Jaxen is an outgoing and chatty kid with a smile that can light up a room. He is energetic and filled with curiosity, and loves to show off his favorite things to people he meets, including his toys/stuffed animals, or his latest favorite YouTube video. Jaxen thrives on adult attention and will keep you on your toes as he moves between activities he enjoys: one minute he’ll be playing a board or card game with you, the next he’ll run outside to shoot hoops, then he’ll show you a video on his tablet, and then he may call up one of his brothers just to say hi. He is the youngest of four brothers, and enjoys any chance he gets to hang out with them. Jaxen is affectionate and enjoys giving hugs and cuddling with his caregivers.
Jaxen really wants his own family and thrives on one-on-one attention from his caregivers. Jaxen is getting better at managing big feelings when they come up, but still frequently needs help from adults to manage his frustration and stay safe when he gets overwhelmed. A family will need to be skilled at providing a calm and supportive pres-ence, especially when he becomes dysregulated, and coordinating his various services and support workers. A fam-ily for Jaxen will also need to support him with maintaining his relationship with his three brothers, as they are not being adopted together. Jaxen enjoys pets and had a strong connection with his former foster dog, but he will need supervision with pets due to some of his dysregulated behaviors.
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.