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Washington's Waiting Children
|Child Name:||Nickolas (Nick)|
Nickolas, or Nick as he likes to be called, is an extremely likeable kid who is genuine, and endearing. While he really needs adults on the home front to provide support and coaching in social situations, Nick is very intelligent. Math, science, and history seem to light a fire under Nick, and he loves studying and creating things related to those subjects. He has an amazing binder in which he keeps science and chemistry notes and lessons, as well as pictures and articles of historical facts and figures he finds interesting and noteworthy. Nick is extremely interested in computer programming. Nick also has a great sense of curiosity and loves to work with his hands, tinkering, taking things apart and reassembling them.
When he’s home, Nick enjoys reading books, especially about cars and computers, listening to classic rock music, and creating homemade science projects. Chess is one of his favorite board games, and he has fun, too, surfing the internet and playing games on his Nintendo DS. Although Nick is not into sports, he likes being outdoors exploring nature and taking walks.
Now in 12th grade, Nick appreciates having social and behavioral supports at school and attending school half days. In school, Nick is much better able to manage his attention issues when he is sufficiently interested in the classroom subject matter. While Nick enjoys good health, he does have a prosthetic eye.
Nick continues to respond well to the stability, structure, emotional safety, and therapeutic supports in his current placement. Such supports help him stay on track. He is also beginning to share his feelings, emotions and daily experiences with his care providers. Nick has been appreciative of counseling in the past, and being willing to participate with him in family counseling during the transition into his new home could be an effective way for his adoptive folks to show their love and commitment to him. It would also let him know that they value using such resources to help family members deal with past hurts and make behavioral changes.
Nick needs adoptive parents who will provide a predictable daily routine, with clear rules, limits, and consistent consequences which have been discussed with him ahead of time. Being willing to give him limited choices in some matters would give him an important sense of control in his life. Patience, a deep level of commitment, and the willingness to hang in there with him over the rough spots will all be important. While two parents would be great, Nick’s worker does not want to miss out on hearing from those exceptional single moms and single dads who have strong support from family, friends, and community resources. Nick would likely do best as an only child.
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