Jeannie is pretty “awwwwesome,” and her description of herself proves it. “I am brave. I am strong. I am pretty. I have achieved a lot of my goals.” Her worker adds, “She desires to be loved and supported unconditionally because, as she stated, ‘That is what family is.’” Another thing that makes Jeannie truly awesome is her caring and compassionate nature. For instance, if she had her wish, Jeannie would contribute $500 million to the poor and 500,000 mansions for people and pets. This incredibly centered young girl enjoys playing freeze tag, sharks and minnows and Skip-Bo, and she likes playing with her American Girl dolls. Jeannie is an active girl who likes jumping on a trampoline, riding four-wheelers and going swimming … but anywhere other than in the ocean because Jeannie doesn’t like the “creepy creatures” who inhabit them. Jeannie also enjoys tinkering with electronics, texting on the phone and interacting with pets and animals. Known as a foodie, Jeannie loves chocolate, pizza and hot wings. If Jeannie could visit anywhere, she’d travel to Jamaica to chill and get over her fear of those oceanic “creepy creature.” “She likes that it never snows and she could go to a nice beach to get a tan,” her worker says. When she’s asked about the qualities she wants in a future forever family, Jeannie is particularly awww-inspiring and says she wants to spend quality time with them.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover. Just because I do things you may not like, I am still a good person. I’ve been through a lot,” says Jeannie. Her worker says that Jeannie has made a great deal of progress in her current placement and has developed coping skills to manage her feelings. Jeannie responds best when she has a reward or goal. “Jeannie does well when things are organized and scheduled,” her worker says.

Jeannie would do best in a forever family with two experienced female parents or a mom and dad who can give her the one-on-one attention she needs. However, a single mom with a strong support network would be considered. Jeannie would do best as the only or youngest child in her new forever family. In addition, Jeannie’s new parent or parents should be patient and trauma informed. Her family also must be strong advocates for the services that will help Jeannie function at her best at home and in school.

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

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