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|Race:||African American/Black, White/Caucasian|
|Last Profile Update:||05/23/14|
If shooting hoops, tossing around a football, running to catch a fly ball or jumping into the deep end of the swimming pool are attractive entertainment options, than Darius would make a great match. He is full of spunk, vigor and activity. Although he prefers sleeping in till noon, Darius is all about sport. He is naturally gifted with athletic talent and energy. Already towering over most kids his age, Darius is taller than average and he enjoys the advantage that gives him on the basketball court. Darius is also a very social child and makes friends easily. When he isn’t moving his body, you’ll find him intently engaged in video gaming.
In many ways Darius is a typical pre-teen boy. He enjoys going to the movies and the occasional board game with the family. He is also into the latest technology and enjoys downloading music onto his MP3 player, surfing the internet and playing with gadgets. When riding in the front seat of the car he will not hesitate to switch radio stations frequently to find the right song. Darius has expressed an interest in learning a musical instrument; however has not yet had the opportunity to take lessons. He will need adoptive parents who will allow him to explore different activities to capture his full potential and talents.
Throughout his life Darius has maintained good health and kept up with regular well checks, immunizations and dental cleanings. Within the past two years he has complained of pain in his knees and ankles; however his doctor indicates this may be due to rapid growth in height, having grown close to eight inches in the past two years! The doctor suggested he wear athletic knee braces for added support if the pain bothers him during activity.
Darius has had to change schools frequently due to different moves. This interruption in continuity has left him with some gaps in knowledge and has affected his ability to maintain at a consistent level. Darius is a smart child and his grades fluctuate. Performing well is important to Darius and with consistent prompts and routines and help monitoring his assignments, Darius has shown he can perform well. He is currently achieving good grades in basic classes.
Darius has a large birth family, including sibling connections in Wisconsin, and maintaining these important relationships is essential to him maintaining a healthy identity. Interested adoptive families need to be willing and able to foster and encourage these relationships as he grows. He is still processing many losses, and needs an adoptive family who is very supportive of his overall family connections. Maintaining birth family relationships are very therapeutic for Darius, and help to qualm any anxiety that develops as he worries about their whereabouts and safety. As a child who likes to stay connected, he also has formed bonds with previous caregivers. Having a scattered past can be a source of frustration for Darius. It would be helpful for a family to help him sort through his history and create a timeline for him. There are a few important, positive adults in his life with whom he will also want to stay in touch.
Counseling services have assisted Darius previously. He receives help from some behavior management plans at school to keep him in check. Darius acknowledges he can experience challenges with his self-control and has been actively working on modifying his behaviors. He is responsive and can be re-directed. He responds to an incentive-based plan to help him make behavior changes and hold him accountable.
Consistent routines and clear expectations are very helpful in keeping Darius on track. When he knows what is expected of him, he strives to achieve this goal. He takes pride in accomplishments. In order for Darius to be most successful, he requires a family wherein he will receive a lot of attention and support. He would do well with a sibling who is older or close to his age. He requires a family, who is active and willing to participate in activities, attend sporting events and help Darius continue to be successful in team sports. His family requires patience and a willingness to keep him involved in therapy and who participates in therapy with him to strengthen the family attachment. His family should value education and provide assistance to ensure Darius continues to do well in academics.
Darius is bi-racial. His mother is Caucasian and his father is African-American. Darius has had primarily Caucasian influences and therefore self identifies more closely with this culture. He would benefit from a family supportive of his African-American heritage and willingness to provide cultural insight. Darius has also been raised in Christian families and celebrates Christian holidays.
Darius is eager to find his forever family. A strong male role model is very important to him and he has specifically requested a two parent family with an active father willing to be involved in activities. Darius is also a hearty eater and enjoys home cooked meals and helping in the kitchen. It is comforting to him to smell food cooking and to sit down to dinner with the family gathered around the table reflecting on their day. Darius also enjoys changing seasons and activities outside. He is fond of the snow and the heat of the summer. Darius would enjoy growing up in a safe community with the freedom to ride his bike to a nearby park to catch up with his friends. He likes pets, most specifically dogs.
Darius is a boy who has so much potential, given the right family who can help him to access and explore his many gifts.
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