15 years


James is a friendly and charming young man. He loves to be right in the midst of what’s going on and enjoys entertaining others with dancing and humor. James loves basketball, hip hop, and is a HUGE Seahawks fan. He collects lots of Seahawks memorabilia. An adoptive family that could share in James’ enthusiasm for his favorite team would be thrilling for him. James also enjoys drawing and coloring, playing video games, and listening to music. He is looking forward to sharing his many interests with his new family.

James likes to help others! He readily helps out around the house, and, as James typically likes to be organized he enjoys keeping his room in top shape. Positive parenting skills, such as praise, encouragement, and lots of attaboys are wonderful ways to motivate him. A structured daily routine with simple, clear rules and limits help him feel safe and secure. James likes to socialize with others and being part of a supportive group.

James enjoys school and is in the 8th grade for the 2016-17 school year. He’s doing well with the extra resources that are provided to best support his needs, including reading and writing, and social skills. Lots of repetition and individual and small group learning are instrumental in helping James learn new skills. James, who is largely nonverbal is also benefitting from speech therapy in school.

Caregivers in his current placement are skilled at using behavioral tools and strategies to parent and mentor James. James would benefit from having the support of a counselor who is experienced in helping nonverbal foster and adoptive children and teens with special needs express their emotions and what they are feeling, as well as process past experiences.

James’ social worker would like to hear from nurturing, patient, encouraging couples, single moms and single dads who would welcome the opportunity to be there for James, who has a lot of love to share. James will need a devoted family that can offer him lifelong support and advocacy. If you are a family that has the time and attention to provide the kind of environment that will meet James’ needs best and help him to realize his potential, we want to hear from you soon.

If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for James or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.

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