8848 - John - WA - Photo

15 years


John has a shy smile and a big heart. He considers himself a country boy as he loves all things outdoors, such as fishing, hunting, disc shooting and camping; and his favorite TV show is Duck Dynasty. He loves to tell jokes and talk about the activities he loves. Country through and through, John is truly an old soul who loves all the classic country artists like Johnny Cash and Kenny Rogers. If in the mood he may treat you to a rendition of “The Gambler!” Listening to old country music is soothing to him, and helps him to refocus if something is on his mind.
An active Boy Scout, John enjoys having regular meetings and the responsibility that comes with being part of a troop. A favorite activity with his troop is going camping! John is proud of the badges he’s earned and his First Aid/CPR certification. John has put some of his skills to work in the past, when he participated in a work crew (local park clean up) during the summer. The money he earned was used to buy a kayak! He is very interested in getting another a job like this and/or being an outdoor volunteer. His dream job is to be a game warden with the Fish and Wildlife Department. With that dream job, he’ll need his dream dog – a Golden Retriever!
John attributes his love of fishing and hunting to his grandfather’s influence. John’s grandfather is an important emotional connection for him. It will be important for John’s adoptive family to honor this connection.
Now in 10th grade, John enjoys history, woodshop, metal shop, and PE. He also loves many different vintage subjects, including black and white media, and classic cars. Currently two of his favorites include Outdoor Education, and a culinary class. He prefers having hands-on activities spread throughout the school day to give him a break from “staring at a computer screen” in the rest of his classes. While John has some learning needs, he achieved huge success last year due to his hard work and an amazing teacher. His improved academic performance gave his self-esteem a huge boost. He also continues to make behavioral and social gains.
While John may miss reading social cues and nuances around peers, he connects really well with adults. John is maturing and his behavioral growth shows a greater level of personal accountability and greater ease in directing and redirecting him when needed. John is also showing maturity by accepting situations as they are instead of letting the little things get to him. He is benefitting from participating in counseling, and likes having an open place to talk about what is going on in his life. It will be important for his adoptive family to support using such resources especially as John is settling into his new family.
John would like his adoptive family to love old country music and outdoor activities as much as he does! An older couple that enjoys participating in the community, and lives in close proximity to the outdoors could be ideal. John will need a family that is able to advocate for his needs in the community and school settings.
John’s social worker especially wants to hear from couples, but she doesn’t want to miss out on hearing from those exceptional single moms and single dads who have strong support systems of family, friends, and community resources. A nurturing adoptive family who can provide a structured environment with clear expectations, directions, and set time frames could be a wonderful fit. Because John truly enjoys having individual attention from the significant adults in his life, he could thrive in a home as the only or youngest child. Contact us soon to learn more about John!


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If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for John or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.


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