Dominick is described as a very passive child in relation to adults. He has a very difficult time developing relationships with his peers and adults. He is described as “funny” by his caregiver. He loves school and he loves reading. He presses to see where the boundaries are, but with a firm and consistent caregiver, he adjusts to authority. It is very important to balance any firmness from an authority figure with a gentle and playful side as much as possible given the level of physical and psychological abuse he experienced in the past.
Dominick is described as “all boy”. He loves playing outside, getting to run around, and be joyfully physical. He is not currently placed with his other siblings and this does not appear to affect him negatively.
Miley is described as very motivated, helpful, and eager to please. Miley can be shy when she is in new situations but once she’s comfortable she opens up quickly! It is reported that Miley does well in school and is excelling in math and art. When Miley is at home, she likes to spend much of her time drawing, painting, and creating various types of artworks. Miley also loves music, dance, and unicorns. Miley is not considered a picky eater and will typically eat almost anything.
Her caregiver describes her as “the ideal 11-year-old”. She loves arts, barbies, unicorns, and all things girly. She wants to get involved with dance. She is very friendly and will talk in a stream of consciousness chatter for a very extended period of time. For example, she gave a very detailed ten-minute description of the dogs that live in the home in response to a question about whether she likes animals. Miley is the oldest of her sibling group and has a good relationship with Zabdiel (who she is currently placed with).
She has adjusted very well to her current home and seems to develop rapport fairly easily on the surface. It does take her some time to develop trust and begin to feel a true sense of safety, but she has demonstrated she is open and willing to move forward with attaching.
Zabdiel (pronounced Zab-DEE-Elle) is a 7-year-old boy who is described as an outgoing. When people pronounce his name correctly (without his help for the first time), his mouth will drop open and he’ll stare “in shock” and pretend to pass out. He loves to socialize with his peers and adults. He enjoys typical boy things like playing outside and playing video games. Zabdiel is good at science and math. He does very well in school and although he can be easily distracted, he responds well to redirection. Zabdiel enjoys group activities and family games. He is described as an incredibly bright and energetic kid that thrives in any social environment. Zabdiel is considered a picky easter. He loves chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. However, it’s almost impossible to get him to eat meat. He does like pizza, but only cheese!
This child is a very bright, talkative, hilarious, and curious young man. He is full of “why” questions and will pepper his foster mother with one question right after another about any given topic. During conversations, Zabdiel will often become distracted, run off, and then come back in the conversation wearing a costume, mask, or cape and continue talking like nothing happened. He is very much the showman.
Louis is described as a child who loves to smile, laugh, and give hugs. He is into everything and will smile really big when an adult is speaking with him if he doesn’t necessarily understand the question. He is a good eater, and his favorite foods are spaghetti and chili. He loves to run and play. He also takes a lot of naps. He goes to bed well and sleeps through the night, but he dreams a lot and tosses and turns a lot.
Louis is developmentally delayed and needs a lot of attention and supervision. He struggles with all his personal hygiene tasks and needs a lot of help in those areas. He still wears pullups, but usually he uses the toilet for bowel movements. He has had accidents recently and he made a mess with it.
He does take medicine to help him sleep at night and sometimes he will try to fight it and stay up. Louis loves being nurtured, hugged, cuddled, and getting positive attention, but he needs two parents or a single parent with a lot of on hand support. He needs supervision constantly because he is impulsive and curious and can get himself into things very quickly.