Daniel loves electronics! One of his all-time favorite outings is going to Fred
Meyer and hanging out in the Electronics Department, which gives him a chance to
explore! He quickly figures things out and displays a natural brilliance with technology.
Daniel’s case manager describes him enthusiastically as an “amazing,
amazing little boy!”
An active child, Daniel enjoys climbing trees and riding his bike outdoors as well
as playing math-related games, board games and Minecraft indoors. He also likes
to create and build with Legos. And when it comes to puzzles, the more pieces the
better! Daniel is also a fan of playing soccer, basketball, and a few other team
sports. Extremely bright and inquisitive, Daniel has a lively sense of curiosity
and is a good reader.
A family that has a good understanding of how to support children with attention
challenges and who have lots of energy (and sometimes an impulsive spirit) would
be the best fit for Daniel. His case worker says parents who are not prone to an
authoritative parenting style (and have the time to attentively sit down and rationally
explain situations and responses) would be ideal. When Daniel understands directions,
he follows them impeccably. Parenting this sensitive, but impassioned young man
involves a lot of time and attentive effort, so it’s important that parent(s)
have strong outlets to relax and rejuvenate.
Daniel does best in a small classroom with lots of supervision and coaching. He
will continue to benefit from support academically and help with developing his
social skills even more, while he also works on how to best respond to new situations.
Lately, Daniel has really come out of his shell, laughing more and joking around!
He enjoys making new friends, connecting with people, and sharing. Daniel’s
case worker hopes to hear from warm, nurturing couples who have the desire to make
a real difference in the life of a boy who longs to have a family that will stick
by his side.
To learn more about Daniel, watch his video clip.
Delontea is a smart, curious, and loving boy. He thrives with consistent 1:1 attention, structure, predictability, and a stable daily routine. A lively conversationalist, Delontea asks really great questions and he has two main passions: animals and Michael Jackson! He is the master of Michael Jackson trivia and knows every one of his songs!
Delontea’s love of animals mirrors his love of music. Dogs bring out Delontea’s softer side and he would love to have one of his own. An avid Seahawks fan, this teen also enjoys Pokemon, video games, taking naps, and eating both sushi and McDonalds. Delontea wants to learn to drive and aspires one day to travel to Japan. Although achieving independence is his goal over the next three to four years, he clearly wants a forever family that will accept him as one of their own and always be there for him. When asked what he wants in a forever family, he said “a nice family that treats me like their own kid.”
This fall, Delontea transitioned to a new high school where he is doing very well. He is really proud of being a high school student! He just completed a semester of ceramics and is now in ROTC as his elective. With some special education assistance, he is taking grade-level classes.
Delontea has made important gains in learning how to manage his emotions and behavior, understand and communicate his needs, and use appropriate coping skills to regulate his emotions. He continues to practice and develop his coping skills so that he will be prepared to deal in positive ways when he is faced with competition or criticism. He appreciates having calm reminders to stay on task and follow rules.
Maintaining a relationship with his two siblings and other birth family members is very important to Delontea, and he’ll be counting on his adoptive family to help him maintain those relationships. Delontea’s social worker would like to hear from couples and single dads and moms who have lots of time and attention to devote to this delightful teen.
To learn more about Delontea, watch his video clip.
Derek is a kind, personable and upbeat teen! He loves electronics and is really into photography. He is especially interested in computers, how they work and what they can do. Derek also likes soccer and is, of course, a Seahawks fan! When it comes to media, he enjoys watching crime dramas on TV, listening to hip-hop and rap, and watching movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Derek likes school. He has had excellent attendance and his grades have been great! He receives additional help to support academics and social interaction. An articulate, friendly and social teen, Derek enjoys chatting with his friends at school about sports and video games.
At home, Derek helps around the house, with chores like folding his laundry and chopping wood. He’s pretty mellow and rolls with what’s happening around him. He has a great sense of humor and a very infectious smile. A family that enjoys talkative teens would be an ideal fit for Derek!
Derek’s social worker is interested in hearing from families who enjoy teenagers and she believes he would do well in a home with some kind of strong male influence. It will be important, too, for Derek’s parents to support ongoing counseling that helps him with positive behavior and boundaries around social media and internet usage. Derek would like a mom and dad, but is open to single dads, too. He would like to feel secure knowing that whatever his family does, he will be there right along with them, as a full-fledged family member!
To learn more about Derek, watch his video clip.
Dulce is a teen who values her independence, her relationships and her heritage. She would like a family who can be supportive of these aspects of her life, as she heads toward adulthood. Involved in her tribal community, Dulce has attended a Native American school and hopes to work with her tribal community, during an upcoming summer work program.
When motivated, she is a good student and completes homework assignments, although she has struggled with attendance. She could benefit from having parents that will provide her with opportunities to explore her interests and introduce her to new activities, interests and ideas.
Family is important to Dulce. She is still connected to her grandmother and other family members. Friends are important to her too, and she has several. She also has a very strong bond with her boyfriend, who has been a constant in her life during a very inconstant time. It is hoped that her adoptive family will be supportive of existing relationships that mean a great deal to her.
Dulce needs a family that will take pride in her heritage and see that she has opportunities to participate regularly in her Native American culture and development. For her overall well-being, Dulce’s knows that she needs to focus on her health to prevent the onset of diabetes. A family that will encourage and support her in this endeavor would be wonderful.
To learn more about Dulce, watch her video clip.
Dustin is an adorable boy with a great smile. He’s a fun and friendly kid who enjoys spending time with people and is easy to engage in conversation. A charming boy with a great imagination, Dustin has lots of personality and enthusiasm. His number one passion is sports, especially football. He loves the Seahawks and knows a lot about many of the players. He also enjoys lacrosse and soccer. Most all outdoor activities are great for Dustin, as he is a high-energy guy!
Dustin tells great stories and often weaves his love of sports into his creative process. He also enjoys reading and is a big Star Wars fan.
Dustin lives in a therapeutic residence for children. He has been through a lot and he receives lots of support and counseling to help him with his feelings and challenges. Currently in the 5th grade, Dustin is attending school on the campus of his group home. Math is his favorite subject and he is increasingly proud of his performance at school. His success has greatly boosted his self-confidence!
Parents with experience and skills that come from teaching, counseling, fostering, and/or providing child care for children with behavioral challenges would be the best fit for Dustin. Being supported by a family that is able to role model healthy relationships will be essential for him. Being an only child or the youngest of much older siblings, who can also be healthy role models, would be ideal. Dustin will need parenting that includes patience, good humor, clear and firm expectations and constancy.
To learn more about Dustin, watch his video clip.
Nine-year-old, Ellie expresses her tender heart by playing Mommy to her dolls. She loves to sing spontaneously and enjoys toys that play music. An outdoor girl, Ellie likes to keep active by jump-roping, swinging, and climbing at the playground. When the weather keeps her in, she enjoys board games and computer games.
Ellie is an energetic girl, who can be really fun and comical. She eats a big variety of foods; although like many of us, she is not a fan of brussels sprouts! Having just finished a lot of dental work, she is ready for some visits from the tooth fairy!
At school, Ellie has an individual plan and has improved in her work and met most of her goals. She especially likes math and is described by her teachers as smart and polite, although she does test the rules now and then. Keeping focused has been a challenge for her, but she is good at noticing details and figuring out what's going on in stories.
Ellie has survived neglect and witnessed domestic abuse. She tends to be more relaxed around women and she is able to talk about some of her fears. A family who is experienced with adoption, tantrums, and PTSD would be ideal for Ellie. It will also be important for her to have lots of one-on-one attention.
Couples, single women, and non-traditional female families may inquire. Families need to be willing to seek professional counseling and support for Ellie, so she can turn her past survival behavior of tantrums around. Families may need to be open to creating opportunities for contact with Ellie’s sister.
Please contact Lynne Mason
for more information and ask about special financial aid.
To see a cute video of Ellie, see her video clip.
Evan is a helpful, affectionate boy! He loves to give hugs and help around the house. His foster mom loves his silly laugh. Playing outdoors, riding his bike, jumping on the trampoline, and maneuvering his dump trucks and cars are among his favorite things to do. Evan tends to move from one activity to another, so he may quickly go from looking at books, to entertaining himself with Angry Birds, then on to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
At school, Evan’s teachers notice how much he wants to be a helper and how much he enjoys one-on-one attention. He is supported by an IEP and spends time in both a self-contained and a regular special education classroom. His academic and social skills are about 1-2 years behind his peers. Evan’s teacher states that, “He is desperate to be loved and to please – he would do anything I ask him to do and tries very hard for me.”
Upon first meeting Evan, folks notice how sweet he is. They may also pick up on some of his delays and notice his speech. He can sit and carry on a conversation but may provide responses that aren’t related to what is actually being discussed. He really likes to talk though, and he asks lots of questions.
Evan needs a family who understands how to nurture and support him, and provide him opportunities for challenge and success. Some of Evan’s specific challenges are related to understanding action and consequence combined with a high level of impulsivity. Evan’s team believes he would do best in a two-parent family because of the amount of redirection and supervision he needs, although single parents are welcome to inquire too! Any family configuration will need a strong support system. Evan loves one-on-one attention but would be okay with older kids who are able to understand why Evan struggles in certain areas. Evan is a sincere, fun-loving kid with a good heart.
To learn more about Evan, watch his video clip.
Faith is a friendly, outgoing twelve-year-old. She feels right at home in the outdoors
and is a big fan of camping, swimming and jumping on a trampoline. But she’s
not just sporty, she’s expressive. Pink and purple are her favorite colors
and she loves to sing and dance.
Because Faith has often had to change schools, she is working to catch up on her
academics. She needs a parent(s) who can be a strong advocate for her education
and provide her with support and encouragement. Faith does well with structure,
a predictable daily routine and clear rules. It would be helpful for her parents
to have a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies. She will also benefits
from having positive role models who demonstrate healthy relationships, boundaries
and personal safety skills.
Being willing to participate with Faith in counseling will be an important way for
her parent(s) to show their love and commitment to her. It would also demonstrate
that they value using such resources to deal with past hurts and to move forward.
Faith’s social worker would like to hear from couples or single moms. She
also feels that Faith will do best as the only child or as the youngest. Faith is
ready for adoption and ready to be part of a nurturing, committed family.
To learn more about Faith, watch her video clip.
Isaiah is a happy, engaging boy with a good sense of humor. He enjoys reading, building
with Legos, playing board games and collecting Yu Gi Oh cards. While he sometimes
needs to be encouraged to be physically active, Isaiah really enjoys biking. He
also likes playing outside with neighborhood kids, going to splash pad parks, walking
trails and activities with the Boys and Girls Club.
Isaiah receives additional help at school and reads aloud to his foster parents
every day. His reading and comprehension skills have improved significantly. He
says his favorite subject is math.
Isaiah’s social worker is seeking a fun-loving, two-parent family that will
provide experiences for growth and laughter to this darling boy. His adoptive parents
should have a good grasp of how trauma and neglect can impact a child’s sense
of safety and well-being. They need to be united in their parenting, with patience,
caring and nurturing. They also need to be willing to provide the structure
and consistency that helps Isaiah feel safe and secure. Parenting with lots of praise
and encouragement, to continue to help him build his self-esteem, will be critical
too. Being strong educational advocates will be especially important in helping
Isaiah succeed in the classroom.
Isaiah would do well as an only child or as the youngest with an older sibling who
can be a good role model. Isaiah would like to stay in contact with his younger
sister, who is placed with a pre-adoptive family. His birth grandmother would like
to continue to have contact with him as well.
To learn more about Isaiah, watch his video clip.