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Noah, Jordan and Leilani
These energetic children need a family with lots of enduring love and the maturity to wait for deeper bonding. Their adoption team is seeking placement for all three children in one highly-skilled family and is currently accepting homestudies only from families willing and able to take all three children together, or Noah separately.
Noah is an extremely cheerful boy in the midst of many physical and neurological challenges. The hope is to place Noah and his brother and sister together; that is, if parents could be found who possess the skills and resources needed by all three children. Realistically, Noah may need a separate family; one that can maximize his development, while maintaining connection with his siblings.
An affectionate boy who is always eager to explore, Noah loves to remove his leg braces and be out of his wheelchair! He plays happily in the grass or on the floor, where he scoots in a tripod motion. He is able to use his strong right side, despite paralysis on the left and blindness. He needs parents who, because of unique skills, might recognize how far he has come since his initial diagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Noah currently requires gastrostomy tube feeding; however, he thoroughly enjoys chewing on everything he can get his hands on. A sturdy "chewy toy" provides the sensory stimulation that is a constant need in his life. His foster mom says he loves being hugged and rocked throughout the day.
Despite many challenges, Noah’s progress in a specialized foster family has been amazing! Noah needs parents who will encourage healthy stimulation and continued developmental gains. A family with a home that accommodates a wheel chair would be essential. More importantly, however, will be the level of love he receives as he rewards his family with his incredible, joyful spirit.
"I ride my motorcycle and my bike. I can make Noah laugh. He's my big brother. I like to play Superman. I have a cape, too!"
Jordan is an outgoing and energetic boy. He loves the outdoors and enjoys a wide variety of activities: riding scooters, playing football, coloring and playing with trucks and action figures.
This darling boy deserves a family that can channel his energy and affection in positive, productive ways. He needs help in establishing appropriate boundaries with strangers. Also, Jordan gets frustrated easily and needs parents to encourage him to use his words and engage positively with other children.
This tiny bundle of energy is not afraid to assert herself! Leilani's petite body is packed with character. She likes to sing and dance to music, and loves the grin this puts on every face in the room! She also likes dolls, stuffed animals, dressing up and having her hair done.
Noah, Jordan and Leilani need a loving two-parent family with a strong support system. Jordan and Leilani, ages four and two respectively, need to be the youngest children in home. Additionally, Jordan and Leilani require a very structured home that operates within firm and clear boundaries. All of the children also need a family that will encourage and support them with their cultural identity. They are busy children who will bring laughter and love to the right family. Continued contact with a paternal Great-great grandmother and other positive relatives will be so important to them.
To find out more about Noah, Jordan & Leilani, call the Idaho CareLine number, 1-800-926-2588. In Idaho you can dial 2-1-1. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30261.
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