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Washington's Waiting Children
Lee is an outgoing, active girl who would love to have nurturing adoptive parent(s) who will use positive parenting tools and strategies and good humor to help her realize her potential and to provide the healthy, positive outlets she needs to focus her attention and energy. Lee is very creative with artistic talents and skills that include singing, writing poetry and songs, playing guitar, and sketching. Sketching, particularly, has become an important therapeutic tool that can help her feel calm and centered. Lee’s creativity is also expressed in her continuing participation in a performing arts program which celebrates and honors African American culture.
In the past, she has had lots of fun participating in talent shows with other kids her age. She also enjoys attending a Bible study group and singing in the church choir. Lee tells her social worker that she wants to be a singer and dancer when she grows up. Lee is quite curious about people and how they live and about their life stories, especially if their story is anything like hers. Lee is most responsive to adults who use praise and other positive reinforcements to engage her and to gain her trust and cooperation. Lee is very fond of family pets.
Legally free, Lee came into foster care initially in August 2007 with her younger brothers due to issues of abuse and neglect amidst parental substance abuse. To better meet each child’s individual issues and needs, they have been placed in separate foster homes. Once the children are in their permanent homes and have demonstrated through their behavior that they can appropriately handle more contact with one another, their adoptive parents will likely want to help them have some level of contact with one another. Because her sibling connection is so important to her, Lee wants her adoptive family to be open to assisting her in reconnecting with her siblings. Lee will also be counting on her adoptive parent(s) to help her maintain her significant connection with her older sister and her niece and nephew. Honoring the connection to her sister and her family will help Lee to establish trust and to bond with her new family.
Lee wears glasses regularly to help correct a crossed eye condition. Her eye specialist is recommending that Lee get contact lenses when she is 18 which should help to further correct the condition. Lee is also in need of braces, although she doesn't let that get in the way of giving big smiles to those around her. Dressing up and having her hair done up with pretty, decorative pins and barrettes help Lee feel good about herself.
In the fall of 2015, Lee will be in eighth grade where she will continue to have an IEP for academic and behavioral needs. PE is her favorite subject and she also likes Math. Being moved to a small, self-contained class at an alternative school several months ago greatly improved Lee’s behavior and academic outcomes for this past school past year. Lee is high energy and has some attention deficit issues that respond best to the small classroom setting and the low ratio of students to teachers. Lee’s adoptive parent(s) will need to be able to help her continue building positive social and problem solving skills with peers. She has experienced having a best friend which was a good learning experience for her.
Lee’s current treatment program includes mental health counseling and medication therapy. Lee will need ongoing support as she continues to develop behavioral tools and strategies to manage her feelings in healthy ways, and will need a high level of structure and one-on-one attention at home, school and in counseling to aid in the stabilization of her adoptive placement. Lee says that she wants a family of her very own and to be a normal kid; she says that she is even willing to move out of state for a good match.
Being willing to participate with Lee in counseling during her transition into her adoptive home will be a very important way for her adoptive folks to show their love and commitment. It would show, too, that they value using such resources to help family members deal with past hurts and move forward emotionally and behaviorally. Lee will need such supports for the foreseeable future.
Lee would do best in a family that understands the impact of abuse/neglect on a child’s development and emotional/behavioral needs. Lee would benefit from a family willing to nurture Lee’s strengths and give her outlets for her frustrations. Lee’s family will need to be willing to advocate for her educational needs. Lee would like a family that understands teenagers and that will give her a voice in rule making and consequences. Lee's social worker wants to hear from prospective adoptive couples and single moms who will take pride in her heritage and help her to feel connected to her African American roots.
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