Tony is a bright, athletic, and capable young teen of Native American and Hispanic heritage. Tony, who will be in 10th grade in the fall of 2016, is eager to learn and has a positive attitude towards school and homework.
With supportive adults on the home front and in the classroom, Tony is very capable of learning at grade level. With his excellent coordination, Tony excels at various athletic activities. He loves biking, playing video games, basketball and watching football. Tony also enjoys drawing, reading, and playing board games. Like most teenagers, he loves his electronic handheld devices.
Counseling supports are in place to assist Tony in working through his feelings of anxiety, sadness, and loss. He is also working in counseling and in his foster home to increase his social skills and his amiability to build friendships. When Tony feels connected to his therapist, he becomes truly engaged in the process.
Tony would do best with a single dad, or two-parent family who truly enjoy teenagers. Tony benefits greatly from having an adult nearby to to coach and redirect him when needed. He will also benefit from having adoptive parent(s) who can be strong educational advocates. The best fit for him would be adoptive parent(s) with experience with teenagers who can provide a consistent daily routine, with clear rules, expectations, limits, and consequences that have been discussed with him ahead of time. Connecting with Tony through positive parenting and the use of behavioral tools and techniques will give him the kind of support and encouragement to move forward in positive ways.
Having contact with his four silbings is a positive experience for Tony, and he will be counting on his adoptive parent(s) to help him maintain these important relationships. Tony also is close to a few boys at his current school. He would do well with older (almost adult) or younger children in his adoptive home. Of course, it will be important for his adoptive parent(s) to take pride in his heritage and provide opportunities for Tony to feel connected to the Native American community and culture.
If you are a family that would value being able to enjoy, encourage, and build upon Tony’s strengths, and engage with him in his many sports and recreational interests, his social worker would like to hear from you soon!
If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Tony or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.