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Andrew S. was born Nov. 30, 1991, with a very rare abnormality of the No. 2 chromosome, which has caused severe neurological abnormalities that include moderate to severe mental retardation. Both of his birth parents have mental retardation and relinquished Andrew because they were unable to care for him. He has been in one foster home.

Andrew is a sleepy infant who makes very few sounds and doesn't respond much to people. When he is awake, he enjoys the baby swing and turns his head from side to side to look around. However, he has very poor head control and poor muscle tone in general.Andrew needs a family that can accept his limitations, encourage him to learn as much as he can and offer him a lot of love. He will need therapy and special-education programs, but most of all he needs the love and encouragement.

Financial assistance is available.

Editor's note: Every week the Deseret News profiles a special-needs child available for adoption through the Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange. An estimated 35,000 children

are considered "special needs" because they are an ethnic minority, disabled, older or hard to place because there are siblings who need to be placed together. Anyone interested in a child may call the exchange, 359-7700.