This is my nephew, Jonah. His mother, my sister, passed away suddenly in 2012 from a pulmonary embolism. Since then, I have had legal guardianship. My husband and I really would like to adopt Jonah.
You see, Jonah has had a pretty tough life in his short 7 years. He was born premature at 26 and half weeks and spent the first 3 months of his life in the NICU at Loma Linda. When he went home, he suffered abuse at the hands of his father, causing some head trauma and the detachment of the lens on his left eye.
Jonah also has mild cerebral palsy which could be from being born premature or from the abuse (we don't know for sure). My sister and mother worked very hard with the Inland Regional Center to loosen his muscles. We have also worked extensively with occupational therapists to build his gross and fine motor skills. Today, Jonah's CP is hardly noticable. Though he is in a Special Day Class at school, he is learning and growing by leaps and bounds.
Jonah has always been a part of my family as my sister and I were very close. She loved me so much, she left me her greatest gift, the person she loved more than anything. I have done my best to fill my sister's shoes and honor her legacy. I love this little boy with all my heart. There is nothing I wouldn't do for him. I have worked with teachers and therapists, I have attended every IEP meeting and conference, I have given him a home and a loving family.
Now, I need your help. What I want to give him, more than anything, is a home and a sense of permanence. I need to make sure he is safe, to make sure he can never be taken away from us. My husband and I would love to adopt Jonah, but it is expensive. The basic cost is $2500 for the lawyer and another $5000 for investigative fees. Please help me raise the funds to keep my little boy in the home with people who love him.
Thank you so much!