WORDS Project Zero
IMAGE courtesy Portraits by Chasity
Our buddy Jacobi is a very cute boy with some big challenges in his life. Jacobi suffered a serious brain injury and as a result he has a host of physical and developmental issues. He is blind and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Jacobi also has developmental delays, eating and digestion issues, and is not yet potty trained. He is receiving excellent care and therapies, however. He’s doing great in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. And despite all his challenges, Jacobi is a super happy young man! He loves music and enjoys dancing and bouncing around, especially on his trampoline. Jacobi is very affectionate and gives great hugs. And he’s a snuggler! His foster parents shared that he has an infectious laugh that always fills the room.
Jacobi hasn’t let his issues define who he is and how he responds to the world. He is joyful, hopeful, and ready to be surrounded by a special family who understands his challenges and is ready to stand by him as he meets each one with that big smile and irresistible laugh of his. Jacobi will need a two-parent home who will be committed to maintaining his therapies. He’ll require consistent visits to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, and he may benefit from attending the Arkansas School for the Blind (also in Little Rock). His local schools also will need to be able to work with him and his challenges in a supportive environment. Jacobi deserves every opportunity to become the best Jacobi possible, and we know there’s a family out there who can be his forever!
In partnership with Project Zero and Arkansas Heart Gallery, each month Do South® will feature a waiting child, or sibling group, in foster care in Arkansas. To inquire about these incredible children, please visit theprojectzero.org.