Ashton is often described as “smart”, “hardworking”, and “friendly”. Ashton is a strong reader and loves to read all kinds of fiction, particularly Star Wars books. Ashton will spend hours at a time building elaborate Lego sets. Other interests of Ashton’s include origami, toy cars, and outdoor activities. He is also a very skilled artist! Ashton reports his favorite professional sports teams are the Kansas City Chiefs and the Golden State Warriors. Ashton’s favorite school subjects are art and gym, and he has a dream of playing in the NFL when he is older. Ashton wants families to know, “I like to draw and color. I like Legos. I’m helpful and caring when I want to be, and I’m creative.” Ashton says, “I like people and I try to help them feel comfortable with me so I can get to know them and gain a friend.
Ashton has expressed that he would prefer to live in an urban or suburban setting. Ashton and his team are open to the structure, race, and sexualities of his adoptive family, however Ashton has indicated he would like a mother figure. Ashton will do best in a home with no same-aged or younger youth or pets. Ashton has shared that he wants a family who is helpful and who genuinely cares about him. Ashton has semi-regular contact with his birth mother and half-sister, and would need a family that can help support and nurture these relationships.
That every young person whose life has been disrupted by trauma and subsequent child welfare intervention will be restored to a safe, permanent family with an urgency that honors the brevity of childhood.