Meet Zalen

A sports lover through-and-through, Zalen has a gift for playing pretty much anything. He especially loves to shoot hoops, especially with the adults he spends time with. He loves to toss around the football, tennis ball, beach ball, really any kind of ball. High energy and so much fun, Zalen is even happy to just take a long walk or run, as long as it means he’s outside and moving. He likes to play Pokémon Go, which combines his love of video games with his love of being outside. Zalen is very happy to have his own Nintendo Switch to play games like Minecraft, Fortnite, and Mario Kart. It’s not just sports and video games, either! Zalen loves card games, especially Uno.

His great sense of humor is so fun. Zalen is always quick to reply with a funny one-liner or a silly statement sure to have everyone laughing. Friendly and outgoing, Zalen is quick to ask you how you’re doing with a genuine interest in the answer. He’s also super thoughtful and remembers personal details about people who are important to him. Zalen is smart and has a powerful memory.

Currently in the 4th grade, Zalen’s favorite subject is, according to him, lunch or recess. His teacher says he’s made great progress and has learned a lot, especially in math and reading. Zalen is most successful in school with lots of one-on-one guidance and support, even after school with his homework.

There’s so much Zalen’s team appreciates about him. His social worker says he’s honest and will tell you his true feelings when he’s able to express himself. They add that,

“He is truly fun to be around and there is never a dull moment when you are with Zalen.”

There are important connections in Zalen’s life that his future adoptive family will need to encourage and support throughout his life. The team is eager to hear from families with connections to services in their community that will benefit Zalen. Families that will champion Zalen in school and in the community while giving him a lot of one-on-one time are other important qualities his team hopes to find. They add that families with one or more highly involved father figures and few or no other kids in the home will be ideal for Zalen. Ideally, his future parent(s) will celebrate everything that makes this kid unique while providing the stable, loving, permanent he deserves.

If you can see Zalen in your family, please reach out to us. We’re excited to find him the adoptive family he deserves.