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From Adoption Connections, INC.
We have a newborn baby who has serious issues and who desperately needs an adoptive family who can accept and care for him.
Baby: ½ Anglo, ½ African American, boy, born yesterday, March 8th
Risk Factors: Mom reports no alcohol or illegal drug use, smoked 2 cigarettes daily during pregnancy, no mental health issues; even so baby has serious special needs.
Mom learned that she was pregnant a month ago. She already has a boy, age 2, and is in school. She felt that she couldn’t handle a baby so planned to call an adoption agency after she arrived at the hospital. She wants a closed adoption for now and requested that she have no contact with the baby to prepare her for relinquishing. This morning, mom was told that her baby has microcephaly.
Microcephaly is a condition where the head circumference is smaller than normal because the brain has not developed properly or has stopped growing. Microcephaly can be present at birth or it may develop in the first few years of life. Signs and symptoms of microcephaly may include a smaller than normal head circumference that usually remains smaller than normal as the child grows, dwarfism, short stature, delayed motor and speech functions, mental retardation, seizures, facial distortions, hyperactivity, balance and coordination problems, and other brain-related or neurological problems; although some with this disorder may develop normal intelligence.
Depending on the severity of the accompanying syndrome, children with microcephaly may have impaired cognitive abilities. Some children with microcephaly will have normal intelligence and a head that will grow bigger, but they will track below the normal growth curves for head circumference.
There is no treatment for microcephaly that can return a child’s head to a normal size or shape. Treatment focuses on ways to decrease the impact of the associated deformities and neurological disabilities. Children with microcephaly and developmental delays are usually evaluated by a pediatric neurologist. Early childhood intervention programs that involve physical, speech, and occupational therapists help to maximize abilities and minimize dysfunction. Medications are often used to control seizures, hyperactivity, and neuromuscular symptoms. Some children will only have mild disability. Others, especially if they are growing and developing normally, will have normal intelligence and continue to develop and meet regular age-appropriate milestones.
The hospital where the mom delivered does not have adequate testing equipment to evaluate this baby’s condition. They have called in a pediatric neurologist. The hospital is keeping us up to date as they get more information. We don’t know how long this will take and it’s possible he will be transferred to another hospital.
We’re looking for a special adoptive family for this little boy. The full extent of his abilities will likely not be known by the time placement occurs.
This special needs adoption will qualify for reduced fees. Please contact our office if you can help in any way – 806-745-7995.
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