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Aden is a very smart young man with a great sense of curiosity about the world around him. He loves throwing a football, shooting hoops, swimming, riding his bike, and just generally being active with other kids and caring adults.
While he may appear a bit cautious about joining in activities at first, once he gets going, Aden is lots of fun. He loves having opportunities for new experiences and to learn new skills. Aden especially likes environments such as the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club, where he can try different activities. He also enjoys church and church-related events with peers.
Aden is also a fan of video games, watching TV and movies, listening to music, and playing with Magic or Pokeman cards. Animals make Aden happy too. He is hoping to volunteer at an animal shelter and especially enjoys being around cats and dogs.
Aden does well when he knows he has a team of people working with him to be successful. At school and at home, Aden benefits from a very consistent daily routine with clear rules and expectations. He has made great strides in his counseling program where he is focused on increasing his ability to cope with feelings and frustration in positive ways. Aden longs to have permanency in a family that can provide the parental time and attention that helps him feel good about himself and helps him be successful. Aden would especially like to have a dad or father figure and the comfort of a nurturing mom.
To learn more about Aden, watch his video clip.
Antonio is well-mannered and friendly! Upon meeting him, you might notice how polite he is – shaking hands and frequently responding to questions with "yes, ma'am" and "no, ma'am." Antonio enjoys one-on-one attention from his caregivers. He also likes to help out at home, with chores like vacuuming, feeding the fish, and taking out the garbage. Antonio’s favorite pastimes are going on outings, painting, watching TV, shooting hoops, and playing video games on his DS.
Music is important to Antonio and he has some musical aptitude! Adults have noticed he seems to have a gift for playing by ear, so Antonio has just started taking piano lessons. He also likes singing along with the radio, is great at remembering lyrics, and he is a big fan of karaoke.
Antonio recently began a new school program that is proving to be a great fit! In general, Antonio does much better in a calm environment that is relatively quiet and not overly stimulating. His new school program supports this. Currently in 4th grade, Antonio likes math, reading and writing. In addition to the more controlled environment, Antonio has an IEP that targets some challenges with verbalizing his ideas and feelings, and processing information. He will need a family who is ready to be an active academic advocate!
A family who can maintain a relaxed, laid-back environment, and provide Antonio with calming strategies when he feels upset, would be ideal. One way to help Antonio is to provide with him lots of one-on-one time; this tends to help calm him when he feels anxiety and over-stimulation.
Antonio says that he would love to have a TV, a treasure box to keep his stuff, and his own bedroom. His feelings about whether he wants siblings tend to change. Antonio would do well in a two-parent home, or with a single parent with strong parenting skills and a good support network. It will be important for Antonio’s family to honor and maintain his connection with his brother.
To learn more about Antonio, watch his video clip.
Aquil is a boy with many strengths and talents. He is an amazing student who loves school and gets very good grades. A skilled reader, Aquil loves both fiction and non-fiction and enjoys sharing books with others. He also enjoys playing with toy robots and things that are superhero related, and he’s a pretty accomplished chess player.
Aquil is in 8th grade, and his intelligence and terrific memory are serving him well. As part of the school band, he is learning to play the clarinet. Aquil also enjoys after-school activities. He loves being physically active, especially when it comes to riding his bike and running. Sports are important to Aquil, and he enjoys track, wrestling, basketball, and soccer. Aquil is also an enthusiastic participant in male mentoring groups and loves the time and attention he receives from his mentors and the group as a whole.
A helpful guy, Aquil routinely pitches in at home with chores, such as dishes, folding laundry, and keeping the bathroom clean. His caregiver appreciates how helpful and caring he is around younger children.
With the help of counseling, Aquil has made real progress with managing behavior, attention issues, and restless energy. It will be important for his adoptive parents to help him continue counseling, so he can move forward emotionally and behaviorally. Aquil may also want to participate in family counseling to help him have an especially positive transition into a new home.
Structure is huge for Aquil! He thrives on order and routine and providing a consistent daily plan, with clear expectations, helps him feel secure. Parents (s) who have lots of patience will be especially helpful to Aquil as he learns new ways to express his feelings. Aquil’s caseworker is looking for a family with a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies, that would love to have a boy with his many strengths and talents. Aquil will be counting on his adoptive family to help him stay connected to his brother. His caseworker would like to hear from families located in Washington state.
To learn more about Aquil, watch his video clip.
Cameron is an amazingly sweet little fighter! He was born with significant medical
complications. In spite of all his many health conditions, he has defied expectations,
not just by living but by thriving and making developmental gains. He is able to
roll over, manipulate objects, vocalize and sit up with assistance, and is learning
to push up to standing. He can also hold up his head and is gaining neck strength.
He receives physical and occupational therapy weekly to improve his muscle
strength and coordination. Cameron also receives vision therapy. He
is followed by a multitude of specialists to improve his hearing, vision, nutritional
needs, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system and cognitive development.
Nursing staff provide Cameron with physical cues when transitioning activities.
So he is also beginning to anticipate events (such as bath time, when a sponge is
placed in his hand). And he will kick his feet when excited!
Although he is non-verbal, Cameron babbles and sings. He loves music, being sung
to, thrives with physical touch and loves to play. Cameron's nurses report he's
a "joy" and that everyone "falls in love" with him. He is patient and works
hard in all his therapies and is generally a “happy boy”. He has a very
gentle demeanor and craves affection.
An ideal family for Cameron would include a stay at home parent that can give him
the one-on-one attention he craves. His family will need to be comfortable with
having nursing care in the home. Cameron enjoys sights and sounds of other children
and would do well with a family with other kids.
Having some type of medical knowledge and experience would be beneficial for his
Cameron’s family, but it is not a deal breaker. A family that is willing to
learn how to care for him would be considered. His family will need to live near
a hospital. Cameron is a miracle baby and is the epitome of resilience!
To learn more about Cameron,
watch his A Family for Me video clip.
Colen is a cute little boy who is quick to laugh and smile! He also has a lively sense of curiosity about how things work, and he loves to build things. He's a little guy who enjoys playing with hot wheels and action figures, and would love to learn how to swim!
A boy that is open to giving and seeking affection, Colen misses his favorite people when they leave. He is good about expressing how he feels and what he wants. It can be a lengthy process, but it's important for him to feel heard.
Colen's family will need strong advocacy skills to help coordinate with a team of therapists and educators. It will be essential to have all of the treatment team members on the same page, so that Colen has a highly consistent daily routine. Having a strong repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies, as well as positive parenting skills, will be a big help. A family open to growing their parenting strategies, as more is learned about Colen, will be important as well.
Couples (two moms, two dads or a mom-and-dad) as well as interested single parents who have an especially good understanding of how a child’s early environment can impact his sense of well-being, safety and overall development could be an especially good fit for Colen. Lots of one-on-one time and attention will be important, as will patience, calmness, and the ability to see success in small forward steps. It will also be beneficial for his family to have a very strong and committed support system of family, friends, and community resources readily available. Colen is a unique boy who needs an equally amazing family.
To learn more about Colen, watch his video clip.