Lee’Aujanique, is a great girl with a smile that lights up her eyes! She likes to be called Lee, and is most responsive to adults who use praise and other positive reinforcements to engage her and to gain her trust and cooperation. Lee loves to play dress up, have her hair done and wear pretty, decorative barrettes, and pins in her hair. Lee also likes animals and visits with a therapy dog frequently.
Lee does struggle some with with anxiety from past trauma and attachment issues, which are exacerbated by her high energy and attention difficulties and by the loss of contact with her siblings. Although she is performing at grade level, Lee still requires additional supports in school to keep her on track and on task.
Lee needs a family that will be able to help her build positive peer relationships and help her manage her feels.
Lee is currently interacting with a “Practice Family” to familiarize her with healthy family life by visiting with the family and sometimes going to outside events and activities. The Practice Family is also assisting Lee in feeling less anxiety about adoption and to gain more focus on the advantages of having a family of her very own. At this point she is reporting that she really likes the practice family and wants to start going on outings; however with her history of attachment challenges the therapeutic practice family is moving slowly and taking their time to get to know her and she them. Lee has a habit of saying no to every suggestion on the first take but then often changes her mind quickly once she becomes more familiar with the idea and has a chance to think about it.
Being willing to participate with Lee in counseling during her transition into her adoptive home will be a very important way for her adoptive folks to show their love and commitment. Lee will also need a family who is willing to help her reconnect with her siblings.