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Jonah, 15, loves being with others

Jonah is an affectionate and loving teen who loves being outside, school and being around other people.

At age 15, he is in the eighth grade but functions at a developmental level of a 9- to 12-month-old. He is non-verbal, non-ambulatory and has cerebral palsy. Jonah loves people but does have difficulty trusting.

Jonah was removed from his birth home due to abuse. He attends physical, occupational and speech therapy twice a week. Medications help him with his medical condition.

All two-parent or single-mother families where Jonah can receive total care will be considered. Financial assistance for medical care and travel is available.

Each week the Deseret News profiles a special-needs child available for adoption through The Adoption Exchange, 1065 E. 3300 South. Anyone interested in a child may call the exchange at 801-412-0200 or e-mail . The Adoption Exchange in connection with the state Division of Child and Family Services also has a Web site featuring waiting children.