Despite multiple medical needs, 3-year-old Rahkim, affectionately known as “Rocky,” has a playful disposition and feels positive about life. His wishes are simple: he looks forward to being able to sit up on his own, and he wants a “forever family.”
“His facial expressions are amazing,” says his social worker, “and he has the brightest smile.” When he accomplishes a task such as pulling himself into a sitting position, he smiles as staff praise him for being so strong. Rahkim thrives on attention and enjoys being held and cuddled, especially when someone reads to him or he hears music. His favorites are jazz and lullabies.
Rocky will begin pre-school this month, and he is eager to meet those who will become his “new friends.”
He needs a family willing to take training to understand his medical needs. It would be best if he were an only child or the youngest in a family with older children that could understand the time and energy he needs.
Although caring for a child like “Rocky” can be challenging, the Adoption Center has found that there are individuals and families, especially those with some medical background or experience, that are enthusiastic about helping them reach their potential.