Ethan is a 5-year-old boy from Texas who is hoping to be adopted.
Ethan is a calm child with a happy demeanor. He can be quiet, but once he warms up to you he is joyful and generally laughing. He likes to be held, cuddled, and kissed. He enjoys sitting up and playing. He responds well to toys that vibrate, have bright lights, and make noises. Ethan enjoys teasing his caregivers and gets along well with his foster siblings. Ethan is non-verbal, but he interacts through touch. He is leaning to communicate his wants or needs through voice, pointing, and crying. Ethan is developmentally at the age of a 10 month old. Ethan is not mobile, but he can sit up on his own. He is fed through a feeding tube, but is taking some foods orally. He is partially blind, but can see peripherally. He is also partially hearing-impaired, but he responds to touch and voice. Ethan receives speech, physical, and occupational therapy. He responds to individuals after consistently working with them. Ethan is a joyful child and melts your heart when he laughs, which he does a lot. It is very rewarding to spend time with Ethan after he has become comfortable with you. Foster parents love Ethan and have only positive things to say about him. His treatment and medical team have also said that Ethan is progressing more than ever thought and continues to surprise them with his progress. Ethan is very medically fragile and needs constant supervision and care for the future and perhaps lifelong.
Ethan needs a family who is hands-on and will continue to work with providers to assist him in improving his health and quality of life. The family will need a full time caregiver as well as be medically competent. He will do best as the only child in the home, or few children. He is a friendly child with those he becomes comfortable with. Ethan will be a great addition to that special family willing to open their heart and home to him.
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