Bright, engaging, and inquisitive, Dante is a delightful boy who thrives on 1:1 attention from his favorite adults. He is very responsive to and motivated by daily praise and encouragement from caregivers and teachers. Dante enjoys playing team sports, including soccer, football and basketball. Playing video games and reading are favorite pastimes (he is a good reader!), and he also enjoys expressing his artistic and creative abilities through drawing and coloring.
Dante’s foster parent tells us that he is really helpful with chores and loves to earn rewards for his good work! He’s great about making his bed, keeping his bathroom clean, taking the garbage out, etc. Dante is a very polite child who routinely uses ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. He clearly wants to please adults by doing things right.
Dante does really well when caregivers devote a lot of time and attention to him and provide a consistent daily routine with clear, one-step instructions or directions, and limits. While he still has moments of acting out, he is never abusive or destructive. His foster parent is working with him on being respectful and accountable. It will be essential that the adoptive parents chosen for Dante be able to utilize a non-punitive parenting strategy that focuses on building a sense of safety and security.
For the 2016-17 school year Dante is in 6th grade. During the past school year, Dante received top academic scores in his classroom each day. He was described as a kind, considerate student who wants to please others and is meticulous in his writing.
Dante’s social worker is looking for an adoptive family who will be able to spend a considerable amount of time with him building a relationship before he moves into the family’s home. Because of this need for extensive pre-adoptive visits, interested families in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho, especially, would be ideal. His social worker will still consider families outside of the Pacific Northwest, but they would need to be able to relocate here for several weeks.
Dante would thrive in a family where he would be the only child or the youngest with a few older, emotionally and behaviorally healthy kids to look up to. Having a stable, consistent family routine with patient, nurturing parent(s) will help Dante feel safe and learn to trust that his adoptive parent(s) are truly there for him. If you are a family that would love to have a bright, engaging, inquisitive, and playful son to parent, you will want to learn more about Dante soon.
If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Dante or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.