9 years


Tommy is a sweet boy with a bright, happy smile. He loves being part of a nurturing family that provides lots of daily structure and routine. He is making great progress with the support of his current foster family, teacher and school program. Tommy really does well when he has a caring adult nearby to help him select structure activities, such as creating with Legos and blocks, coloring, learning about historical stuff, and exploring outdoors. Outdoor activities are among his favorite pastimes, but movies are a close second especially if they involve dinosaurs or Legos! Given his love of animals, Tommy would be delighted to have a family pet or two.

Tommy’s love of team sports not only provides the structure and routine that helps him do well, but also helps him to build his social skills with peers and other children.

When Tommy feels a sense of control in his life, and has something he enjoys focusing on (like coloring a certain picture), it helps him to feel secure. Tommy is best able to process his feelings of frustration when he is prepared ahead of time for transitions, and any changes in his routine. He does best when he has limited choices.

Tommy enjoys participating in counseling and is proud of having learned to identify several emotions. He is working on learning to more easily recognize his feelings and how to process them and respond in positive ways. For instance, being able to identify when he is feeling frustrated allows him to use some of the strategies he’s learned to calm himself. It will be important for his adoptive family to be supportive of using such resources, especially as Tommy is settling into his new home.

Now in 3rd grade, Tommy has made great improvements in his reading and writing, and is benefiting from having supports in other academic and personal growth areas. Behaviorally he is well supported by the level of structure in his school program; a significant amount of structure helps him to be most successful. He does best when there is a caring adult nearby who is able to redirect him as needed when playing with classmates. His favorite thing about school at the moment – recess!

Tommy, who has demonstrated good ability to form attachments, looks forward to being adopted and having his own nurturing family that understands his need for consistency, structure and routine. Tommy will do best as the only child or the youngest of one or two older children. A few older siblings who could be good social and behavioral role models would give Tommy a nice boost forward. If you are a committed, patient couple or a single parent who would like to be there to grow with and encourage Tommy, and who will help him harness the momentum that is proving to be so important in his current forward progress emotionally and behaviorally, we want to hear from you.

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

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