Nine-year-old Jayden leaps up from the trampoline. Bounces high. He jumps again, with more vigor this time, and bounces higher. Bounces. Higher. Bounces. Higher still. Jayden’s afternoon at Flip Dunk Sports in Phoenix is a metaphor for his life over the last year or so.
“He is less timid about trying new things,” says youth advocate Jason Patrone. “His world is opening up.” Jayden is more engaging, more adventurous than he was. He is making great strides in speech and language skills. The growth is a product of the stability and structure found in his foster home. He would blossom even more in the security of a forever family.
“Jayden needs to know he can count on things being predictable,” Patrone says, adding “he does do well and will grow with people who will push him outside his comfort zone a little bit – try new things, go to new places.” Jayden will do best in a family with two parents who experience with communications disorders and the ability to advocate for him in the school system.
For more information about Jayden, please contact Info at (602) 930-4900 or via e-mail at Info@aask-az.org.