Mickee is a very cute boy, with a dynamite smile and great laugh. Although not usually demonstrative, he often gives his caregivers hugs. Mickee tends to enjoy being around adults more than children. He is very connected to his foster mom and really likes playing with his foster dad. Some of Mickee’s favorite activities are watching cartoons and playing on his tablet. While most toys don’t engage his interest, he likes remote control toy cars.
While Mickee is in a specialized class at school, he is doing well in his school work. He has delays which interfere with his social, emotional, adaptive behavior, communication, and cognitive competence. Mickee does best when he has highly structured, consistent environments at home and at school and caregivers and teachers who speak in simple, concrete words and give one-step instructions.
Fortunately, there are various child and family resources to assist Mickee’s family in parenting and teaching him. Mickee’s social worker will be happy to help Mickee’s family identify such educational and developmental resources in their community. Currently, Mickee is benefiting from his participation in speech and occupational therapies, as well as his specialized educational program.
Mickee can sometimes have difficulty making eye contact which can make it hard to pick up on social cues. There can be a lack of reciprocity, and preference for parallel or independent play instead of engaging with other kids. Mickee has difficulty with transitions and long car trips too are challenging for him as well. But having an attentive, caring adult nearby helps to keep him on track.
Mickee’s social worker especially wants to talk with couples and single moms and dads who want to be his growing up family and who can provide the opportunities to help him reach his full potential. An especially good fit would be parent(s) who are knowledgeable about special educational resources. His care team is looking for a family with the willingness to reach out to Mickee with patience, kindness, and love.
To learn more about Mickee, watch his video clip.
Sean is caring, empathetic, and looks out for his peers. He is a big-hearted young man who is very well-liked! Engaging and friendly, Sean enjoys joking around. He also likes to show off his artistic skills through drawing and coloring, and even through writing. He loves animals (especially dogs), and one day would like to be a zookeeper. His love of animals first started when he saw the movie, The Lion King. Sean continues to enjoy movies. He also likes to play board games and go to the library.
To learn more about Sean, watch his video clip.
Developmentally, Sean is much younger than his chronological age, but he is benefiting from school and counseling resources. He is increasing his social skills and communication techniques, and developing healthy coping behaviors to better manage attention difficulties and lessen impulsiveness and feelings of stress. Sean is most successful when he has a caring adult nearby to supervise and give him verbal cues to assist him in following directions and engage in social interactions. His ability to be redirected is a strength at school and at home.
Sean needs a family that has experience with kids who are concrete thinkers and who do not readily grasp social cues and nuanced behavior. Sean’s case manager reports that he continues to make steady progress, and is more open to processing his thoughts and feelings. Working on art projects, and creating with Play-Doh, are ways that help him to work through his feelings.
Sean loves school! He knows the name of each student in his classroom, and says that he is friends with everyone. While art is his absolute favorite class, he likes all kinds of subjects. At the end of the last year, Sean was proud to receive an award for Academic Achievement and Citizenship. Sean was also chosen as one of five students to represent his peers at his school’s groundbreaking ceremony! Sean’s teacher called him a “Rock Star.”
Recently Sean mentioned to his caseworker that he hopes the family that adopts him has a mom, dad, brother, sister, and uncle (in other words, a big extended family!). He wants his family to like dogs, to enjoy taking care of animals, and it would be great if they lived near a zoo! Of course, he also would be excited if his adoptive family enjoyed electronics and games.
A committed family, with a parent(s) experienced with children with Sean’s needs, will be a wonderful fit. Sean will likely need lifelong advocacy and support from his adoptive family. Providing Sean with good structure, routine, and clear expectations and limits will help him feel most secure.