Todd, 4, was born to black and Caucasian parents on April 15, 1990. Because they felt unable to meet his medical needs, Todd has been in foster care most of his life. He loves musical toys, especially his little piano. He also likes small riding toys and he loves to eat.
Todd was born at 25 weeks gestation, has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, developmental delays and a variety of medical problems. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cerebral palsy, reactive airway disease and dental problems complicate his life. He needs daily nebulizer treatments, takes medication to help him sleep and requires oxygen all the time. At 2 years and 4 months, Todd was given an age equivalency of 14 months. In March 1993, his cognitive abilities ranged from 8 to 12 months.Todd goes to a special preschool and receives physical, occupational and speech therapy. He has difficulty paying attention to what he's supposed to be doing.
A two-parent family with no younger children is preferred because Todd can be quite aggressive toward other children. He'll test the limits and, when there's any change in his routine, he gets very angry and often has temper tantrums. Todd needs parents who can establish clear boundaries and consistent consequences for his behavior, as well as the love and care that will help him reach his potential. Financial assistance may be available.