Ryan tries his best to make sunshine out of a cloudy day, and he especially enjoys lifting the spirits of others. “Ryan enjoys telling jokes and making others laugh,” says his worker. The worker describes Ryan as “an overall happy child” who’s “very kind and considerate of others.” He’s also an active young man who likes swimming and riding his bike. “Ryan also enjoys listening to music on his IPod and doing word searches,” his worker says. Ryan especially takes pride in his cleaning skills and shows it by keeping his room spotless. When he’s asked about the qualities he wants in a future forever family, Ryan says he wants one who lives in the country and has pets.

Ryan receives services to help him process his past and develop coping skills to manage his feelings. He can have difficulty understanding directions and will benefit from a patient caregiver. In school, Ryan receives assistance to help him function at his best.

Ryan would do best with a mom and dad in a forever family in which he’s the only or youngest child. His new parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. “Ryan needs attention, reassurance and support,” says his worker. His new forever family must be fierce advocates for the services that will help Ryan thrive at home and in school. Finally, the family must be open to letting Ryan maintain his sibling relationships..

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

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