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   SEAN, 2098

Birth Date: June, 2003
State: Washington

Sean is a very sweet, engaging, and eager-to-please boy. His favorite movie is the Lion King, which has stimulated a fascination with all things related to the various African people and their cultures. Among his favorite play things are building blocks, Hot Wheels, Play-Doh and stuffed animals. Sean also loves to play outdoors. Pizza and ice cream are two of his most favored treats.

Despite the significant losses Sean has experienced due to multiple moves in foster care, and his challenging developmental issues, he has shown that he has the ability to form attachments to significant adults.

Seanís cognitive and behavioral issues cause him to function as younger child. Sean also has had delays in his social, motor, and language skills, especially his expressive speech abilities. But Sean has made some great developmental and intellectual improvements. He is meeting all of his IEP goals and is best served in a self-contained classroom setting.

Seanís case manager reports that he craves physical contact with caregivers but also needs strict behavioral management to be successful. Sean functions best with a firm parenting structure with clear, consistent direction. Seanís adoptive family needs to have experience through parenting, teaching, counseling, etc., with children who have special needs and behavioral challenges. They also need to be comfortable working with multiple resources which will likely include medical, developmental, mental health, and special education services.

A structured, stable home with a very consistent daily routine and adults who routinely interact with patience, calmness, and nurturing will go a long way toward helping Sean thrive. Due to his needs, Sean would do best as the youngest child in a two parent home.
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