Affectionate youth delights in hugs

Posted: August 07, 2012

Rashawn, 15, loves attention. Playful and affectionate, he delights in being hugged and read to. When spoken to, he becomes quiet, smiles, or laughs. Rashawn likes to move and happily leaves his wheelchair to scoot and crawl short distances on the floor.

Diagnosed as multiply disabled, Rashawn can recognize and respond to voice and touch. Although he is working on speech, he uses body language to communicate, such as reaching toward a toy or someone he likes. As a Boy Scout, he participated in making a car for a race derby and was very proud of himself. Rashawn currently lives in a long-term-care hospital pediatric unit and benefits from physical and occupational therapies. His favorite activities are spending time in the pool and pet therapy. He also enjoys cartoons, especially those about superheroes.

Rashawn needs a permanent home with a loving, committed family that will provide him with stimulation, love, and care for his medical needs. The family could be two-parent or a single parent. Staff at his facility will train the family in how to care for him. He is eligible for financial subsidy.


Rashawn and other children are available for adoption by approved applicants. For a free information packet contact the National Adoption Center, 1500 Walnut St., Suite 701, Philadelphia 19102. Call 215-735-9988, or visit the website at www.adopt.org

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