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Washington's Waiting Children
|Child Name:||Nickolas (Nick)|
Nickolas, or ‘Nick’ as he likes to be called, is extremely interested in computer programming, science, and math! He also has a great sense of curiosity and loves to work with his hands, tinkering, taking things apart, and reassembling them. Nick enjoys reading and learning about cars and computers. Chess is one of his favorite board games, and he has fun, too, surfing the internet and playing games on his Nintendo DS.
Next month, Nick will be in ninth grade. Nick has support services at school, which will likely be continued throughout his high school years. When sufficiently interested in subjects, such as he is in science, math and computers, he is much better able to manage his attention issues. While Nick enjoys good health, he does have a congenital anomaly characterized by abnormal smallness of his left eye socket and has a prosthetic eye.
Legally free, Nick came into foster care in 2007. Nick's very rough childhood following his adoption early in life has left him with residual effects of past trauma, such as oppositional behavior and difficulty trusting. Multiple placements in foster care have exacerbated those issues.
Since graduating from a residential treatment program in 2012, Nick has been in a therapeutic group home where he is one of five boys. The experienced staff members are providing the stability, structure, emotional safety, and therapeutic supports that help him stay on track.
Nick has been enjoying a bit more freedom and independence these days and is ready to move forward into a less restrictive environment. Staff members say that Nick enjoys joking and is playful with people he trusts.
Regular counseling sessions continue to help Nick in developing behavioral tools and strategies to handle frustration, stress, and anger in healthy ways and to gain a better sense of cause and effect (particularly concerning how his own behavior causes unwanted results from others). He is also strengthening his boundaries and developing a better sense of the need for personal safety skills.
Nick has made gains in the following areas: his social skills are increasing as are his positive peer relationships; he is slowly but surely becoming more able to express remorse; and his tendency to get aggressive when frustrated and stressed, has lessened considerably.
It is likely that Nick will continue to need therapeutic supports for the foreseeable future. Being willing to participate with Nick 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 have a very good grasp of how early neglect and abuse can impact a child’s sense of safety, trust, and emotional and behavioral development. He also needs structure; 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 this boy 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.
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