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Adam is an energetic young man. He loves sports, especially baseball. Adam can be a positive and caring person. Aside from baseball, he likes bike riding and drawing. Adam describes himself as “fun and active.”
His worker notes, “Adam has a great smile and enjoys being a kid.”
Adam can be shy at first when meeting new people, but is generally a teen of few words.
Adam is learning how to develop positive coping skills when managing his emotions. He can become easily frustrated and is working to find appropriate outlets to express himself through trying times.
At school, Adam has the ability to do well and benefits from assistance to help him reach his fullest potential. He would do well with guidance on establishing and maintaining appropriate peer relationships.
Adam is in need of an adoptive family that can provide him with a loving, consistent and structured home. The family should have experience or knowledge of parenting children who have overcome difficult pasts.
Adam would benefit from a family that will be patient, encouraging and able to hold him accountable for his actions. He does best with positive affirmations and open dialogue within the family dynamic. The family must be active advocates for Adam to help address his emotional or educational needs.
In addition, the adoptive family must be able to seek out and continue any support services that would be beneficial to Adam’s well being.
Nicholas, who goes by Nick, is a polite and caring teen. He is funny and reported that he likes to make others laugh. Nick is generally happy and is very intelligent. He enjoys playing video games and trying new things. Additionally, Nick likes to be outside, ride bikes and dance.
Nick has overcome a difficult past. He is working to develop positive skills to help manage his emotions when they get the best of him. Nick enjoys school, but can have some difficulty in class. He is learning to not let others affect him and build positive peer relationships.
Nick would do best in a two parent family that can provide him with a loving and patient home. The family should provide a structured environment with clear and consistent rules and expectations. The adoptive family should have some experience or knowledge of parenting children who have overcome traumatic pasts. The family will need to continue and seek out any additional support services that could be beneficial to Nick’s needs. It is important to Nick that he is allowed to maintain close contact with his sisters, as these are significant relationships to Nick.
Preston is a pleasant young man to be around. He can be shy at first, but lets his personality shine through once he gets to know you. Preston loves being outdoors and enjoys participating in many different kinds of sports. He looks forward to having an opportunity to participate on a team in the near future. Preston likes to go camping, fishing and out to ride his bike. He would like to live in or near a country setting so he can have a lot of room to play. Preston is very anxious to meet his forever family!
Preston has made great progress in his current treatment program and has learned many new coping skills. He tries very hard to put those skills to use and is still working hard on effectively managing his emotions. He benefits and thrives in a structured environment and likes it when others follow the rules so he knows what to expect. Preston has noted that he enjoys school and benefits from being in a smaller class so he can work hard and follow directions in a less stressful environment.
Preston would like to have a forever family that is going to love him for who he is and will take good care of him. He is in need of an adoptive family who has experience or knowledge of parenting children who have overcome tumultuous pasts and are working hard to move through emotional issues. The adoptive family should provide Preston with a consistent and structured home with clear rules and consequences, as he does best in this type of home environment. Preston would benefit from being the only or youngest child in the adoptive home with much older siblings who can be positive role models for him. Preston would do best in a home with no pets or with a family who will closely supervise Preston around animals.
Lashana is an outgoing teen with a beautiful smile. She likes school and is fulfilling her potential by doing well in her studies. Lashana notes that reading and social studies are her favorite subjects. She is active and loves to play volleyball and basketball. When Lashana grows up she would like to attend college and become a lawyer. She enjoys spending time with her best friend and visiting with her siblings. Lashana notes, “I like to go shopping on the Internet and talking on the phone with friends and family.” She adds, “My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my sisters and brothers!”
Lashana enjoys talking with others, but will shy away from answering any questions regarding her personal feelings. She is really working hard to make positive decisions and is making an effort to react to her frustrations through appropriate outlets. Lashana has made progress in her therapy and continues to work on managing and expressing her emotions on a consistent basis. At school, she has done well in her classes and is learning to develop positive peer relationships.
Lashana has been working hard in her therapy to prepare herself to transition into a forever family. She would benefit from a family that will be very nurturing and caring. The family should be able to show her that she is loved and will offer her stability in her home life. Lashana does best with clear rules and a family who will be firm with their expectations and consequences. It will be important that the family will be active in her current support services and also be willing to seek out any additional services, if needed. It is important to Lashana that she is able to maintain close contact with her siblings through visitations, as they are integral relationships to her.
George, Devin and Cameron
George would like families to know, “I’ve had a hard past but I will do better in a calmer place with more freedom.” George is a charming young man who enjoys wrestling and other sports. George enjoys cooking and baking. When he grows up, he would like to become a pastry chef.
Devin would like others to know, “I am talented at a lot of things.” Devin has a great sense of humor and could be described as a “jokester.” He likes to entertain others and be the center of attention.
Cameron wants families to know, “I am athletic!” Cameron is a shy, sensitive and loving young teen. He wants families to know that he loves sports and hopes he can continue to play them when he is adopted. Cameron is especially enjoys wrestling, like his brother George.
George, Devin and Cameron are in need of an experienced adoptive family who can adopt them together. The boys would benefit from a family that can provide them constant supervision and guidance in effectively and positively managing their emotions regarding their difficult past. The family must be active advocates for the boys at home, school and in the community to ensure all of their needs are being addressed and handled accordingly. The adoptive family must be able to set clear and firm boundaries in the home to ensure the ideal environment to help the boys continue to make progress during their adjustment to the adoptive home.
Samuel, who goes by Sam, is a teen who is always eager to help. He always has a huge smile on his face that can light up any room he’s in. Sam is playful, funny and sociable. He enjoys building and playing with model airplanes. Recently, Sam has started to enjoy playing different sports. He does well with one on one attention when learning something new.
Sam can struggle with appropriately venting his emotions when he becomes upset. He has overcome a difficult past and is learning how to be more accepting of positive situations, without waiting for something chaotic to happen. Sam has great social skills and interactions with others, but can struggle when trying to understand situations going on in his environment. He benefits from additional guidance in establishing and sustaining a consistent routine. In addition, Sam could benefit from learning how to maintain positive peer relationships.
Sam would do best in a strong two-parent home where he could be the only child. The family must be patient and understanding of Sam’s needs. A family that has experience or knowledge of parenting a child with emotional, developmental and educational needs would be best for Sam. The adoptive family must provide Sam with a nurturing environment that will both stimulate and challenge him to progress and grow into his fullest potential. The family will need to continue and seek out any additional support services that would be beneficial to his well-being. Sam has a soft spot for animals and would do well in a home with pets. Additionally, Sam has some contact with an older brother, through phone calls and letters, which should be continued after he is adopted.
Don is a caring and energetic child with a good sense of humor. He enjoys playing basketball, video games and being outside. Don is an intelligent young man and works very hard in school. He enjoys and thrives with one on one attention and positive reinforcement. Don likes being a comedian, often telling jokes or doing things to make people laugh.
At school, Don does well with support and assistance to guide him in putting forth his best effort. He would benefit from a family that can offer him guidance on developing and sustaining positive peer relationships.
Don is in need of a strong and supportive family who will provide him with consistent rules and boundaries. The family will need to reaffirm the consequences of his actions and how they affect others. The adoptive family will need to be patient with him and show him understanding as he transitions and adapts to his new home. Don would benefit from having a big brother and positive male role-model to bond with.