Ethnicity/Race: White or Caucasian
Christian is a sweet, affectionate soul who loves to give hugs to the important people in his life. Some of his favorite things include swimming, camping, RC cars, playing basketball and building with Legos-and he never turns down an opportunity for a good Nerf Gun war! Christian loves all animals, but especially hopes to have a cat or a dog of his own in his new adoptive home. Some of his favorite foods include pepperoni pizza and Subway sandwiches.
Christian has been through so many hurtful experiences in his young life, however his extremely resilient spirit shines through and he has worked diligently over the past year to learn new, healthier coping mechanisms to use when he is sad, frustrated or angry. Christian's difficult life experiences have led to both emotional and academic struggles and he presents as younger than his chronological age in some of these areas. He has difficulties with reading and writing and will need patient parents who are committed to helping him reach his full potential academically. Christian would shine an environment that is very structured both in the home and in school. While he struggles academically and will need a lot of help in school, he is very smart and recently made the A/B honor roll for the semester. He genuinely wants to do well and be successful in school, but can have a hard time focusing and staying on task. Christian can get easily overwhelmed in stressful or unfamiliar situations or when he feels like there is an expectation that he is not meeting, however he is also able to be easily redirected if a caregiver is able to recognize his triggers. Christian genuinely aims to do good and follow the rules but it is sometimes hard for him as he is FULL of energy! The most difficult time of the day for him is between the end of school and dinner and he will do best in a family that can provide additional support and structure during those times. A home that understands that he sometimes needs to just "go outside and burn off energy" would be a great fit for him! A family that can celebrate his small successes each day will be key to helping this special boy understand how smart, lovable and valuable he truly is.
Christian's permanency team is searching for a single or two parent family who has, or is willing to gain, knowledge about how exposure to significant childhood trauma can impact every area of a child's growth and development. Christian does not respond well to caregivers with a rigid or authoritarian parenting style but would flourish in a home where his adoptive family can be forgiving and understanding of his trauma and begin each day fresh. The best fit for Christian would be a home where he is the only child or a family with older siblings that he can look up too. Christian craves one on one time and wants to make connections with adults. He tends to seek out adults as role models and really craves healthy adult relationships. He needs a positive role model who has energy, is engaging, and genuinely cares about what he has to say- but who can also set clear and consistent boundaries and expectations. Christian has other siblings that he loves very much that he is unfortunately unable to be placed with. His permanency team is searching for adoptive parents who value these important, existing biological family relationships and can continue to nurture them whenever it is safe and in his best interest to do so.
Christian will make such a great addition to just the right family. If you believe that family may be yours, please inquire about Christian today!