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Jermaine is a very likeable and energetic teen, who is a pleasure to be around. His social worker says he is "witty and charming”. Jermaine has high energy and loves being outdoors for activities and family outings. Among his favorite pastimes are riding his bike, playing sports (especially soccer), and playing video games. He also has an interest in music, and enjoys drumming and making beats.
Over the years, Jermaine has grown significantly in his behavior and participation at school. He looks forward to taking more wood shop classes, which has become a passion for him. And he would also like to learn more about game design.
Jermaine is a concrete learner who benefits from having visual aids to routinely navigate his daily life. Structure, clear rules, and consistency help him stay on track and to experience his life as manageable and secure. Having parent(s) who are committed to the educational process and making sure he has the resources he needs, to be successful, will be a great fit for him. Jermaine would do exceptionally well with a family equipped with patience and the willingness to live a structured and active lifestyle. A family that loves sports and spending time outdoors could be a wonderful match for this teen.
Jermaine, who is an enrolled member of his tribe, has been very connected to his Native American culture. He takes great pride in being a member of a local Native American basketball team. Jermaine appreciates efforts to help him get involved in tribal activities. While Jermaine needs a family who will support him in participating in his heritage, having parents who will love and cherish him, is what he needs most.
Being able to live in a community that is not extremely urban would help Jermaine thrive. He would also benefit greatly in a family with a nurturing and attentive father or male role model. Older siblings could be a wonderful resource for Jermaine as well. His caseworker would like to hear from couples, and single parents, with strong support systems of family, friends, and community resources.
To learn more about Jermaine, watch his video clip.
Joel is a charming, often playful young boy with a wonderful smile and a love of being silly. Joel is very attached to his caregivers at the pediatric medical residential center where he lives. He loves to be held, tickled, and chased. Joel is very attached to his iPad, it’s among his very favorite playthings. He is also very fond of Elmo!
Joel was born with multiple complex medical issues, including a genetic condition. Joel’s daily life is impacted in many ways due to his medical issues and his repeated risk for infection. Joel has a feeding tube and is unable to eat or drink by mouth. He has very limited eye sight and is extremely photosensitive, whether inside or outside. Joel has limited ability to speak and communicates primarily through grunts and hand gestures.
Despite all of his limitations, Joel appears to have a good quality of life. He does very well socializing with staff and other kids. It is very clear that despite Joel's inability to speak, he understands most of what is being said to him and responds to requests and direction.
Joel seems to vacillate between being rather lethargic (probably when he’s not feeling that great) to being very energetic and wanting to run around, laughing and being a bit mischievous. When he is lethargic, likes to be held and snuggled. Joel can be a bit of a handful when he is in active mode, but it is great to see him feeling good.
Joel is doing very well with his gross motor skills and is an "emerging symbolic communicator.” He uses one sign at a time to communicate needs/wants in a few specific situations. He understands routines and has a basic understanding of simple one step directions. Joel attends school and has a 1:1 aid assigned to help him.
For families who want to make a difference in Joel’s life, there are a few different placement options. A family could make a long-term commitment to visit and be his “special” people but not adopt; a family could adopt him and have home visits on special occasions (while Joel continues living at his medical center). Finally, it is also possible, under the right circumstances, that Joel could live with the family who adopts him. In this situation, a family in the Seattle/Tacoma area would be best, as it will be challenging to transition him from his life and medical team.
To learn more about Joel, watch his video clip.
John lives for fishing. When he can't actually be on the water, he daydreams that
he's casting at one of his favorite fishing spots. He also enjoys playing outdoor
sports, riding his bike and listening to country music. John truly enjoys receiving
individual attention from the adults significant in his life and responds well to
clear directions and expectations. Counselors say he could thrive in a home where
he is the youngest child.
A caring, compassionate boy who is at his best one-on-one, John has good manners.
According to his case worker, this young teen is very intelligent and it especially
shows when he can focus on those subjects and activities he really likes, such as
fishing, boats and hunting. Now in the seventh grade, he benefits from additional
help at school. His adoptive family will need to be strong advocates to see that
his educational needs are met and that he has appropriate educational and development
opportunities as an adolescent.
While John's social worker especially wants to hear from couples, he doesn't want
to miss out on hearing from those exceptional single moms and single dads who have
strong support systems of family, friends and community resources. It is especially
important that John have a parent, or parents, who have a good grasp of how early
trauma impacts the sense of safety, well-being and emotional and behavioral growth
of a child.
Being willing to participate with John in family counseling during his adoption
transition would be a great way for his new parent or parents to show their love
and commitment. And it would underscore for John that they are willing to use whatever
supports are needed to help family members grow and develop in healthy ways.
To learn more about John, watch his video clip.
Jon is a fun, helpful guy who loves nature and one-on-one time with adults. His
favorite past-time is fly-fishing, but he also enjoys camping and gardening. He’s
an active teen who finds bugs fascinating and likes to keep moving by riding bikes,
hiking and swimming.
Over the last year, Jon has developed a great sense of humor. Physically, he has
been more active, is choosing to eat healthier foods and is growing taller. Adults
around him have noticed how energetic, fun, charming and terrific he is. He genuinely
enjoys being a helper around the house and doing chores like vacuuming and cleaning.
Jon’s family will need to team with his school and advocate for his best interests.
Continued counseling will also help him with day-to-day life skills and working
through feelings related to his earlier childhood. Being able to stay in contact
with his grandparents will also be important to him.
High on Jon’s wish list is to have a parent or parents with whom he can spend
lots of one-on-one time. Jon needs a structured, stable adoptive home with a very
consistent daily routine. A good fit for Jon would be a home where he is the only
child or with a few older and/or same-age children. Jon responds very well to praise,
encouragement and a calm, positive approach. Clear rules and limits give him a sense
Jon needs a home that will set him up for success by preparing him for new experiences
and helping him have “just family” time to adjust to his adoptive home.
It will be particularly important for his adoptive parent(s) to be able to give
Jonathan the time he will need to trust them. Jon’s family will be rewarded
with a loving son who really wants to bond and belong to a family.
To learn more about Jon, watch his video clip.