Araya is an 11 year old who deeply values relationships and being comfortable with people. After about 4 months of working with her Child-Specific Recruiter, Brittany, she is beginning to engage with her. But Brittany notes, “Once she trusts you, she is snuggly. She likes to be held, and finds comfort in her weighted blanket and vest.”
A lover of artistic activities, this pre-teen enjoys painting other’s nails, putting together puzzles, cutting paper and painting. She also likes to go swimming, be outside, and ride on the bus. Though she does not speak, she can be very adamant with her expressive face and when she wants to do something, she will bring people over to do the activity. Her home is also trying to see if a PECS system (pictures) will offer her another form of communicating.
Araya does well with structure and trusted adult relationships. She is currently living in a group home that provides a lot of one-on-one support. Because of their consistency and focus on building a connection with her, she’s been doing well.
Araya would do best with a family that has experience parenting or working with children with developmental delays. Her adoptive family should be willing to have supportive services in their home, or to consider alternate forms of parenting. For instance, Araya’s team has talked about how she may be able to be parented while living in the group home during the week and spending weekend visits with her family.
Details to Note
The majority of costs to Minnesota clients adopting youth under Minnesota state guardianship are covered by a contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. As with all Minnesota foster youth, Araya qualifies for medical assistance. Additionally, because of her medical needs, she is eligible for waivered services.
Learn More About Araya
If you would like to know more about Araya, please contact Brittany Koneczny ([email protected]; 651.255.2275). Families may have to provide certain documentation to receive full information.