Who is Ashton?
When asked what he wants families to know about him, Ashton said, “I like to draw and color, I like Legos, I’m helpful and caring when I want to be, and I’m creative.” Ashton is also a strong reader and loves to read various kinds of fiction, including Star Wars books. Other interests include origami, toy cars, and outdoor sports and activities. His favorite subjects in school are art and gym, and he would love to play in the NFL some day. Ashton is smart, outgoing, friendly, and very polite. He thrives on one-on-one attention from adults and likes stuffed animals and being tucked into bed at night. As he has grown older, he has also engaged in typical teen boy activities, such as video games and listening to music. He says his favorite musical artist right now is Lil Nas X.
A Family for Ashton
Ashton has expressed some preferences for families, but is also flexible and open to considering most families who could be a good match for him. Some of his preferences include having at least one mom, an older sibling, and maybe a cat. He is most comfortable living in urban or suburban settings. He would do well with parents who have an active lifestyle, can give him lots of attention, can maintain a calm demeanor even when things are stressful, and have a strong understanding of trauma and mental health. Ashton has a younger sister and brother who are not being adopted with him and live in two separate homes. He will need support maintaining a relationship with them and their families. Ashton is starting to explore contact with his birth family, so would do well with a family who is willing to help him navigate those relationships in the future.
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.