Ethan – Placed


Meet Ethan!

*Ethan’s birth certificate says 7 years old, but his bone age scan says he’s actually 6.  He was adopted internationally.  We are hoping to find a 2-parent home with no other children under age 9 or with a much younger child because Abdi does well with a younger child in his present home.  We need a family who has a current (or easily updated) home study.  Ethan does best with a structured, firm and patient parenting style.  Please write to us for his ‘full profile’ if you’d like to know more about Ethan and our process of pre-approval for a Second Chance adoption.  Write to us at [email protected] .

Ethan’s favorite toys have always been blocks.  He likes to build towers and will laugh hysterically when he knocks them down.  He also enjoys puzzles and will do board puzzles on his own (where the pieces fit into slots).  He loves stuffed animals and carries them around with him, kissing and hugging them.  He engages in play with more than one animal and has them interact with each other.  He likes to listen to music and will dance around to it.  He enjoys having picture books read to him and will engage in locating and pointing to various objects in the pictures as his English vocabulary increases.  His very favorite thing to do is shop for new shoes and he loves to show his shoes off to anyone who will look!  Ethan likes to show affection to family members with hugs and high-fives.  The family has a small dog that he plays with nicely.  Ethan has wonderful receptive language skills, but still rarely uses spoken words to communicate even though he’s been home for 3 years.  He uses words in play but never when asked to speak.

Ethan plays well with his friends at school.  He is very social and the school points out that his social skills are one of his strengths, in additional to his receptive language abilities.  He seeks out other children to play with.  

Ethan enjoys helping around the house by setting the table, putting things in the garbage and fetching items for others.  He has excellent receptive language skills although he rarely utters words.  His adopted mom says that if you say words to him like “ball” or “hop”, he will repeat them clearly.  He sometimes uses words during play also, but will never use them when requested.

Ethan is on a gluten and lactose free diet.  

This is a private adoption, so a state or foster home study might not work. A state authorized private domestic or international home study is generally required. You will need to have a current, or easily-updated home study for this adoption.  Due to state laws, we are not able to place this child in CT, MA, NY or DE.  If you live in OR, you may need to travel to the child’s state to finalize this adoption. If you have never had a home study before, we cannot help you adopt this child.  But we would love to share with you the process of starting a home study so you could be approved for a child in the near future.  Please write to us and ask us how to get started!

Adoption is a legal process so costs for the adoption are $300 application fee, $3500 agency fee, a lawyer in your state for ICPC and finalization ($2000-$4000) and travel to the child’s state for a couple days to bring him home. This adoption may qualify for the IRS Adoption Tax Credit.  

Contact us at [email protected] .

*To protect the privacy of our waiting children and their families, Second Chance does not share real names for our waiting children on the Internet.  It is our policy to only share a snippet of a waiting child’s details as well as the type of adoptive family we are looking for.  If you fit the POSTED REQUIREMENTS, are home study ready (or can be soon!), and interested in adding this child to your family, please write to us for an honest, in-depth profile on the child including medical, educational, and behavioral information and learn the full story of why this child needs a secondary adoption.  Our program social worker and program director have worked together with the child’s family to carefully set the requirements for the new family.  These requirements are not negotiable, so please honor the needs of this child by not asking us to bend them for you.


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