RENO, NV - If you're looking to grow your family, two infants are hoping for a loving foster-to-adopt-home.
"They're just absolutely adorable. I've loved working with them," says social worker Lindsay Maurins. She has worked with Devontae and Edda Nae since the beginning.
"Devontae is such a character. He just giggles and loves attention. And he has an attitude now, and you can tell he's really becoming a toddler."
Fourteen-month old Devontae spent his first four-and-a-half months in the hospital, and just weeks after that, has been in the system. At his year-check, he was given a corrected age of nine months old.
"He's a little bit behind in his physical growth areas, but overall he's doing fantastic. And he's catching up to speed really quick," Maurins says. "He thrives around other children, and they teach him some things that adults can't."
At three months old, Edda Nae is reaching all her markers.
"She's developmentally on track. She doesn't have any identified special needs yet," Maurins says. "She's just a sweetheart. She loves snuggling and she loves her brother, and her brother's recognizing her now. And he looks at her, and he knows that's sister."
It's Maurins' hope that Devontae and Edda Nae will be placed in a foster-to-adopt home together. They are not currently free for adoption, so the family would need to be willing to work with Washoe County Social Services through that process to get them free for adoption. She says that could mean some contact with the birth family for visitation. "You would need to be able to work with myself or whoever is assigned to them as a social worker," Maurins continues, "Just be really patient and willing to work with us this could be a few month long process to get them free for adoption."