Updated: Sunday, 11 Jul 2010, 9:35 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 11 Jul 2010, 9:35 PM EDT
Trumbull, Conn. (WTNH) - A young boy in Trumbull is ready to move in with a family. Now he just needs somebody to open their home. Janvier is his name and News 8's Ted Koppy has his story.
It may look like just playtime but Janvier is learning a lot at St. Vincent's Special Needs Services.
Born healthy, he suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, when he was younger, and spent much of his young life in a hospital.
In the two-plus years he's been there -- whether it's learning to push a button, or connect with sights and sounds around him. -- Janvier's therapists and teacher say he has come a long way.
One thing they credit, him with is his adventurous spirit.
"He plays a lot of instruments. He does a lot of computer work,” said Kathleen Paskiewicz, Janvier’s teacher. “He loves to get messy, to do sensory things.”
But the thing they love best about him is that he likes to be around people.
Those who work with Janvier describe him as a happy child, but they say he'd be even happier in a family setting.
"He's just a very loving child. And he has a lot to give,” Kathleen Paskiewicz continues. “And if they're willing to give all that they have, and work with us, then he would be very happy and the unit will work very well.”
Both Department of Children and Families and Saint Vincent's Special Needs Services say they will surround any foster or adoptive family with training, respite, and support.
While all the therapy, stretching, and cognitive play, are important in helping Janvier grow, it's the stimulation of living with a family, and the security of knowing that you are loved, that will make the biggest difference.
If you are interested in adopting Janvier, or learning more about becoming a foster parent, call 800-842-6348.
They will be happy to talk with you.