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Warren is a handsome boy with arresting blue eyes. He can be very shy and anxious in new situations, but is able to find comfort from trusted adults. He loves to watch Disney movies, especially "Cars." He also likes Thomas the Train.
Warren's foster mom describes him as funny, witty and able to attach to those he trusts. Early intervention services and Warren's hard work have brought about major gains in his developmental abilities. He does have moderate cognitive delays that will require patience and special skills within a two-parent family. He would do well with no siblings or with much older siblings who understand kids with developmental challenges. A supportive extended family and respite care plans would be a plus! Warren's foster parents are willing to be supportive mentors. They could help with a smooth transition into an adoptive family.
Warren learned to be gentle with baby kittens and loves them. He is frightened of dogs. This would have some bearing on whether or not he could feel safe in a family with certain pets.
Access to community resources is a crucial factor Warren's adoption team will be considering. They are looking for a couple with the knowledge, skills and commitment needed for the lifetime care this child may need--parents who will take tantrums and aggressive behavior in stride and guard against frustration and fatigue that trigger these behaviors. With non-specific learning disabilities Warren will also need academic advocates who understand an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
A boy of few words, Warren is beginning to develop limited verbal skills. His foster mom uses sign language, paired with prompts that encourage him to verbalize his wants. With the right kind of family to pick up that level of care and maximize development, Warren will continue to make important gains. His foster mom says he's made amazing progress in the past two years.
With his shy smile and and quiet ways, Warren is so easy to love and so vulnerable! His development is that of a 14 month old child. Knowing that, parents must have the maturity to respond appropriately whether he is have a great day or a tough one. A reliable routine, good diet and naps help, but sometimes it takes an extra measure of patience and creativity. The teaching investment and love parents give Warren in the next few years will build a foundation for all future abilities. You could be that cornerstone in this child's future!
Portrait by Pomerelle Portrait Design Studios
To find out more about Warren, 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: 30320.
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