Monday, July 5, 2010

Matching Mondays

Did you know.......
Experts estimate the annual cost of foster care in the U.S. to be approximately $40,000 per year per child.  Even when adoption subsidies are factored in, the state saves approximately $28,000 per year per child when a child in foster care is adopted.  Not only is adoption a better outcome for the children, it also reduces child welfare costs to the state.

(Facts from The Adoption Exchange)

Zackkery age 7.
Being outside is what Zackkery (who likes to be called “Zack”) loves best. He is an active little guy who enjoys playing with blocks, string, and in the water. He does really well with a consistent schedule and is very bonded to his older sister. He has also developed a great relationship with his eldest foster brother with whom he will do just about anything.

Zack is currently in the second grade where he is showing progress. He has done great with his new schedule in school, which includes a picture system. It is expected that Zack will need assistance as an adult, but he can have a great life.

Zack currently attends counseling, which will need to continue after placement.

It is necessary that Zack\'s adoptive family be supportive of contact with his sister as well as with his current foster family.

If your family is interested in this lovable little boy, we urge you to inquire. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related costs. For Utah children, only homestudied families from all states are encouraged to inquire.


Mekiyella, Norma & Damian ages 5,4 & 2.
Meet Mekiyella, Norma, and Damian. These three, beautiful children have lived together since birth and are bonded and attached to one another. The eldest, Mekiyella, who prefers to be called Meka, is a friendly and outgoing little girl. Meka has brown hair and big brown eyes. She has a smile that can not only be seen on her face but in her eyes. Her smile melts the coldest of hearts.

Meka is a trusting child who attaches to her caregivers, easily. Meka has a tendency to trust everyone and wants to hug people and sit on their laps, whether she knows them or not. She is bonded to her current caretaker and has expressed a desire to remain in their home. She likes to play with her siblings and loves to watch TV and read books. She's a good eater and likes most foods, except ravioli and mushrooms; her favorite is mac & cheese and ramen noodles.

Norma, who is four, is also very friendly and trusting. Norma has sandy blond hair and beautiful brown eyes. Her smile lights up a room.

She, too, is bonded to her current caretakers, and like her sister, she will attach to anyone who gives her love and attention. Norma gets along well with other children and adults, and enjoys coloring and playing with puzzles. She's a talkative child who likes to stay busy and gets bored easily, but she always wears a big smile and has a pleasant disposition. She loves vegetables, especially broccoli, and she enjoys mac & cheese and ramen noodles, but she does not like corn, stuffing, or potatoes.

Damian, who is also called Ian, is also friendly, social, and talkative. Damian has blond hair and blue eyes, and a sweet, disarming smile.

His care providers say he's a typical, active little boy; a joy and a handful, like most 2-year-olds. He is bonded and attached to his sisters and current caretakers, but he is more guarded with strangers. Damian gets along well with children, adults, and animals. He loves anything to do with horses and will sit quietly for a cowboy/horse movie. Damian does not like vegetables, but will eat raw carrots. His current favorites are hot dogs, mac & cheese, and ramen noodles.

All of the children love to be read to before bedtime, and they all take about thirty minutes to get to sleep. Damian occasionally will wake from a dream in the night and usually takes a nap during the day. The girls both sleep through the night and do not take daytime naps.

These three children need a two-parent family, who will commit to them for life and provide them with a safe and structured home, where routines are predictable and loving nurturance is consistent. Meka, Norma and Damian respond well to positive discipline and on-going encouragement and praise. They need to be the youngest or only children in the family, and they need patient and kind parents who will actively engage the children in activities, support, and encourage on-going counseling to address their issues now and in the future. Parents who have good support systems for themselves and access to community resources will be preferred. All of the children will likely need counseling and educational advocacy in the foreseeable future.

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