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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.
Bryce is a huge fan of animals and spending time with as many loving beings as possible. Once a week, Bryce volunteers at an animal rescue farm where he is able to meet and dote upon some of his favorite creatures. Though he loves all animals, grooming the alpacas is a particular favorite pastime of Bryce’s and just one of the many things that make this teen so warm and unique.
Bryce has a passion for so many things; including photography, gaming, and pets. He approaches the world with a positive lens and is typically very happy and engaging with those around him. When asked what makes him most happy, Bryce is quick with the list: food, good music, animals, having a haircut he likes, and affection. When asked what is most important to him, he’s emphatic to express his appreciation for anime, bands, ice-cream, “learning new stuff,” and his friends. In fact, friendship is vital to Bryce and is a big part of his life. His friends and peers are a huge source of Bryce’s positivity. He finds relief, joy, and acceptance through his connections.
Recently, Bryce has grown much more comfortable in his gender identity, using he/him pronouns in all aspects of his life. His journey to accept himself has been aided by his affiliation with the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) in school, which he was club president of in junior high. Bryce appreciates his GSA for providing support, camaraderie, and a chance to lead and help others. Bryce’s gender identity is really important to him and it is crucial for him to have an adoptive family who encourages and loves him for who he is.
Currently in high school, Bryce is a great student who takes his education seriously. He dreams of being a high school teacher, so he can continue to support and motivate teens. His teachers say he is “bright and capable” and they all view him as a pleasure to have in class. Between his association with the GSA, his friendships, and his love of learning, it’s no wonder Bryce enjoys school so much. Bryce is currently learning Japanese and is really fond of the language, especially as it ties into his love of anime.
Bryce is a positive, caring, intelligent young teen who has made huge strides in recent years. With an adoptive family, he will continue to grow and bring so much light to the world. An adoptive family who can provide Bryce with security, support, and love – and maybe the occasional s’mores frappuccino – would be a great fit for Bryce. Bryce would like a family who is open and accepting of his identity; and a family who also enjoys learning about Japanese culture would be an added bonus!
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.