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Baby Ezequiel needs the commitment of a forever family

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He has been living with the same foster family for more than a year and that has given baby Ezequiel the consistency he has needed, but foster families are short-term and what Ezequiel needs now is a forever family to make a lifelong commitment.

He looks more like an infant than a toddler and baby Ezequiel's needs are not unlike a newborn's.

"He needs help holding his bottle, he can not grasp the bottle," said protective services worker Gisella Aguilar.

Watching baby Ezequiel sleeping peacefully, you would never know the trauma he's been through in his short life.

"He has a brain condition called hydrocephalus where he's just got limited function in his brain," explained Aguilar. "He has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and he's brain damaged."

And, no one knows how much he comprehends.

"Ezequiel has head trauma, so there's no way of telling how much he could progress as he gets older," added Aguilar.

But he does go to weekly physical and occupational therapy appointments and continues to get stronger.

"He tries to put his head up. You put him on his belly, he's learning how to roll over, but he needs help holding his body up in a seated position," Aguilar continued.

Ezequiel needs a dedicated family that will continue to support his development and rejoice in his milestones.

"There's a family out there for every child that we have, and Ezequiel needs a family that is going to open their hearts to him show him the love and the consistent support for his needs. And be there for him for the rest of his life," said Aguilar.

If you are interested in adopting from foster care, or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U to learn more about getting started or go to their website to take that first step and fill out an adoption form.

Additionally, News 8 would like to thank local photographer Shawn Houllis with Lifeshadows Photography for volunteering her time to take the beautiful Heart Gallery images you saw in the video.

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