There’s little idle time in Dre’s world. Instead of shooting the breeze, he shoots hoops. He loves playing basketball any chance he gets. When he’s not playing it, basketball occupies Dre’s thoughts. He dreams of visiting Oakland, Calif., to see the Golden State Warriors in action, and he wishes to meet the team’s star player, Stephen Curry. In addition to playing basketball, Dre likes watching movies and going to the mall with his friends. Dre also enjoys dancing and listening to music, and he wants to become a music producer when he gets older. “He has begun writing songs in his spare time,” says Dre’s worker. Despite his active lifestyle, Dre takes time to chill outside on the weekends. He loves eating Mexican food, and he likes the colors black, red and gray. Dre’s favorite animals are dogs, especially pit bulls and German shepherds. With his future forever family, Dre wants to go to the movies and spend time outdoors. Of course, playing basketball with them would complete dream family.

Because he experienced trauma, Dre has some difficulty at times and would benefit from services to help him develop coping skills. The instability that Dre has experienced has impacted him, but he does well in school and says math is his favorite subject.

Dre needs a good deal of attention and would do best with two parents or a single parent with a strong support network. His new parent or parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child. They must be patient as Dre transitions into his new home and works through his past. Finally, his new forever family must be fierce advocates for the services that will help Dre function at his best at home, in school and in the community.

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

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