13 years



Stephen is a precocious, fanciful, articulate young teen who is eager to be part of a family! He has a great sense of humor, strong level of curiosity, and great manners. It’s fun to spend one-on-one time with Stephen in part because he really seems to enjoy it. Stephen likes music, games, and having room to be active and move. Currently, his favorite activities include hiking, rock hounding/collecting, go-karting, and fishing. Another favorite pastime is reading, which is how he developed his extensive vocabulary!

In 8th grade for the 2016-2017 year, Stephen loves school and is working on his leadership skills. A bright, articulate individual, Stephen has incredible potential to excel in an academic setting. It is important that his adoptive family be ready to advocate for communication and learning styles that best match Stephen’s needs and to help him continue to make gains. Stephen learns best when information is presented in multiple ways and in small “chunks.”  Sometimes, he has a hard time recalling things he has learned in the past. In these situations, he responds well to reminders and lots of cues. Stephen does best in school when he has the opportunity to take breaks, have choices, and alternative ways of learning.

In counseling, Stephen continues to truly apply himself to developing and practicing new skills to increase his circle of friends and friendship skills. He is also learning how to take care of himself, and working on understanding different life events. He values counseling as part of his support system.

Stephen needs adoptive parents who will help him to find positive outlets for his energy. An active family that spends time outdoors and can help him to be involved in sports would be great. Recently, Stephen has been learning a lot about himself, and needs a family who will allow him lots of opportunities for self-exploration in a positive, affirming environment. He appreciates reminders of support as well as cues that it is okay to try new things.

Stephen would respond well to a highly nurturing family, who is also able to be direct, stand their ground, and be consistent. Hand in hand with these attributes comes the need to be flexible and gentle. Stephen can be impulsive, so it’s important that he has a proactive family that can anticipate temptations, but not be overly reactive when challenging moments occur. Stephen may engage in a push and pull kind of attachment where he sometimes seems very bonded and at other times seems to disengage. It’s important that his family can stick by his side during these times, but also allow him room to breathe if he truly needs distance.

Stephen wants very much to remain in the state of Washington. Therefore, his worker especially encourages Washington families to inquire. His adoptive family can look forward to a bright, caring young teen that is eager to have his own family. He has lots of new experiences to look forward to, so if you’d like to share them with him, please contact us soon!

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

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