Jacob stands better than a sporting chance to achieve his ambitions. After all, his worker calls Jacob a strong-willed, brave and courageous young man who’s a joy to be around. “Jacob is a smart and bright young man,” the worker adds. He’s athletic, too, and loves watching and playing sports, especially football and basketball. Jacob lists playing sports as his favorite thing to do with friends and playing basketball as his favorite after-school activity. His wishes include playing in the NBA. If Jacob could travel anywhere, it’d be a cruise to the Bahamas because it seems a natural fit. “I like to swim, it’s very warm and I like the beach,” Jacob says. On his list of favorite things, Jacob includes navy blue for color and cat for animal. His favorite food is any kind of chicken. When he’s asked what he takes the most pride in, Jacob says, “When I turned my behavior around.” The most important thing Jacob wants others to know about him is, “I am very friendly and can easily talk to others.” Since he likes football and basketball, Jacob hopes for a forever family who enjoys sports. He looks forward to having fun with them and just enjoying each other’s time together.

Jacob does best with consistency and a schedule to follow. Jacob receives services to help him function at his best. He generally does well in school and says science is his favorite subject.

Jacob has stated a preference for a two-parent forever family with one or two other children. His parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child. His new forever family must be patient with Jacob as well as he transitions into his new home. His family also needs to be strong advocates for the services that will help Jacob thrive. Finally, since Jacob has a strong bond with his older brother, the family must be willing to let him continue this relationship.

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

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