Foster children come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and capabilities. Their common need is a loving home. Today's Wednesday's Child is no different, although he does require more than the usual attention. Dave courvoisier introduces us to Isaiah.
Isaiah suffered a traumatic head injury within months of being born. No one thought he would survive. That was three and a half years ago largely thanks to the loving attention of Sybil.
She and her husband have been caring for medically fragile children for more than 30 years, and never think twice about the challenges. When I asked her what the rewards are, she said:
"...Just the pleasure of helping him out. You wanna take care of him and help him be better," explains Sybil.
And Isaiah has many challenges. He really doesn't register sight or sound. He has a breathing tube, a feeding tube and needs constant attention. Yet, Sybil says she sees changes: "Yes, for the better...he's getting better, he still doesn't respond too much, but he knows that we're here, and he likes to be held, and you can tell that...he relaxes when you're holding him and stuff, he knows when he's being held," adds Sybil.
The Division of Family Services is seeking an adoptive home for Isaiah:
"Just like Sybil, we're gonna need that special person, that special family that are going to be able to provide him with a loving environment, and be able to support...his needs," says Rich, and adoption recruiter for the Division of Child and Family Services.
"It's just a day to day thing, you don't know," adds Sybil.
"At Clark County Department of Family Services, we strive on and believe that every child is adoptable....doesn't matter what their medical, physical, emotional needs are...every child is adoptable," explains Rich.
We know Isaiah presents a big challenge, but we also know there are a lot of people with big hearts out there. Please call the local office of the Adoption Exchange now a 436-6335 to inquire about Isaiah.