BROTHERS: Jermaine & Princeton
Jermaine is described as a problem solver and a “very friendly” boy who “knows no strangers.” “He is good at math in addition to being very good with addition and subtraction problems,” says Jermaine’s worker. Jermaine enjoys being outdoors, riding his bike and playing football. When he gets older, Jermaine wants to become a firefighter. In some ways, Jermaine is already older than his age. One worker describes Jermaine as having “an old soul” and says that he is a peacemaker.
Jermaine shows some behavior issues at times related to the trauma he experienced. However, Jermaine receives services to help him process his past and develop coping skills to manage his emotions. He generally does well in school. “He is educationally on target and gets along well with his peers,” says Jermaine’s worker. She adds that a future forever family for Jermaine should be open to letting him participate in organized sports such as football.
Princeton is described as “very smart and intelligent for his age,” according to his worker. She also describes him as a friendly, loving and inquisitive boy who “is able to vocalize his emotions, thoughts and feelings.” In addition, Princeton is a people person “who knows no strangers,” his foster parent says. This gregarious young man has some specific favorite foods. They include slushies, fried chicken and chicken pot pies.
Because he has experienced trauma, Princeton displays some behavior issues at times, but he’s receiving services to help him process his past and develop coping skills to manage his feelings. He also receives services to improve his communication skills. Princeton can struggle at times with behavior in school; however, he generally does well academically.
A future forever family will need to be willing to adopt both boys. They would do best with two experienced parents who have knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. Their new parents also must be strong advocates for the services that will help Jermaine and Princeton thrive at home and in school. Finally, the boys would do best as the only children in their new forever family.
For more information, contact the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at 800-589-6273.