Jayden is a playful 14 year old who is energetic and likes connections. He is non-verbal, but agile in teaching you to communicate with him in other ways such as holding your hand to let you know when he appreciates you, or gestures with his hands to indicate that he would like something within your reach. He is a good eater and enjoys food of all sorts. Jayden can be stylish with his hoodies and caps. He likes to look good and feel good. Although he can be a bit camera shy, once you get to know him in person, he is quite the opposite!
Jayden needs a family that is skilled and willing to further develop tools necessary in helping him meet his daily needs. The right family would need to be loving, patient and understanding of how Jayden moves through the world. A family with an understanding of Autism diagnoses, and a willingness to learn more is a must. In addition, Jayden is Hmong and has the desire to stay connected with his family and will need support maintaining a relationship with them. A family for Jayden should be open to being culturally competent and connecting Jay- den to his roots whenever possible. He does best with structure, repetition, and loving arms that are willing to meet him halfway.
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.