We are looking for a family for an 8-year-old boy, named Kenny. Kenny is a very sweet, gentle boy with severe autism and learning delays and is non-verbal but understands English as well as Mandarin Chinese, his first language.

In order to maximize the placement opportunities for Kenny, his birth parents have authorized Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children to post this non-identifying description of him on the Waiting Children page of Spence-Chapin’s website in effort to recruit an excellent permanent family for him.

Kenny is Chinese, and was born in the United States, but spent most of his childhood in China with his parents and grandparents. Kenny and his family immigrated to NYC over a year ago and he lives in NYC with his parents and younger brother. Kenny is in good physical health and attends public school in a special education setting and receives special education services as part of his IEP. His current speech and language and development is severely delayed.

Kenny has been raised in a loving family his whole life, but due to family circumstances, his biological parents feel that they do not have all the time and resources needed to fully continue to provide for all that Kenny needs long-term. They are looking for a loving, caring family for their son who will be able to  meet his needs. They would like an open adoption and to share their Chinese culture and language with the adoptive family to help Kenny to maintain his connection to his birth culture.

Kenny is being seen regularly by a pediatrician and is up to date on all of his immunizations and check-ups. In addition, Spence-Chapin’s pediatrician has seen Kenny for a physical exam.

Kenny enjoys school and has positive reports from his current teachers. Kenny also engages well with new caregivers and teachers he encounters.

Kenny can do many things independently like toileting and feeding himself, running and jumping, etc. His mother feels that he needs more appropriate services to help him improve in communication and socialization with others. Currently he plays mostly independently and enjoys electronic games.

If you would like to be considered as a forever family for Kenny, please send us a copy of your current home study (home visit completed within the past 12 months), conducted by a licensed adoption agency. We are unable to consider families that do not have a current home study or a home study completed by an independent social worker. Families from any state are welcome to apply to adopt Kenny.

Kenny’s parents have shared that in addition to a loving family that can provide all the attention, time and care needed as well as access appropriate resources for him, they would also like a Christian family as Kenny was Baptized in the US. They also shared that Kenny enjoys dogs so a family with pets would be welcome!

To learn more about​ Kenny, contact our Adoption Team at 212-400-8150 or email us at [email protected].