Nikki is a typical teenager that loves to sleep in yet is very adventurous. Once she is up and going, she does not like to sit around! She likes to be out and about and if adventure isn't readily available to her she will find it. She states that her best quality is her desire to get along with people even though she admits that she struggles with that sometimes. Besides adventure, Nikki's other favorite activities include watching make-up and hair tutorials and practicing. She would love to be a cosmetologist someday and/or a tattoo artist. She is very creative!
Nikki likes school though the social aspect can be hard to deal with sometimes according to her. She also admits that it has been hard to think of and have goals and dreams for her future because of having to deal with life and be in survival mode for so long. She looks forward to having someone to support her qualities in positive ways so that she can think about those things. She does OK grade-wise in school and does not have an IEP.
She feels most comfortable with a mom so she desires a family with a single mom or two moms. She wouldn't mind extra siblings of any age, but feels she gets along best with same-age peers or babies. She likes living in town where she has access to fun activities. She would like to stay in Idaho, particularly the Treasure Valley where she has the most significant connections.
Nikki's Permanency Team feels that the best fit for her would be someone that understands the impact of childhood trauma on teens and emerging adults; someone that is flexible and supportive of Nikki's qualities, but can also set loving boundaries that give her the feeling of safety she needs. A family that can help Nikki gain tools in managing conflict is essential. Nikki's new family should understand the importance of, and support, contact with her sisters and other meaningful relationships in her life. This will be essential.
Nikki has been through a lot for her young age, is smart and has a lot to offer once she receives the healing and stability she needs. Her advice to other kids who are struggling – "Don't fear your fears; favor them. They won't be there your whole life – you just have to get through it."