Hailey isn’t about to settle for just anything.
When it comes to money, she wishes for “a gagillion dollars.” And forget about being queen of England; she wants to become “queen of the world.” Her royal regalia likely would be adorned with hot pink, gold and silver since those are Hailey’s favorite colors. Give her a few years and Hailey might even sketch the pattern for her royal garb.
“Hailey wants to grow up to be a fashion designer, and she loves to draw,” her worker says. Hailey also dreams of traveling overseas to visit Barcelona, a city that she caught a glimpse of while watching a movie. “Hailey fell in love with the sculptures and fashion in Barcelona,” her worker says.
Even though she plans a career in fashion, this 12 year old has dreams of competing on the grand prix racing circuit.
On her list of favorite things, Hailey includes macaroni and cheese and pizza for favorite foods. However, she wants others to know she doesn’t care for cherries. She does like dogs, cats, chickens and horses and wants to show horses someday.
One worker describes Hailey as bubbly, social, creative and intelligent. Even though Hailey gets good grades, she can struggle with behavior in school, but those instances have subsided. She requires a good deal of one-on-one attention as well as redirection at home and in school. Because of her past trauma, Hailey struggles with her emotions but receives help to develop better coping skills.
Hailey would do best with two experienced parents in a home in which she is the only or youngest child. A single parent with a strong support system also would be considered. Hailey’s new parent or parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. Her forever family must set clear boundaries and provide constant supervision.
In addition, her family needs to act as strong advocates for the services that would be beneficial to Hailey’s success. Her family also needs to be patient and understanding as Hailey develops trust and transitions into her new home.
For more information, call 800-589-MARE (6273) or visit: www.mare.org.
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