Delontea is a smart, curious and loving boy. He thrives with consistent 1:1 attention, structure, predictability, and a stable daily routine. A lively conversationalist, Delontea asks really great questions. Delontea has two main passions: animals and Michael Jackson! He is the master of Michael Jackson trivia and knows every one of his songs!
Delontea’s love of animals mirrors his love of music. Dogs bring out Delontea’s softer side and he would love to have one of his own. He once had a fish named “Sapphire” and looks forward to getting a fish again in his new home. He is also an avid Seahawks fan and enjoys Pokemon, video games, taking naps, and eating both sushi and McDonalds. Of course, he loves having a cell phone. Delontea wants to learn to drive and aspires one day to travel to Japan. Although achieving independence is his goal over the next three to four years, he clearly wants a forever family that will accept him as one of their own and always be there for him. When asked what he wants in a forever family, he said “a nice family that treats me like their own kid.” Delontea has asked to be involved in the search for his adoptive family.
This fall, Delontea transitioned to a new high school where he is doing very well. He is really proud of being a high school student! He has an IEP to support him in being academically successful. Attending school full-time is a huge accomplishment for Delontea and one he is handling well. He just completed a semester of ceramics and is now in ROTC as his elective. With some special education assistance, he is taking grade-level classes.
As an active participant in counseling, Delontea has made important gains in learning how to manage his emotions and behavior, understand and communicate his needs, and use appropriate coping skills to regulate his emotions. He continues to practice and develop his coping skills so that he will be prepared to deal in positive ways when he is faced with teasing, competition, and/or criticism. He appreciates having calm reminders to stay on task and follow rules. Delontea previously completed trauma-focused behavioral counseling which was very helpful for him.
Delontea has two siblings who are being adopted together. Maintaining a relationship with them and with other birth family members is very important to Delontea, and he’ll be counting on his adoptive family to help him maintain those relationships.
Delontea’s social worker wants to hear from couples and single dads and moms who have lots of time and attention to devote to this delightful teen. Being willing to participate with him in counseling during his transition into their home could be a meaningful way for his adoptive parent(s) to show their love and commitment to Delontea. It could be very helpful, too, for his adoptive parent(s) to have a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies and positive parenting skills to help Delontea move forward in his life and grow emotionally and behaviorally in positive ways.
If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Delontea or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.