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Layla | September 2017

Date September 5, 2017 Author info@adoptontario.ca Categories Monthly Profile
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Layla loves to dress up and has an uncanny eye for colour and design. She enjoys looking at books to get ideas for drawing and colouring. Two of Layla’s favourite things are singing and the colour pink. She is a happy, bubbly and active girl who always wants to be involved with whatever is going on around her. In the past, Layla has participated in the children’s version of the Caribbean Carnival and has loved the lavish costumes and the music and dancing.

 

 

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LAYLA'S PROFILE

Age: Eight | Ethnicity/Race: Canadian/Guyanese/Black/Caucasian

Layla loves to dress up and has an uncanny eye for colour and design. She enjoys looking at books to get ideas for drawing and colouring. Two of Layla’s favourite things are singing and the colour pink. She is a happy, bubbly and active girl who always wants to be involved with whatever is going on around her. In the past, Layla has participated in the children’s version of the Caribbean Carnival and has loved the lavish costumes and the music and dancing. With her social, talkative and friendly personality she quickly charms everyone she meets and she likes to have the full attention of adults. Layla is happiest when she is playing outside. On a nice day she will play outside at the park or go for a bike ride. She especially loves going out on community excursions. She has completed swimming lessons in the spring and was proud of her progress. She attending a day camp for a week in the summer and is going camping with her foster family for the first time, which she is very excited about. She is a little ball of energy and can keep herself going from morning until bedtime without pause.

LAYLA BELIEVES...

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul."
- Martha Graham

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Personality Matching Considerations
Layla is friendly to everyone she meets, however she does need reminders about allowing people their space and having “quiet” time. Layla also does need support and redirection when around other children. She is currently receiving weekly support around building her social skills and boundaries. Layla would do best in a two-parent home with no other children. She also requires supervision around animals. Families who have young adult children (older teens, young adults) will be considered along with people who have previous adoption experience. Parents for Layla will need to be prepared for having a child who will need a great deal of repetition and role modeling in her daily life in order to acquire the skills she needs. A family within a certain geographical region is required to support openness. Layla needs adults to be very patient and understanding of her underlying need for emotional security. She requires people to be able to set very clear boundaries while also being extremely nurturing and relaxed. She would do best with a relaxed, outgoing family who enjoy doing lots of activities.
Special Considerations Academics

Layla is currently on medication to help with her focus. She would also benefit from involvement in attachment-focused therapy as she will need support in building healthy and positive attachments. A transition to adoption may take several months for Layla. She is currently having a difficult time understanding and absorbing the messages about her birth family and adoption. She will need support to help her manage her behaviours as she deals with her early life experiences and the journey with her new adoptive family.

Layla is currently in grade 4 and attends a small, specialized classroom. She is motivated to learn and receives some tutoring to help with her basic academic skills. She is doing very well in this classroom, and appears to like school. In the past, she has also received tutoring to help with her academics. Layla has also made good progress with reading. Layla will need an adoptive family to be closely involved in the school system, to advocate for services and maintain good communication with her teacher.
Openness Questions?
Layla is one of several siblings. She would do best with a family that will continue to support her in visiting with her siblings three to four times per year. She will also need continued contact with her current foster family to support with her transitioning to a new home.

Please see Layla's profile on the AdoptOntario Waiting Children list with the case ID 9671.

If you have questions about Layla, please contact Karisa Farinha, Clinical Coordinator for the AdoptOntario program at:

1-877-ADOPT 20 ext. 2555 or [email]


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