Nathaniel is a friendly, kind and engaging young man with a great sense of humor! He says that sometimes people call him “Nathan” but that he prefers his full name. Nathaniel loves the outdoors and describes his ultimate vacation as a trip to Alaska, where he would “do lots of fishing, hunting, and hiking.” According to Nathaniel, if he had his choice of where to live, it would be on a farm because he would love to learn to ride a horse! Full of energy, this active guy also loves sports. Nathaniel was on the football team at one time and would like to someday try out for the wrestling, basketball and track teams. When asked about what he would like to be when he grows up, Nathaniel was quick to reply that he one day hopes to be a police officer.
Nathaniel presents as somewhat younger than his chronological age and has many therapeutic services in place. An adoptive family who is willing and capable of “meeting him where he is at” emotionally, developmentally, and academically is exactly what Nathaniel needs in order to move forward in these areas. Having at least one parent who can be a strong educational advocate for him will go far in helping Nathaniel regain academic ground and find the sense of success and accomplishment that all children need in order to reach their full potential!
Nathaniel’s team describes the best fit in an adoptive family for him as two parents who are calm, value routine and have a good balance between flexibility and structure in their home. Nathaniel does best in environments that are predictable to him and would thrive in a setting with parents who are able to be engaged, nurturing and playful. Nathaniel is open to the possibility of a family where he would have same aged or older siblings. Finding an adoptive family who has an understanding of trauma informed parenting would be a tremendous benefit to Nathaniel as well. This sweet and deserving boy is excited and ready to be a part of a new family and a bright new future…could your family be just the one he has been dreaming about?