Henry is a very happy and curious little boy who has light brown hair, blue eyes, and is often seen with a smile on his face. Henry has been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum and receives support in school. He is nonverbal, but will repeat one syllable words. If Henry needs something, he will take your hand and lead you to what he wants. He understands rules, limitations, and follows directions. Henry’s foster mother describes him as intelligent, loving, caring, and very gentle. She says he enjoys eating and will try all different foods. Henry enjoys going outside and running around in the grass. He also likes watching television – his favorite movie is Disney’s “Cars.” Although he does not initiate play with others, he will play alongside them as well as watching others play video games.
Avery is a happy little girl who has strawberry-blonde hair, big bright greyish-blue eyes, and a contagious smile. Like her brother, Avery is on the autistic spectrum, nonverbal, and will repeat one syllable words. She understands directives and listens well. Avery does become upset when she hears loud noises or is in a large crowd. Avery enjoys playing independently with her toys, especially her Disney characters. Avery attends full-day child care and enjoys watching the other children and teachers. Avery’s foster mother describes her as sweet, playful, loving, and very patient. She is a good eater and will try all foods, except hot dogs.
Amber is a sweet, playful toddler who has strawberry-blonde hair and greyish-blue eyes like her sister. She is full of energy and likes to stay in motion. Amber enjoys playing with all different toys and loves receiving attention. She likes having stories read to her, doing little art projects, and singing and dancing to music. Amber attends full-day child care and enjoys interacting with the other children. She loves playing outside and going to the park with her classroom friends. Amber’s foster mother describes her as playful with a huge personality, intelligent, and a child who listens well. Amber is a good eater and hasn’t found a food she does not like.
The children will do well in a forever home with one or two parents who can give them unconditional love and provide structure, support, and stability. They need a family who understands the challenges of autism spectrum disorder and who has the time and patience to work with Henry and Avery.
Presently, Henry is in a different foster home than Avery and Amber, although the goal is to have all three children placed together. They share a very close bond and enjoy their bi-weekly visits with each other and their birth parents. A forever family who is able to accommodate ongoing visits with their birth parents in the southeastern Pennsylvania area is a plus.
Henry, Avery, and Amber are not yet legally free for adoption.
Families must have an approved Family Profile (home study) to adopt a child. Only those families with approved profiles will be considered by the child’s caseworker in the county children and youth agency with custody of the child.
The information is given by PAE based solely on the statement of the family that they are approved to adopt. Families in Pennsylvania without an approved Family Profile are directed to contact 1-800-585-SWAN1-800-585-SWAN
to pursue an agency in their geographic area. Families living outside of Pennsylvania are encouraged to work with an agency in their state to prepare the profile.