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Zane, Anthony & Tre
These loving brothers will delight you with their antics and their desire for lots of hugs. High energy levels and many special needs will test a family's time management skills, without a doubt. A couple's loving investment of time, consistency, and patience, patience, patience, could ensure they stay together and maximize their full developmental potential. It will take a strong support system and ready access to many community resources, but the rewards will be great as these bonded brothers grow together.
Fun-loving yet anxious in new situations, Zane is described as a child who can go from happy to tears in seconds when outside his dependable routine. The up-side to that is that Zane is also easily redirected to something that puts his usual wide smile back on his face.
Zane has braces and needs monthly visits to the orthodontist. Also, to address severe expressive and receptive language delays, he will need parents who can access speech therapy lessons in their community as well as at school.
Zane will start first grade this fall. Because he has a difficult time retaining new skills, he has an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) at school that addresses significant cognitive delays. With foster parents who advocate well for him, he receives needed services at school, such as a one-on-one aide. If you have the experience or training to carry on this work in your local school district, this little boy with the big smile and even bigger heart needs you!
"I'm Anthony. I like the dinosaur slide. And chicken nuggets at Wendy's."
"Cute, funny, talkative and charming" are all adjectives that describe this little powerhouse who will start kindergarten this fall. Extremely adaptable to new situations, he will quickly use his charm to redirect the grown-ups around him. Anthony needs parents who are equally capable of using humor and empathy to build his trust. He must be convinced that they are in charge and will provide for all his needs. It will take sharp parenting skills and knowledge of how to enhance bonding if you are to succeed with Anthony. His adoption team will be looking for parents who understand children who have experienced a less-than-predictable world. To them, Anthony's fibbing and manipulations are logical coping skills that need to be redirected into something that will serve him better. At least one at-home parent or skilled care provider is a must. Having a solid support network and respite care will be equally important.
This adorable toddler also needs at least one parent whose day is devoted to meeting his current needs. He has difficulty feeling safe around new people, so building his trust and feelings of safety are critical to his current development.
Tre has been diagnosed with Strabismus and may need corrective eye surgery in the future. His doctor wants to wait for six months to see if it will improve without surgery. Because Tre may also need Occupational Therapy for sensory deprivation, as well as services to address mild speech/language delays, his adoption team will want to know how accessible these services might be in your community.
These children have many needs that individually are challenging and collectively may feel overwhelming on some days. Their caseworker is looking for one highly skilled and knowledgeable family that is capable of meeting those needs. Each of these children has shown symptoms of asthma, either currently or in the past. Tre has a breathing machine with medication to use when he has an asthma attack. If you feel up for this challenge, please call the Idaho CareLine. If you have in the past raised challenging children or you have special professional skills that might bless the lives of these three brothers, the children's adoption team is eager to speak with you!
Portrait by Pomerelle Portrait Design Studios
To find out more about Zane, Anthony & Tre, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine or call 1-800-926-2588. In Idaho you can dial 2-1-1. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30359.
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