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Daniel loves hands-on activities. Legos, electronics, science related toys, and his iPad definitely capture his interest. But he’s also an outside guy who enjoys climbing trees and riding his bike. He likes being active and loves sports, especially basketball, football, and baseball. And he loves the challenge of board games, video games, and puzzles (the more pieces the better!).
Daniel has a very active sense of curiosity, a great sense of humor, and a dry wit. He loves to read and he’s good at it! He follows rules well and works through compromises. He is developmentally younger than his chronological age, but he has several strengths for a family to encourage and nurture. Tests have indicated there are areas in which he’s very bright.
Daniel does well in a small classroom environment, where he gets the support he needs to help him be successful. He has great fun participating in a woodworking class! He’s is a concrete thinker, who tends to see things in black and white. His school program provides academic and behavioral supports, social skills building, and friendship training. Having a family who will encourage him, and be his biggest educational advocates, would be a great boost for Daniel.
Having consistent daily routines, minimal distractions and stimulation, clear expectations, and a significant amount of individualized attention help the significant adults in Daniel’s life effectively support his needs. Repetition is important for Daniel, and he does best with step-by-step instructions to complete tasks. Daniel benefits greatly by having a caring adult nearby to calmly and patiently redirect him as needed.
Daniel’s caseworker would especially like to hear from warm, easygoing, committed couples, who have the knowledge and skills to parent children with some special learning needs. Daniel will do well as the only child in the home, or with older siblings. He will thrive with parents who desire to make a real difference for this boy, who longs for a family that will not give up on him.
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.
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.
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.
Grace is bright, creative and highly imaginative, and she has a great sense of humor. She loves animals of all kinds and enjoys learning all about them. Grace is kind, gentle, and still a child at heart in many ways. For instance, she loves to have stuffed animals in her room; it’s one way she displays her love for real animals. Grace would love to live on a farm, or near an animal shelter where she could volunteer; she’s gentle with all creatures and truly cares for them. Her social worker believes Grace could benefit greatly from being around animals, such as dogs and horses, in a therapeutic environment.
Grace has a deep passion and love for reading. She chooses reading for pleasure first, over any other activity. She enjoys reading fantasy books the most, especially the Harry Potter series and other books with similar themes. She also enjoys games on her Nintendo DS, playing outside, drawing and other creative arts activities, such as origami and making paper dolls.
Grace is very intelligent, and has been praised for her critical thinking skills, and ability to share her thoughts and ideas. She also has a good vocabulary and can be quite the conversationalist!
The family that would be a good fit for Grace will have experienced parents (couples or a single parent) who have a good understanding of how a child’s early environment can impact her sense of well-being, safety, and her social and emotional development. Grace’s adoptive family should also have the skills to coach and guide Grace in creative ways, and be willing to engage appropriate resources and supports as needed. Having a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies could be very helpful in meeting Grace’s needs. A family who shares Grace’s love of animals and can help her realize her dream of working or volunteering with them in some capacity, may just be the right family for Grace!
To learn more about Grace, watch her video clip.