(After video was created, Israel changed his name from Isaiah to Israel.)

Israel is a cool outdoorsy kid with an amazing imagination. He enjoys playing sports outdoors, such as basketball and soccer, something he says he is most proud of along with “me being me.” Isaiah enjoys using his imagination while playing with Legos. “He will spend tons of time building with Legos and has recently gained an interest in the game ‘Magic: The Gathering,’” says Israel’s worker. When he’s ready to get active, Israel says he enjoys riding his bike and walking in the woods. “I like to discover new things,” says Israel. Israel also participates in horseback riding and Boy Scouts. On his list of favorite things, Israel includes Takis and tacos for food, black and any shade of pink for color and white tiger, snow leopard, cobras, lions, hyenas, cheetahs and most African species as favorite animals. If Israel could visit one place in the world, he says it would be Mexico. “I want to go there to study the language and culture,” he says. When he gets older, Israel wants to become a Marine or a forest ranger. If he had three wishes, Israel would want five. They are “having my own video games, 1,000 gold pieces, having a pet tiger, having a family and having brothers,” Israel says. When he’s asked about the qualities he wants in a future forever family, Israel says he simply wants one who’ll do fun things with him such as shopping, going to the zoo and beach and playing video games.

Israel loves to be nurtured and is able to build healthy relationships with people he trusts and is comfortable with, but can struggle with expressing his emotions. He wants people to know he is learning skills to regulate his emotions and behaviors. He enjoys one on one attention from adults, while sometimes struggling to relate with his peers.

An adoptive family for Israel will need a great deal of knowledge regarding the impact of trauma on children’s development, relationships and behavior. The family should demonstrate empathy for Israel’s past experiences while holding him to a high standard of behavior and achievement. It would be best for Israel to be placed in a home where he is the youngest child. The family should be willing to assist Israel in maintaining a relationship with his sister and they should be good nurturers who will model positive relationships for Israel. The family will need to be actively involved with support services to help him achieve a bright future.

For more information about Israel (C08911), contact the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at 800-589-6273.

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