Gary takes pride in his personality as well as his achievements. He likes people to know that he’s a good athlete who enjoys playing many sports. His favorites include football, hockey and basketball. As a matter of fact, Gary wants to become a professional basketball player when he gets older “then get rich,” he says. Even though he’s a bit shy when meeting new people, Gary enjoys making their acquaintance. “It takes him a while to come out of his shell, but once he does, he loves to talk and ask questions,” says his former foster parent. Gary is especially proud of his interest in science, particularly his favorite wild animals, which include sharks, tigers, cheetahs and monkeys. He also likes pets such as dogs, cats and fish. If he could visit anywhere in the world, Gary would travel to Cedar Point. “I want to ride roller coasters and eat popcorn and cotton candy,” he says. Gary also wants to ride a horse in Kentucky. One of Gary’s favorite things to do is pitch in with chores. “He’s a perfect little helper,” his former foster parent says. On his list of favorite things, Gary includes pizza and ice cream for food. Perhaps he has Olympic aspirations because Gary lists gold, silver and bronze as his favorite colors. However, he doesn’t have lofty expectations of a future forever family; he just wants one who likes spending time together and perhaps enjoys going swimming and visiting amusement parks.

Gary experienced trauma and receives services to help him process it. He does well academically.

Gary would do best with an experienced mother and father; however, other families would be considered if Gary can receive the attention and supervision he requires. His new parent or parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. The family must set clear boundaries and establish a consistent routine to help Gary feel secure. The family also must be strong advocates for the services that would benefit Gary. Finally, the family must be patient as Gary adapts to his new home and builds trust.

For more information, contact the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at 800-589-6273.

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