Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Special needs adoption from a Jewish perspective.

Friday, June 7, 2013


This little boy is the same age as my youngest child:

Only 3 years old, his head is too heavy for him to even sit up, so he lies in his crib 24/7.

What will his fate be? Left untreated, in the orphanage, he would probably die by the time he is 5 or 6 years old.

However, some people believe that this is not a foregone conclusion. In this country, most children born with hydrocephalus are treated in infancy and then grow and develop normally. Some people are prepared to give this chance to children like this little boy, put themselves out there, and adopt them.

Here is the little boy from that last link again, in an update from 2 months ago.  Adopted when he was already 5 years old, he looked pretty hopeless.   Just over a year - and several operations - later, he is learning to walk and communicate with his family, and making beautiful progress.

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