. We can be reached by email at ASAP@spence-chapin.org, fax at (888) 742-6126, or mail can be sent to ASAP at Spence-Chapin, 410 East 92nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10128.
Spence Chapin: http://www.spence-chapin.org you may have to type it in your address bar for some reason the link does not always work here on this page. To get it Elijah’s link, click on adoption programs, click domestic program then look for the waiting children tab voila!! his picture!!
Spence Chapin does a great job in finding the perfect family for their special ones and they consider every family. If you are interested, the contact information is at the end of the description.
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