Mickee is a very cute boy, with a dynamite smile and great laugh. Although not usually demonstrative, he often gives his caregivers hugs. Mickee tends to enjoy being around adults more than children. He is very connected to his foster mom and really likes playing with his foster dad. Some of Mickee’s favorite activities are watching cartoons and playing on his tablet. While most toys don’t engage his interest, he likes remote control toy cars.
While Mickee is in a specialized class at school, he is doing well in his school work. He has delays which interfere with his social, emotional, adaptive behavior, communication, and cognitive competence. Mickee does best when he has highly structured, consistent environments at home and at school and caregivers and teachers who speak in simple, concrete words and give one-step instructions.
Fortunately, there are various child and family resources to assist Mickee’s family in parenting and teaching him. Mickee’s social worker will be happy to help Mickee’s family identify such educational and developmental resources in their community. Currently, Mickee is benefiting from his participation in speech and occupational therapies, as well as his specialized educational program.
Mickee can sometimes have difficulty making eye contact which can make it hard to pick up on social cues. There can be a lack of reciprocity, and preference for parallel or independent play instead of engaging with other kids. Mickee has difficulty with transitions and long car trips too are challenging for him as well. But having an attentive, caring adult nearby helps to keep him on track.
Mickee’s social worker especially wants to talk with couples and single moms and dads who want to be his growing up family and who can provide the opportunities to help him reach his full potential. An especially good fit would be parent(s) who are knowledgeable about special educational resources. His care team is looking for a family with the willingness to reach out to Mickee with patience, kindness, and love.
To learn more about Mickee, watch his video clip.
Seth is a talkative, friendly and energetic teen. He has a great sense of humor and enjoys chatting with adults. He likes to play video games and read. But he’s also a sports guy, who enjoys playing football and basketball. An outdoorsman, Seth loves getting outside to fish and having the opportunity to spend time around horses.
At school, his teachers report that Seth is engaged in class and interested in learning. Seth says he enjoys school and is getting mostly A’s. While social interactions in the classroom can be difficult for him, he is able to deal with disappointment and frustration well. Along with regular classes, Seth has participated in social skills training. His favorite class, though, is PE, especially when it involved an archery unit!
Seth is participating in therapeutic services to develop strategies to help him learn coping skills, in dealing with feelings of stress and frustration. Seth needs support, too, in addressing his receptive-expressive language and articulation issues.
Seth was born with a heart defect and continues to have regular appointments with a cardiologist. He also has some food restrictions and is not able to have caffeine or chocolate. Seth’s social worker would like to hear from couples and single parents who truly enjoy young teenagers, and who will support Seth’s ongoing therapeutic needs. Having a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies, and positive parenting skills, will help Seth settle into his new family and home.
To learn more about Seth, watch his video clip.
Scott is a joy! Once you have met him, you will not forget his kindhearted, funny and energetic personality. Loving and helpful, Scott thrives in the care of attentive, nurturing adults. Having encouragement, rewards and a very consistent routine helps him stay on track. As a sports fanatic, one of Scott’s favorite rewards for good behavior is earning sports jerseys or baseball caps of his favorite teams. Another favorite reward is having the opportunity to ride one of the various bus routes within his community. Scott enjoys riding buses so much, he has actually memorized all of his local routes. He also knows all of the connections to get to Seattle or Olympia!
To learn more about Scott, watch his video clip.
Scott loves being in the midst of things and is an enthusiastic participant in family, community, and school activities and outings. He especially loves outdoor activities. Scott has fun participating at the local Boys and Girls club and his youth group at church. He's a long-time participant in the Special Olympics and also has lots of fun playing sports in the community. Basketball is his all-time favorite sport, but he enjoys soccer, flag football, bowling and swimming. He even played volleyball for his middle school last year.
Scott has benefited from the stability of being in the same foster home for the last five years. He is currently placed with two other children in the home which is parented by his single foster father. His foster dad recognizes that Scott is not a kid who can just sit at home. His teachers, who ALL absolutely adore Scott, work especially well with him, too. The result is that Scott is doing really well on the home front and wants to go to school.
Although Scott has a form of the genetic disorder called DiGeorge syndrome, he is one of the lucky ones whose symptoms are not as severe as others. Scott’s primary physician and his cardiologist are delighted that Scott is physically healthy with no current major medical needs. Some of the residual effects of the DGS do include learning difficulties and delays.
Scott’s social worker would like to hear from active, energetic families who will lovingly provide the structure he needs to help him do well and feel secure. Scott could be an only child or have a few siblings. During his adoption transition, his adoptive parents will have the opportunity to show Scott how supportive they are by allowing him the time he needs to make a successful transition into his new home. It may be important for Scott to continue to have contact with his current foster father. It will also be important for him to see that his parents also value the folks who have been such a wonderful, stabilizing force for him. In the right home, Scott will thrive.
Sean is a friendly 11-year-old boy of African-American heritage with a great smile.
Sean received limited prenatal care and was born with initial heart and lung problems.
Cognitively and behaviorally, he functions at the age of about 2 or 3. His speech
is difficult to understand, although he is receiving speech therapy. Sean is in
Sean can be very sweet and engaging. He is eager to please and is able to entertain
himself for periods of time. He enjoys playing with building blocks, Hot Wheels
and Play-Doh. He also enjoys playing outside. Sean loves horses and stuffed animals.
His favorite movie is The Lion King, and he’s fascinated with Africa
and all things related to African people and culture. Sean also likes pizza and
Sean would benefit from an adoptive family where he is the youngest child, ideally
one with experience in parenting children with special needs. His family will need
to have strong advocacy skills and be comfortable working within multiple systems,
such as special education, medical and mental health services. They also should
have a consistent and stable home environment with minimal transitions.
To learn more about Sean, watch his video clip.
If you meet Shymaar, you’ll not only find her to be polite and articulate,
but also thoughtful, engaging and creative. Her sense of humor and genuine interest
in connecting and caring for others shine through in all she does. This 14-year-old
welcomes activities of all kinds … and she enjoys them. Reading, drawing,
writing, shopping, swimming, cooking, being outside, playing trumpet and listening
to music are just some of the things in her repertoire. While Shymaar has experienced
a lot of ups and downs, she is in a good place right now and has experienced a lot
of growth in the way she expresses herself.
Shymaar needs a parent or parents who are ready to support all expressions of her
identity and who can provide firm boundaries and clear and fair consequences. A
family who brings a good sense of humor in addition to being able to respond calmly,
with respect and with willingness to compromise is important to Shymaar.
In addition to her other activities, Shymaar loves animals, family outings, watching
movies, and spending time on the computer. She wants nothing more than to belong
to a family. This bright young teen is looking for a parent or parents who look
forward to talking about events of the day or things in the past and who want spend
time lots of family time together.
Tre-Lyn is an adorable little boy with a sweet, engaging smile. He enjoys interacting with his caregivers and support team, and loves being around other children. While Tre-Lyn is nonverbal, he makes different sounds to connect with others. He loves to be cuddled and is very responsive to his foster mom. Familiar sounds, like the voices of his favorite people and fun music, bring him a lot of joy.
Tre-Lyn’s vision is impaired and he sees mostly shapes and outlines. Fortunately, his hearing is very good. At this time, he does not walk, but his support team thinks he is close to crawling. Tre-lyn’s team of providers is delighted with the substantial progress that has been achieved in addressing and managing his multi-layered medical and developmental issues.
A daily routine seems to meet Tre-Lyn’s needs nicely. He loves attention, especially gentle tickling. Bath time is a favorite part of his day. He now has a bathing chair, which makes bathing him and washing his hair easier and more comfortable for him. Tre-lyn continues to be fed through a tube.
Tre-lyn is transported by bus to and from his school. Due to his vision and lack of mobility, last year physical therapy was the bulk of his school program. This year, Tre-Lyn is in a 1st grade program where the goals are to promote his growth and development in adaptive functioning, social/emotional skills, cognition, gross and fine motor skills, and communication. He goes to school 6 hours a day.
Tre-lyn’s social worker is open to families that have a strong support system of family and friends. Parents need to be experienced with special needs and live near a hospital. While some medical background would be a plus, couples and single parents who do not have such experience will be trained in meeting Tre-lyn’s daily routine and handling any emergency that may occur. It will be very important for Tre-lyn’s parent(s) to be able to work in concert with his treatment team, to schedule appointments with his various treatment team members, and to see that he is at each appointment.
To learn more about Tre-lyn, watch his video clip.
Tre'Vell is a force of nature! He's enthusiastic and positive, active and
motivated! He's currently keeping busy playing high school football, learning the
trumpet, singing, dancing, and enjoying technology. He’s ready to take on
the world and encounter lots of new experiences.
Tre’Vell has hearing difficulties and is fluent in ASL and an excellent lip
reader. He has a hearing aid for his right ear and has had cochlear implant surgery
on his left ear.
When he entered foster care in 2007, Tre'Vell appeared to have had none of the childhood
experiences that promote emotional and behavioral growth and a healthy sense of
self-esteem and well-being. Since then, he has come such a long way! It will
be important for his adoptive folks to have a good grasp of how chronic early neglect
can impact a child’s overall development. He continues to have the supports
he needs to move forward, and is excelling in school. Tre’Vell is most responsive
to parental figures who are nurturing and provide clear expectations and limits.
He feels safer and more secure (and is able to respect the adults parenting him)
when he knows that they are on top of things.
Tre’Vell is genuinely excited about being adopted and very open to the possibilities.
He will be counting on his adoptive parent(s) to help him maintain contact with
his grandparents and with his three younger siblings. Couples or parents with a
good support systems of family and friends and access to educational and social
resources for teens would be great for Tre’Vell. He is anxious to share his
optimism, creativity and enthusiasm with his new family.
To learn more about Tre'Vell, watch his video clip.
Venjamin is an adorable boy who has touched the hearts of caregivers, teachers and his treatment team of specialists. These supportive folks are helping Venjamin develop skills to help manage his special needs, which are due to autism. A very consistent daily routine and gluten-free diet are the basic and crucial components in helping Venjamin have a successful day. He also participates in several different therapies to help him learn basic life skills. His foster mom says that Venjamin is a sweet boy who deserves the best out of life from caring, committed parent(s) who will see that he has the services and resources to help him reach his full potential.
Venjamin loves to watch PBS educational shows, play in a fenced yard or playground, and color. Venjamin is most content when playing by himself. A favorite pastime is manipulating small objects, such as his small toy cars. While he does not play with other children, for the most part, he tolerates their presence. He does need to have a caring adult nearby to help him get back on track, when he gets stressed or frustrated. Venjamin, who is extremely observant and outgoing, does very well with redirection and praise.
During the school year, Venjamin attends a self-contained special education program. His IEP provides occupational therapy, physical therapy for motor skills, communication therapy for sign language, and special supports in adaptive, behavioral, basic living and social skills. Venjamin is able to understand and use a little sign language. He is working on his speech, which is difficult to understand. Venjamin currently qualifies for 27 hours of monthly case aid assistance through the DDA.
Venjamin’s social worker wants to talk with all families, single parents and couples, who have the experience and skills to meet his needs, and who live in a community with the appropriate educational and developmental resources nearby. He needs a family that can provide lots of love, one-on-one attention and support for his special needs as he grows and into adulthood.
To learn more about Venjamin, watch his video clip.