Special boy needs special love

Sharif is a very special little boy. He needs 24-hour, round the clock care.

He has cerebral palsy, seizures and several other debilitating conditions. He spends all his time in his bed or wheelchair. He cannot sit, crawl or roll over by himself.

He loves to be tickled and he responds to music by smiling. He is nonverbal but acknowledges that people are talking to him by following them with his eyes.

Sharif needs a very special adoptive family who will be able to connect with the little boy inside and will be able to make him smile and maybe laugh in his own way. He needs a family that can appreciate that these are the ways he gives back. He needs a family who will provide for him for his entire life.

Sharif was born in August 2005.

There are more than 500 children in temporary foster homes in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. They have been abused, neglected or abandoned. While some may eventually return to their birth families, the rest will need adoptive families.

Families First Network is a community-based care agency that provides foster care and adoption services for children and families in the Northwest Florida area from Escambia County east to Walton County.

Families interested in adoption can contact Families First Network at 1-866-313-9874 in Pensacola or by contacting Adoption Recruitment Specialist, Kati Andrews at 850-469-3847.

As seen in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press.

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