Habakkuk, who likes to be call "Bakka", is a happy young man with a charming smile. He is very social, always trying to make the people around him laugh with his silly antics. He is earnest when he says there is nothing he wants more than an adoptive family. He longs for a parent to play board games with, to make cookies with and to "laugh while watching TV and movies together."
Bakka says if he could live anywhere in the world, he would choose someplace sunny with a beach, like Florida! He loves wearing bright colors, which reflect his vibrant, energetic personality. He likes to cook just about anything and help in the kitchen, but... he doesn't like to eat his veggies (except for sweet bell peppers, lettuce, and corn)! He loves learning about bugs and fish and dreams of having a pet ferret someday. Bakka has a stocky, strong build but does not take a passionate interest in most athletics. His favorite sport is baseball and he likes video games, especially Minecraft. Bakka is able to speak his mind. He reports that he really doesn't like clowns or circuses because "they are creepy". He likes to have a nightlight on in his room to help him feel cozy and safe.
Bakka enjoys going to school to see his friends and socialize. Even though he struggles with his academic work, he is working to catch up to grade level thus needs extra support at school. Lunchtime provides a nice, relaxing break! He currently attends a specialized school and benefits from 1:1 support for parts of his day.
While Bakka does not currently have regular contact with his siblings. He has expressed an interest in having contact with them and will need a family's support as he navigates these relationships.
Bakka can become distracted very easily and struggles to focus on a single tasks. He is working on navigating through strong emotions and learning to take some time alone in his room as a way to gather himself. He also has a strong sense of personal boundaries. He struggles to fall asleep at night and stay asleep but has benefited from a regular routine.
Bakka has made progress in his current program, where there is a lot of structure and expectations are clear. He benefits from a consistent daily routine with reminders to complete the activities and responsibilities of daily living (eating healthy meals, choosing appropriate clothing, etc.). He will benefit from skills training, vocational training, and academic support to gain important skills as he becomes a young adult. Bakka would like to go to college where he could learn to be a pilot or maybe even build a rocket - cool!
A family that has some experience with individuals with developmental disabilities and could help Bakka access the support and services he needs would be beneficial. He will need a strong advocate to help him continue to build new skills.
Faith and being part of a religious community is important to Bakka. He wants a family who will tell him "Bible stories" but also values and identifies with his Jewish heritage and would like support to learn more about Jewish traditions. Bakka would benefit from a family that attends church (either a Christian church or synaogue) regularly or who would support him in attending church as well as helping him expore these interests and beliefs.
Bakka hopes to have a family with parents who will love him and spend time with him. He hopes they have some flexibility in their work schedule so they can spend lots of time with him. He would do best as the as the only child in the home or in a home with older siblings so that he can build some of the experiences he longs for. Bakka has no preference for a mom/dad family, single parent family, or two mom/two dad family, as long as they have time to spend with him. He would like to continue to live with a family after he turns eighteen. He wants to have a family to spend the holidays with and celebrate special occasions, especially Halloween and Christmas. Most importantly, he just longs for a family who will make him their shining star.