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Portrait provided by Oregon Heart Gallery. Profile provided by NWAE.
Marvin, or "Marvy" as he is lovingly called, is adorable with big brown eyes that sparkle, a full head of chocolate brown hair and a grin that stretches from ear to ear. While Marvy has a serene and happy temperament, his spirit and fight have produced resilience through all of his hardships. Marvy's delays and medical needs put him developmentally at a much younger age than he is chronologically. Although he is non-verbal, he does say "mama." This darling little boy is able to form attachments with his caregivers.
Some of Marvy's favorite activities include manipulating switch toys or playing with anything that seems to him to have a cause/effect connection. Marvy also loves just about anything that makes noise. The louder the better! It's amazing what this little guy can do with his feet, too! Although Marvy just recently began walking, he is always on the move.
Marvy lives in a medical foster home. His birth mother has open visitation with him and would like to have the ability to continue with this plan. Marvy was placed in foster care in 2006. He suffered physical injuries to his head, prior to entering care, which is believed to be a primary cause of his developmental delays.
Marvy receives feedings through a G-tube. A few years ago, he underwent open heart surgery, and his recovery was remarkably quick. Marvy is susceptible to a wide range of conditions that can produce a rapid decline in his health, but with attention to his health needs, this can be prevented.
Currently, Marvy attends occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy. He has many medical doctors who specialize in different areas who work well as a team. His treatment team is all aware of his full medical needs and potential health problems that could include respiratory infection, dehydration, diet problems, cardiovascular complications, and thyroid problems. More detailed information will be provided to prospective adoptive parents.
Because it is unknown at this time what the future holds for this little guy, he must have consistent, loving adoptive parent(s) willing and able to make a life-long commitment to him. It will be necessary for his adoptive parent(s) to have knowledge of basic medical procedures or be willing to learn. Having an adoptive family able to provide for his care need as well as to focus on his strengths will help him to reach his full potential.
Subsidy and Purchase of Service may be available.
Photo by Mary LeRoy
To find out more about Marvin, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine or call 1-800-926-2588. Marvin is available for adoptiion through the State of Oregon.
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