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Outgoing and silly, with a desire to make others smile and laugh, are some of the first things which come to mind when describing 12-year-old Cynthia. This delightful young lady is ready to join a family where she can belong; and be loved, for a lifetime.
This beautiful girl of African American descent is described by her classroom teacher as being "delightfully sassy." With supports in place, she is doing well in her 6th grade academic year and she enjoys attending school in person four days per week, along with one virtual learning day. Overall healthy, Cynthia does require daily medications due to a seizure disorder. However, her condition is well controlled and does not impact her day to day enjoyment.
Just like any other little girl, Cynthia enjoys doing arts and craft projects and her favorite gift this past holiday season was a bead kit to make a unicorn bracelet. She can concentrate for hours when planning her designs and color schemes. Cynthia loves to watch movies and enjoys dancing around, listening to music and singing aloud. She has a cheerful disposition and has successfully ended clinical services as she is able to express herself and make her needs known in age appropriate ways. She has contact with some biological family members, and these important relationships will need to be sustained as they are a part of her heart.
This precious girl has been in temporary family settings for quite some time and she deserves a family who will offer her the stability and unconditional love only a permanent family can provide. She needs the opportunity to celebrate her childhood, and her family will enjoy watching Cynthia grow into a confident and caring young woman.
For information about Cynthia contact Denise Lopez: Denise.Lopez@ct.gov
This 10-year-old sweet little girl has a bright personality and has been very expressive lately about how important it is for her to be- and feel- part of a family. Aiyanna is a very friendly child who enjoys singing, dancing, gymnastics and cooking; and she longs to share these experiences with a family she can claim as her own.
Overall healthy, Aiyanna has a peanut allergy and is prescribed an epi-pen. Due to trauma she has experienced, she attends clinical support; and this will continue, preferably with a patient and loving family involved, to help her understand her past. A home where she can have her own bedroom will enable Aiyanna to feel safe and respected. She is actively involved in addressing her trauma; and with time and positive supports, there is great potential for Aiyanna to flourish as a resilient and independent young lady.
Supports in her 5th grade classroom have enabled Aiyanna to make great strides in her education. Although still behind on some subjects, she works diligently to overcome any obstacle in her path and her teachers describe her as "a bright, charismatic young lady." When her emotional needs are met, Aiyanna has an easier time attending to her classwork.
Although well loved by her foster mom, Aiyanna is aware this is not where she will grow up and she is wonders who will raise her. She deserves a family who will emotionally commit to her for a lifetime and be by her side as she learns about her past and plans for her future. She is a child who should worry about making friends and having fun; not worrying about whether or not she has a family. She describes herself as "kind, funny and helpful" and she would love to share these traits with a family.
For information about Aiyanna contact Sandra Tapia-Arcos: Sandra.Tapia-Arcos@ct.gov
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Lyliana, who likes to be called "Lyli," is a resilient and independent young lady who aspires to become a lawyer someday. She is on the cusp of adolescence and needs just the right family to provide her with the structure; yet independence, this time of her life requires. She has relationships with some biological family members and has expressed her desire to stay in Connecticut and maintain these connections.
As with most 14-year-olds, Lyli can be somewhat of a puzzle. At some moments she is amazingly self-sufficient and has above-average life skills. She knows how to cook and clean and operate any household appliance. However, in other moments, she craves the one to one attention of adults, and seeks to be nurtured and comforted. Because of past traumatic experiences and a chaotic living environment, Lyli can become anxious when feeling events are out of control and her emotional needs tend to get the best of her. However, with clinical supports in place, she is making great strides in learning better ways to express herself and cope with things which require patience and time. With a family by her side, to support and encourage her, she can relax and allow her sweet and engaging personality shine through.
As she has much to look forward to growing up, Lyli has been making an effort in school and has recently made first honors after the first semester of her freshman year in high school. She would love to enter a school where they offer a cheerleading squad or a volleyball team; two life experiences she wishes to have but her current school does not provide. She can express herself through her art and she enjoys singing.
When describing her ideal family, Lyli first envisions a single mom, or two moms, and she respectfully declines a home where men reside. As a youth who is bi-lingual in both the Spanish and English languages, Lyli would enjoy having a family share her Puerto Rican descent, but this is not mandatory for her.
This young lady deserves a family who will commit to her for a lifetime and walk by her side as she flourishes and becomes the most successful version of herself.
For information about Lilyana contact Jane Pertillar: Jane.Pertillar@ct.gov
A very special family is being sought for a very special little guy! As he is not yet legally free for adoption, 'Jeremy' is not his real name, however, what IS real is his need for a family to call his very own. Jeremy is a sweet little baby of Caucasian descent who just celebrated his first year of life. He was born premature and has proven to be a fighter since the start!
This loveable, happy baby has a smile which lights up the room. He has very fair skin with crystal clear blue eyes. His face is "all cheeks" and his overall demeanor is happy and cuddly. He only cries when overtired and he loves to play with toys; especially those that make noise!! He has two teeth, is a good sleeper who takes about three short naps a day; and sleeps all through the night. He has just started sitting up and he still struggles with mouth-feeding, so his nutrition is provided through a G-Tube. Jeremy exercises during 'tummy time' and enjoys sitting up in his walker so he can be nosey and see all the happenings going on!
With the consistent care and adoration from his foster family, Jeremy is making improvements in all areas, but still has a long way to go. He is involved with in home therapies such as Birth to Three; and they assist in giving him the support he needs to make improvements. He may require surgery in the future due to significant spinal curvature and he is followed closely by a medical team through CCMC due to other medical issues, including having only one kidney. Jeremy's family will need to have a flexible schedule to accommodate his many tests and appointments.
Jeremy is a sweet and lovable little boy who will benefit from a family willing to learn about his unique needs and give him the time and attention he so richly deserves. A family considering Jeremy will be provided a higher level of training and support to help him grow and flourish and his current caregivers will be able to provide a wealth of knowledge to a new family. There is great potential for this little man and his chosen family will benefit from loving this very special boy.
For information about 'Jeremy' contact Denise Lopez: email@example.com
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This curious and active seven-year-old little girl is hoping to find a family with whom she can share her love of gardening and animals. Because she is not legally freed for adoption at this point, Elizabeth is not her real name, however, she is a sweet little girl of Caucasian descent with a round, cherubic face, dark hair and dark eyes.
Playing with her dolls or doing any type of creative drawing activities make Elizabeth happy. She is a typical child who loves to play dress up and have her nails polished. Her chatty nature along with a vivid personality makes her fun to be around. Elizabeth is currently in the 2nd grade, and with supports in school, she has the capacity to do well.
Around the home, Elizabeth like to be a helper. She can be relied upon to dust the furniture and she also enjoys being outside helping with yard work; especially planting flowers. She loves any type of family activity such as going to the library or out to eat.
Because of the chaotic environment in which she had been raised, Elizabeth became anxious as she had no control over what was going on around her. She developed maladaptive coping skills to feel as if she had some control over her environment and clinical supports remain in place to help her learn better ways to express herself. She craves being the sole focus of adults and a family with no other children-or significantly older children- would be the best fit for her. A feeling of safety from a dedicated adult will allow Elizabeth the freedom to feel emotionally relaxed.
A family able to provide Elizabeth with loving consistency, where she can feel a sense of nurturing structure and positive control, will benefit from getting to know this resilient child who has much to look forward to as she grows up.
For information about Elizabeth contact Denise Lopez: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Meet 13-year-old Julie, a beautiful young lady of mixed racial descent who is of African American and Caucasian heritage. As she is not yet legally free for adoption, Julie is not her real name however, what is real, is her need for a family to commit to her for a lifetime.
Swimming and hiking are favorite pastimes for Julie, and she would love an active family who shares some of her interests. She enjoys being around animals and would appreciate having pets in her home. As with most adolescent girls she enjoys watching movies, shopping and dressing up.
Being a typical teenager, Julie craves a family who will take the time to understand her; even when it seems she is uninterested. Due to her trauma history, Julie's ideal family would be one who is stable and patient, willing to accept clinical assistance to understand the impact trauma has on a young lady. A family where she can receive a parents' or older siblings undivided attention would allow her to grow and mature while having positive role models. Internalizing her emotions makes it hard to know what Julie is feeling "in the moment," and with consistency and patience, she has the ability to connect and express herself. For relaxation she enjoys drawing and painting unicorns. Much like any other child, she deserves a loving family who will provide her with unconditional love, support and guidance.
Academics are a strength for Julie. She is an honor student who is intellectually curious and loves a challenge. Writing is something in which she excels and enjoys. Developing positive friendships and social skills at school are areas in which Julie continues to improve. Having been bullied in school, this is taking some time, but her potential is enormous. She has been told that she would make a good attorney or physician one day.
This young lady has enormous potential to grow into a thriving adult. She would love an opportunity to experience new activities and see new places; and longs to have a family by her side, sharing these events.
For information about Julie contact Denise Lopez: email@example.com
Playing on the swings, taking long car rides and jumping on the trampoline are just a few of the things Amari would love to do with a family.
Amari is a sweet 10 year old little boy who has a great attitude and a love of the outdoors. When it is nice outside he enjoys playing in tents; but if it is a rainy day, he is content to be inside, simply watching the rain fall. Amari would do best with an adoptive family, or a visiting resource, who has a lot of patience, an interest in learning sign language and an awareness of caring for children with autism.
Sensing danger is not an ability Amari has, so when he is playing and running outside, he needs a safe environment. Watching for oncoming traffic, helping him to go up and down stairs or recognizing when he places himself in risky situations are particular ways a loving family could assist Amari in having everyday childhood experiences. Some of his excess energy could be spent swinging on a swing, jumping on a trampoline and taking long walks.
Communicating with Amari is completed by the use of picture books (PECS) and using American Sign Language (ASL). He has Cochlear Implants to help with his hearing, but he does not like how they feel, and struggles to use them. Everyday life skills such as dressing himself using buttons and zippers, and manipulating utensils to eat, are all things with which Amari's teachers and support staff assist him, however, he needs to be part of a family where he belongs. He is well loved by the adults in his life who are willing to provide a future family with the extra support, education and training they will need, in order to raise Amari into a healthy and fine young man.
A family who is willing to be strong advocates for Amari and who will continue the positive relationships he has with some biological family members, will be rewarded by caring for this sweet-natured little boy.
For information about Amari contact Denise Lopez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Described as both shy and energetic, 15 year old Jesus is a young man who wants to grow up in a family where he can explore the world around him. This inquisitive young man asks a lot of questions to assure his surroundings are safe and although initially reserved, once he warms up he can be quite engaging. Jesus is a bundle of energy, can be playful, has become more social with others and loves to attempt to do many things at once.
He has a great ability to complete any hands-on task and his skills may someday develop into a career as an architect or video game developer! He has a serious interest in Legos, as he loves to build things with his hands, and can happily spend hours building something. He also thoroughly enjoys the game ‘Minecraft’ because he gets to design his own world and what takes place within. Jesus loves animals and caring for them gives him a sense of responsibility, while also calming him when he needs a break. Although he will participate in activities at his pace and interest, Jesus is not a fan of competitive sports.
Because of negative experiences he has endured in life, Jesus has a difficult time talking about his feelings and emotions. He will often “shut down” and ignore questions; but having something to “fidget” with in his hands while he talks is helpful to him. His inability to stay focused has caused some struggles both in and out of school as he can be intrusive within his surroundings and other people’s possessions. If he becomes frustrated or upset, he has trouble following multiple step directions. He works hard with clinical help to make improvements and address some past trauma. Educational and clinical supports within school are helpful for Jesus as he navigates his high school years.
If one thing is for certain, it is Jesus’ desire to have a family by his side. His life experiences have resulted in some challenging behaviors, however, with the right family supporting him, he has great potential to continue to grow into a successful young adult.
For information about Jesus contact: Stephanie Frascadore Stephanie.Frascadore@klingberg.com
Although legally blind and non-verbal, Taina will attempt to make eye contact in order to connect with whomever is speaking to her. She will make sounds and utterances to make her needs known and once you get to know her, it easy to understand the emotions she wants to express.
She loves to receive affectionate touch by the stroke of her head or the holding of her hand. She is content being near windows and lights; and her smile is as bright and warm as the sun.
Squealing with delight when she hears pop music, having books read to her and playing with toys which have music and lights are just a few of the activities 16 year old Taina enjoys. This precious girl is described as "a joy" by her caregivers in the medical group home where she lives, however, she is ready for discharge and needs a family!
Taina was born with a chromosome disorder which has resulted in life-long medical, physical and developmental challenges. She receives numerous supportive services and relies on a wheelchair for mobility. She spends time each week in her stander, a swing and a scooter seat to help her build muscles and increase mobility.
This beautiful young lady needs a family willing to learn about her challenges and work alongside her medical team to help her stretch her muscles, feed her through her G-Tube and assure all of her needs are met. More importantly, however, she simply needs a family….people to welcome her home and be there to celebrate her physical and developmental progress, watch "Frozen" with her and read storybooks to her.
Parenting Taina will no-doubt bring both challenges and joy; however, she is deserving of an environment only found outside the walls of a hospital or a group home setting. She deserves to live with a loving and supportive family where she can experience a sense of belonging for her lifetime.
For information about Taina contact: Adam Liebowitz 860-550-6410 or email@example.com
As a very active 15 year old boy, Damani enjoys playing basketball, riding his bike, dancing and swimming. He is a handsome young man of African American descent with a bright smile and big brown eyes which are always looking toward growing up and being a member of a family.
As a typical adolescent, Damani will spend his time listening to music and spending individual time with his mentor doing fun things. He attends church every Sunday where he enjoys participating in the church programs and hanging out having dinner, or going out to the movies, are activities Damani wishes to share with a family where he can be the youngest; or only, child. A two parent household, or a single dad, would be the ideal match for Damani.
Given his trauma history as a child, this young man has difficulty trusting people when he first meets them. He can appear shy and does not make eye contact. However, when he becomes comfortable with a person, he becomes much more relaxed and engaged in conversation and lets his true personality come forward. He has been learning to control his emotions and social anxieties by using his coping skills, and with positive reinforcement and encouragement he continues to make improvements.
Now that he nears the end of his 7th grade school year, Damani’s teachers and support staff state he is a leader and role model to other students and he is generally happy at school. He can have both good and bad days however, he often has a very positive attitude. The school has noted his intellectual disabilities affect his overall ability to retain or process information, yet with support, encouragement, and frequent reminders he continues to make improvements. He specifically enjoys math, has excellent money skills and works hard in class.
Socially, Damani works hard on ignoring and not engaging in matters which do not involve him and he also works on taking responsibility for his actions. He possesses some basic life skills such as cleaning and organizing his bedroom, doing his own laundry and taking out the trash and with reminders or reinforcement, he has the capability to make progress.
Belonging to a family who will love him unconditionally and will not give up on him despite his some of his challenges is a lifelong dream for Damani. He deserves a loving family by his side.
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This precious little man turned seven in July; and he is in need of an adoptive family who will help him celebrate! Jay’Vion is a handsome and sweet boy who is of African American and Hispanic descent. Although he is just a little guy, he has some big feelings for which he needs the right family to help him sort them out.
Although he can be a very endearing and loving child, due to trauma he has endured as well as multiple moves within the foster care system, Jay’Vion struggles in identifying his feelings and expressing his emotions in a healthy way. He can be physically aggressive and impulsive; so a patient and consistent parenting style would best suit his needs. Transitions are hard for him so he works well with a predictable routine. Clinical supports, along with a mentor, are just some of the resources Jay’Vion has to help him navigate the world around him. When calm, he understands right from wrong and good versus misbehavior. His little body tries to make good decisions and when he has really good days, he knows it, and is happy.
Jay’Vion has a great imagination and loves to use his creativity while he plays with his toys. He loves to be inside watching ‘PJ Masks’ just as much as he likes to be outside playing and expending some energy! He is a kindergarten student who receives supports in school to help him reach his fullest potential. Close family-school communication is important in fostering seamless transitions as well as to provide consistent expectations for him.
Jay’Vion needs a very special family who is willing to learn how to best parent him and help him overcome some emotional obstacles. He has had a pretty rough start but with the right family by his side, he has great potential for his future.
For information about Jay’Vion contact: Sandra Tapia-Arcos at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Wilfredo, an amazingly resilient young man of 16 years who is an insightful and curious person with a kind heart and a strong work ethic. While he has a strong technical mind, he has recently thought about changing his long term goal of being an IT specialist to becoming an actor and going into show business. He is still interest in doing IT, but only part-time. He has also considered becoming a barber part-time until his acting job takes off. He is a young man who has his sights set on a successful future!
When describing a family, some things of interest to Wilfredo would be for him to be a part of a sibling set. Having older and younger brothers would be great fun for him. Wilfredo has a great sense of humor and would love for his family to share this trait with him. He longs to feel safe in his community and does not wish to be placed in an inner-city environment. This affirming and accepting young man is open to families of all ethnicities, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. He does not want to be forced to have to go to church, but is respectful of this desire for others. He is willing to live in any state, and of course would love a home where there is “a man cave!”
As when parenting any adolescent on the brink of young adulthood, Wilfredo needs a family who will provide consistency and structure while also allowing him the general freedom he requires to become a successful young man. He needs fair and honest consequences, as well as appropriate adult role modeling, to help him overcome challenging behaviors or moments of frustration. He is innovative and resourceful and has the ability to understand that rules and boundaries are in place to keep him safe.
Maintaining contact with his biological sister is crucially important to Wilfredo and will need to be supported by his family. He has lost connections with many of his other family members and he sometimes prefers solitude, rather than talking, to deal with his feelings. Once he has received some space, he is able to talk and can glean insight into his emotions and feelings.
Wilfredo has matured a lot over the years and of the utmost importance to him is having the chance to show the world the amazing young adult he is truly capable of becoming.
For information about Wilfredo contact: Alexandria Ingleton email@example.com
This amazingly resilient and friendly young lady states her ideal family is “one who loves the Lord and cares about all people.” 16 year old Margie loves gospel music and attends church weekly as a devout Christian. She has strong ties to her Church family, as well as some biological relatives, and maintaining these relationships after adoption will be vitally important for her. She loves to be the center of attention and would thrive with older siblings who will provide her with love and affection.
A teen with endless energy; who is sociable, talkative and engaging, are just a few ways to describe Margie. Despite the emotional losses she has experienced, as well as the many significant medical challenges she currently endures, Margie’s resiliency shines through her personality.
Developmentally, Margie presents at a nine year old’s level as she is diagnosed with multiple disabilities including Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. She requires the use of a wheelchair, however, she can walk using a walker with supports and takes pride in being independent when making her bed, doing her laundry and practicing self-care. While many of her medical issues are manageable, Margie still requires a caring and patient family willing to attend her frequent doctor follow-up visits. She will only continue to thrive with a supportive family by her side to cheer her on and help her continue to grow her independence.
When frustrated, Margie continues to need help learning ways to express her emotions in a healthy and safe manner. She is content to be around people, has a love for stuffed animals and engaging in visual activities.
Margie longs to share her infectious smile with a family able to provide her with the love and affection she so deserves.
For information about Margie contact: Stephanie Frascadore Stephanie.Frascadore@klingberg.com
This 12-year-old young man could potentially become a great architect someday! Eddy loves to do puzzles; build creations out of Legos and folding paper airplanes. As with most young boys, he loves to be outside riding his bike and being physically active. He can be sociable; enjoying one to one time with others or go off on his own and play independently. He has demonstrated an ability to develop positive attachments with consistent adults in his life. He often wants to share with others and shows compassion, however due to his history of adverse life experiences, at times his behaviors get the best of him and they can pose a challenge to those with whom he resides.
In his own words, Eddy says "I love riding bikes, I'm good at Math, and I like to play chutes and ladders. I also like to eat at McDonald's and go to the park." Because of some life circumstances which have had a negative impact on Eddy, we are seeking an adoptive family who has had experience working with children who have endured trauma. Eddy is a sweet and engaging child who struggles with managing all of the big emotions surrounding his young life; and he craves and deserves a secure and loving family where he can believe in his future. Eddy continues to grieve the loss of his mother, who passed a few months before he entered DCF care.
Eddy has had a special love for dogs, which provide him comfort and have been especially useful to him in his therapy. He stated "I want a mom and dad, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and a dog. I want a big family so that I won't ever be lonely."
Eddy is a middle school student but is behind academically and receives special education supports. He continually works on reducing his negative behaviors in school and has been able to ask to take some space, fix his mistakes and identify his emotions leading up to behaviors.
A transition period, on-going clinical supports, and wrap around services for both Eddy and his family will help blend the family unit. This smart, affectionate and deserving little boy needs a family by his side to help him stabilize and grow. He eagerly awaits the opportunity to build a relationship with a family with whom he can develop security and belonging; and where he can grow into a healthy and happy young adult.
For information about Eddy contact: Claribel.Ferreira@Klingberg.com
This very special nine year old little boy is in need of a family who will love him unconditionally while attending to his special needs. A one or two parent family versed in the needs of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, will be rewarded by Teagan’s sweet smile and happy disposition. Although he has some very specific and unique challenges, with the right family, he can thrive and blossom.
Described as a daytime “rabbit,” Teagan is an energetic little guy who has a hard time sitting still. He likes to be active and can be impulsive, so holding his hands and keeping him close allow him to engage with the world around him in a safe manner. Even though he is non-verbal, Teagan can communicate with sign language and can make his needs known by using some sound vocalizations. Engaging in face-to-face communication enables him, and his caregivers, to have successful interaction. Teagan understands what is being said to him and he enjoys watching TV and smiling and moving to the sound of music.
In time, Teagan may have the opportunity to engage in activities such as riding a bike, playing with age appropriate toys and independently playing outside. However, for the time being, Teagan’s inability to assess safety requires constant supervision and attention. He responds well to consistency and nurturance and his behaviors are not an intentional means to disobey, rather, a consequence of his cognitive limitations.
While receiving educational and clinical supports, Teagan will be transitioning to a therapeutic school where his education will be enriched and his social development enhanced. He tends to struggle with paying attention and understanding certain concepts, but he enjoys the interactions with his teachers and friends. Teagan has special transportation accommodations to keep him safe while riding on the bus.
Therapeutic connections will remain in place to help Teagan and his family with a successful transition; and working collaboratively with helping professionals will be crucial to a family’s success. Although parenting him may present with some challenges, the rewards of seeing Teagan progress and thrive into the special young man he will become, are many.
For information about Teagan contact Nickisha Newell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian is a lovable and caring 14 year old boy who would like nothing more than to be part of a family. Despite the significant trauma and tragedies he has experienced in his short life, he is still willing to open his heart to others. He is eager to join a family who will love him unconditionally and one whom will accept a higher level of training to help him continue on his path to becoming a successful young man.
Christian is friendly and engages with adults and friends easily. He is described as being helpful and he enjoys playing the piano, video games and being active outside. He has a good sense of humor, enjoys sarcasm and likes to laugh. Christian is curious and enjoys “tinkering” with electronics, taking things apart to see how they work. He enjoys building and fixing things.
Due to events in his life, which have been beyond his control, Christian needs a family with dual parents and no other children; or significantly older siblings who could be positive role models for him. At times, Christian struggles with understanding his past, which prevents him from having insight into how best to manage his negative behaviors. Therapeutic supports will remain in place to help him and his family with a successful transition.
With educational and clinical supports in place in school, Christian has now entered the 7th grade. He attends an alternative educational setting where he is an average student. He tends to struggle with completing homework and staying on task, but he works hard when he feels supported; and has also enjoyed attending a therapeutic after school & summer camp.
Although Christian has faced many challenges, there is much hope for his future. He needs a family who can walk beside him and help him maintain that hope through his lifetime journey. Working collaboratively with helping professionals will be crucial to a family’s success, and will entail much time on the part of caregivers. Christian asks an adoptive family be found for him, and he yearns for the unconditional love only a family can provide.
For information about Christian contact: Adam Liebowitz 860-550-6410 or email@example.com
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This friendly 17-year-old young man has an amazingly resilient personality and is looking forward to sharing his sense of humor and love of adventure with a family. He is described as very reserved, yet curious and creative adolescent who is also very resourceful.
As with most young men his age, Luis loves being outside and has taken an interest in fishing and in BMX. He likes building things with his hands and also enjoys playing pool.
Because Luis has many strong biological family connections, which are crucially important to him, he needs a family who will respect and honor these relationships. Due to experiences from his past, Luis builds his trust with people slowly. A family will need to be patient and allow him the space he requires to feel comfortable and secure; and must assuredly need to be straightforward and honest with him.
Being actively engaged with clinical supports has helped Luis make tremendous progress in understanding his life situation and increasing efforts to improve himself. He is highly motivated to continue on his path of better controlling his impulses, following directions and creating safe and meaningful relationships. Although at times he may have a verbal outburst of frustration or anger, he has been diligently trying to learn ways to process a conflict, or seek a positive resolution, rather than shutting down or overacting.
Academics are an occasional struggle for Luis, however, supports within his school and from his family will help him achieve his goals. When focused, he is a hard worker who is well organized and completes his work.
This young man wants to belong to a family through adoption. He is open to any parent who will support him and make him feel safe in the knowledge they are
For information about Luis contact: Alexandria Ingleton firstname.lastname@example.org
This 17-year-old young lady has aspirations to grow up to be a defense attorney and she would love to have a family by her side while she grows and matures into young adulthood. Misaelyz, or Missy as she is affectionately known, can understand some Spanish but English is her primary language.
Because she has been disappointed by some adults in her life, Missy has experienced intense feelings of sadness and abandonment. She works very hard in her clinical setting to face some of her past trauma and she deserves a patient and understanding family who will support her has she overcomes her emotional challenges. Missy longs for a family to stick with her while she works on understanding her life and learns positive ways to think and react to her surroundings. Although she can appear reluctant at first, Missy quickly warms up when she can trust the other person will be non-judgmental and kind. Receiving social supports in school have helped Missy succeed in high school and she is due to graduate in November 2020!
When thinking about the family she’d like to join, Missy expresses she would love to be the oldest child parented by two loving and caring parents. She loves pets and would be happy living in the suburbs; away from the city. Missy enjoys writing poetry and journaling and like many girls her age, she is interested in fashion and shopping.
This sweet young lady deserves a very specific family who will allow her the time she needs to heal from her past emotional pain while helping her become a vital member within the family unit. If guided with strong, committed supports, and a family who will stick with her no matter what, Missy has the potential to have a bright future.
For information about Missy contact: Alexandria Ingleton email@example.com
Taking long walks, running, playing with toys which have sound or music and staying physically active are some of the things 13 year old Christopher; or Ghabil as he is known, would like to share with a family. Patient parents with a willingness to learn about autism will be the best match for him.
Although he is non-verbal, Ghabil’s strengths lie in his ability to use sign language to communicate. In addition to sign language, he also understands Spanish and English. He has some language skills to include words such as “hi, ball, water” and “blue” and he continues to work with his providers to increase his ability to mimic words and express his needs. He loves to have books read to him where he can follow along and point to pictures in the story. A clinical, year-round educational setting helps Ghabil make progress in his school work as well as socialization. His teachers and support staff all truly love him and reflect he has great potential if he joins ‘just the right’ family.
Going out in the community to visit places such as the park or shopping malls; as well as going to the movies, are other activities Ghabil enjoys. His specialized needs require 100% supervision at all times. His family will learn ways to help him with transition to reduce his anxiety while also educating them in regard to how to respond to possible behavioral outbursts. With assistance, Ghabil has been learning how to accomplish daily self-care skills such as washing his hands and eating independently.
Careful consideration needs to be made when sharing new experiences with Ghabil. Due to a significant sensory sensitivity, at times it may be difficult to predict how he will react to his surroundings. New or unknown opportunities may find him curious to explore, or they could increase his anxiety, rendering him likely to become stressed and engage in negative behaviors. Proactive techniques such as a structured daily schedule with built-in breaks, as well as positive reinforcement when he completes an activity, allow Ghabil to be successful and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Parenting Ghabil will bring both challenges and joys and ongoing contact with his biological grandmother will bring him happiness. His family will receive extra training and in-home supports to make family life successful, but having innate characteristics such as being calm, patient and organized will be key to a successful match for him.
For information about Ghabil contact: William Larson William.firstname.lastname@example.org
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