Luca from European Union
Luca was born in October 2005. While he is an overall healthy teen, his development is delayed, and he presents with stuttering and minor tics. He has been living in his current foster family since October 2017. Despite multiple challenges when he entered state care, Luca has been showing steady improvement in a variety of skills. His gross and fine motor development is on target and he now presents with more steady focus and a longer attention span, more stable memory, a growing imagination, and better intellectual functioning. The latter is evidenced by increasing IQ scores obtained via formal assessments. At this time, he meets the state educational standards, showing new skills and knowledge in all subject areas. Now a calm and confident teen, Luca has learned to control his emotions and rarely shows aggression. He communicates easily with peers among whom he is well-liked and with adults to whom he is respectful and polite. Luca has a history of instability from his years in his family of origin as well as multiple placements in state care. Nonetheless, he has a positive view of adoption and hopes for a permanent family. Luca ages out in less than six months, so we are looking for a family that is home-study ready or can quickly complete the home study process.