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.
Anna is affectionate, endearing, and very artsy! She enjoys drawing, reading, and writing. Singing and listening to many different types of music are also among her favorite pastimes. Horseback riding is her favorite sport, perhaps because it brings her close to nature. But she also likes to swim and go running for exercise.
While Anna can be pretty quiet at first, she relaxes once she gets to know people. She enjoys good conversation with adults and friends. She also has a great affection for younger children and animals.
Anna is working on improving her academic performance. She is smart, but is in the process of building her confidence, and learning to believe in herself and her abilities. She is a goal-setter and loves to accomplish items on her to-do list. One of her goals is to become an OBGYN or midwife.
An insightful teen with good self-awareness, Anna participates in regular counseling which is focused on helping her to learn new ways of relating to her peers, establishing and maintaining friendships, and developing tools and strategies to more appropriately express her thoughts and feelings. It will be important for her adoptive parents to be supportive of utilizing such services as she transitions into her new family and in the future.
Anna wants to be in an adoptive home. Her case worker would love to hear from couples and single moms who know the difference between normal teen behavior and the effects of trauma and neglect. Positive parenting and mentoring, and a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies, will help Anna learn new ways of responding to her life experiences and grow emotionally and behaviorally. Anna wants a family to share her talents and interests with, and one that will encourage her to keep reaching. A family that welcomes the opportunity to see that Anna has the supports she needs to navigate the rest of her adolescence and prepare herself for success would be ideal. It will also be important for Anna to be able to stay in contact with her siblings.
To learn more about Anna, watch her video clip.
Anthony is a darling little boy who depends on certain daily routines to help him feel happy, valued, and secure. He loves to be tucked into bed (often wearing one of his many superhero costumes) and given a hug goodnight. This routine must include having his toy bear tucked in with him and hearing an “I love you”. The next day, a cheerful “good morning” is essential, even as he is pulling the covers over his head and giggling. Once, he’s ready for the day, this active 5-year-old enjoys going for walks regardless of the destination!
Anthony loves everything to do with Marvel superheroes – movies, books, stickers, pajamas and clothing, especially his Captain America and Ironman costumes. He’s been looking forward to getting a Hawkeye costume, complete with bow and arrow. He likes to watch videos related to ABCs, shapes, colors, and nursery rhymes, and he has fun playing videogames that require strategy on his Sprout Tablet. Anthony is also a huge sports fan already.
Routine and structure help Anthony thrive. He benefits greatly from having an attentive, caring adult nearby who can patiently and calmly redirect him, as needed. His independent play usually involves repetitive activity, such as looking at books over and over again, and filling and emptying containers. This kind of activity also helps comfort him when he’s upset. During playtime with other children, he does best with supervision. And he does well in “circle” and “story” times while at his daycare program.
Anthony is often gentle and full of smiles. He wants to be loved and to be helpful. Anthony’s case worker would like to hear from two-parent families, or exceptional single moms and dads who have strong support systems of family, friends, and community resources.
Anthony will do best with a committed and patient family, experienced with children with special needs. A nurturing family that can give him lots of attention, and insure that resources are in place to help him be successful, would be ideal. Having with a good repertoire of behavioral tools and positive parenting skills will be important too.
To learn more about Anthony, 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.
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.