Meet Gary, a fantastic boy with an irresistible grin and a “magnetic personality!” People are drawn to this handsome boy. He is very outgoing, active, and loves attention. Gary is caring, and has a great sense of humor. He loves root beer and pizza. His favorite animal is a lion!
Gary’s favorite things to do right now are riding bikes and playing at the park. He loves being outside and active! With his athletic build, Gary is strong and fairly coordinated. Gary enjoys playing board games, watching movies, or building Lego’s. Gary also enjoys playing computer games on the laptop with his foster brother.
Gary is expressive when he holds conversations with peers and adults; he is used to using both facial expressions and his hands at times to sign when he realizes his peers or adults are having trouble understanding his speech. Gary has made huge improvements with his speech, and his patience allows him to communicate fairly well. Another strength is Gary’s memory.
Gary enjoys school and has always received positive reports regarding the progress in his school work and his continued successes with speech. He works so hard! In a positive scholastic environment, Gary has been demonstrating significant gains in all developmental areas.
Fairly easygoing, Gary usually takes direction and guidance well. However, like many children, there are certain times when Gary really needs the adults around him to rise up and provide that extra level of support, guidance, patience, and love. It is so hard for Gary to have uncertainty about his future and to wonder where he will be living next; he has weathered so much grief and loss. It is important that prospective adoptive parents understand Gary will need a very slow and thoughtful transition.
Gary does have some pre-existing bonds with a sibling and previous caregivers that he will need to be able to continue some openness with.
Gary has been faced with many challenges in his short life. Prospective adoptive parents will need to educate themselves about trauma and hardships, and the impact they can have on children. Gary is working on adding so many skills to his toolbox. He very much wants approval and thrives on pleasing others.
Gary has endured far too many moves, separations, and changes in caregivers. He really needs adoptive parents who will commit to stick by his side for good! A two-parent home is highly recommended for Gary, where he is the only child, or at the very least, the only young child. This will allow him to build a relationship with his caregivers without having to compete for adult attention and resources. Parents will need to be committed to advocating for him within the educational system, and spending ample time pursuing whatever supports he already receives or needs.
Gary will need for his caregivers to be calm and patient and able to devote a significant amount of time to spending quality moments with him. In turn, he will reward them with his endearing smile!