“Spunky” is how Jacob’s worker describes him, and it fits him well. This spirited boy dreams of being faster than the Flash and stronger than the Hulk, and he wishes that he had the ability to read minds. Jacob imagines having a magic pocket that could hold an endless amount of stuff. Jacob also taps into his imagination and enjoys building things. He especially likes fabricating objects out of Legos and blocks. Jacob’s other favorite things include sports such as soccer and basketball. He says his favorite food is spaghetti, his favorite color is red and his favorite animal is cat. In addition, Jacob says he favors summer because of the warmth and undoubtedly the opportunity to get outside and play, which happens to be his favorite after-school activity. If he could visit anywhere in the world, Jacob would go to Disneyland but not necessarily to see Mickey or to board any of the rides there. He wants to visit Disneyland because – in his words – “it has a GIANT all you can eat buffet.” With his future forever family, Jacob envisions playing games and going to the park or to the movies. Perhaps they might go to Disneyland to sample that ginormous buffet together.
Jacob struggles with daily stress, which hinders his ability to function at his best, but receives services to help him cope with his feelings. In school, Jacob can struggle but again receives assistance to help him function at his best, and he lists gym as his favorite class.
Jacob would do best with two experienced parents and should be the youngest child in the home. His future forever family must provide structure and routine to give Jacob stability and consistency in his new home. Above all, his family must be fierce advocates for the services that will help Jacob thrive at home and in school. Finally, his family must be willing to let Jacob maintain his relationship with his siblings.
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