This is Jayden.
He is a 17-year-old boy.
Jayden is a talkative, energetic young man who loves to travel. He enjoys being outside, riding his bike or skateboard and taking things apart and putting them back together. This kiddo also enjoys spending time with his foster family doing family activities such as shopping and watching movies. He thrives on being part of a normal family routine in which he is a valued member. He wants to please his caretakers. This young guy likes to eat mac & cheese and bean burritos, but will try pretty much anything. He is not a picky eater. Jayden enjoys attending school, especially math and computer lab, where he benefits from an individualized education plan (IEP). He attends weekly therapy and will need to continue once placed in his adoptive home.
Jayden will do best in a two-parent home with a family that will be non-reactive, that is patient and calm, and can provide slow, repetitive, consistent guidance. The ideal family should be affectionate and enjoy spending time together. Jayden can struggle in his relationships with other kids because he tends to overwhelm them. He would love to have pets in the home.
Heart Gallery portraits by Emily Mulder (January 2015)
Video (below) produced March 2017