Travis – Placed
Travis is 7 and was born to a drug-using mother who also abused alcohol. The mother is a relative to the current adoptive family so this family knows things about him that might not be normally known by adoptive families. There was no repercussion for the mother giving birth to Travis who born drug exposed in a county in the State of Washington apparently because the services in that county are too poor to take on more children. He was removed from his birth mother when he was 2 ½ and had suffered neglect and possible abuse. It is believed that he was sexually abused, when he was younger, but he has never acted out sexually towards any others.
Travis was born with a club foot that has been corrected. He has absolutely no physical limitations and can run and play normally.
Travis had a younger biological brother who was aggressive and into everyone’s faces. It was decided to place that child through this program separately from Travis, and that happened this last summer. Since then, his current parents report that Travis has improved his behavior and relationships with others.
A smaller home with no other children age-grouped around him would be best. Travis’s present parents both work outside the home, and it is believed that a 2 parent home with a stay-at-home parent would be best.
Travis has been tested and it was scored that his IQ is in the low average range or possibly lower. We have seen so many children test low who are in our program, who then go on to new homes and no longer test low. It is very hard to get an accurate reading on a 7 year old not living in a home that is optimal for his development.
In second grade, he reads well, although his math skills are a little lower. He was on Ritalin for ADHD, but when it did not help, he was changed to risperidone which does seem to help his behavior. He is more playful and less anxious. Homeschooling might be a nice plan for Travis because of the one-on-one relationship which he craves.
Due to probable early neglect, Travis initially had poor muscle tone when he was first adopted, but his adoptive parents encourage him to play sports and be active outside, so this is resolving.
Often children who have been removed from neglectful homes as youngsters become hyper vigilant and have a hard time going to sleep. Melatonin has helped Travis be able to sleep. He is dry through the night.
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This is a private adoption, so a state or foster home study might not work. An approved private domestic or international home study is generally required. Due to state laws, we are not able to place this child in NY, CT, MA, or DE.
Adoption is a legal process so costs for the adoption are $200 application fee, $3500 agency fee, a lawyer in your state for ICPC and finalization ($2500-$3500) and travel to WA State, where he lives, for a couple days to bring him home. This adoption qualifies for the IRS Adoption Tax Credit.
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