Carlos is a sweet, active, happy little boy. He loves blocks and colors, and gives big cheesy grins. Carlos is two years old and has experienced more hardship than anyone should in such a short time.
His mother struggled in many ways since having Carlos. At the end of 2017, Child Protective Services (CPS) learned that Carlos and his mom were living on the streets. At the time, Carlos was extremely underweight and his behavior was not developmentally appropriate for his age.
Carlos’ aunt, Melissa, and her husband gained guardianship of Carlos in January 2018 and quickly enrolled him in Any Baby Can’s Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program.
Initially, Carlos was “pocketing” his food, which is a feeding disorder that manifests when children go without food for long periods. He was delayed in speech and cognition and had social emotional concerns, signs of the trauma he experienced.
Over the last 8 months, Carlos has worked with his Any Baby Can case manager Megan Dreyer, as well as Carrie McDonald for speech therapy and Alejandra Toledofor specialized skills trainings. The Any Baby Can team visits his home regularly and works with Carlos and Melissa on key developmental milestones, as well as parenting and family support.
“Any Baby Can has been a wonderful partner for me over the last few months. They have been a huge help in regards to Carlos’ development, my own confidence and the structure of our home,” says Melissa.
There’s more progress to be made and milestones to reach but Carlos is on a wonderful path to a brighter future.
Carlos and Melissa will be attending our Big Hearts, Bright Futures Luncheon on October 11, as we spotlight the big hearts who give generously to our work and help us create bright futures for parents and children.