Those who know Kyle best describe him as respectful, kind and a jokester. He is a deep thinker who is not afraid of asking the trusted adults in his life tough questions that help him to move through the trauma, grief and loss he has experienced. Kyle dreams of a home where he can have an upstairs bedroom with a TV in it, and have a big, safe back yard to play in. If that home happened to have video games, pets, an I-Pad and a swimming pool-Kyle’s checklist would be complete! Some of Kyle’s other favorite things include Pokémon, swimming, playing basketball, Chinese food and Captain Crunch cereal.
When asked to describe what attributes great parents for him would possess, Kyle describes parents who are nurturing, patient, understanding, kind, respectful, loving and who can commit to him through the good times as well as through the rough patches that he is bound to have as he navigates life with a new family. Kyle has been working diligently to move through his past hurts and is very determined and focused on developing new, healthier coping mechanisms and communication skills.
Kyle’s permanency team is searching for adoptive parents who have, or are willing to gain, a strong understanding of how exposure to extensive childhood trauma impacts all areas of a child’s growth and development. Prospective adoptive parents with a very authoritarian parenting style, or those who tend to power struggle, would not be a good fit for Kyle. Parents who offer choices, do not keep score in their relationships, can begin each day with a new slate and who are able to not personalize a child’s behavior would be a fantastic match for him! Kyle will also benefit from parents who will be strong advocates for him educationally and who can commit to supporting his ongoing need for therapeutic community services.
One last very important detail about Kyle is that he has other siblings that, unfortunately, he is unable to be placed with. The permanency team is searching for adoptive parents who value these important, existing family relationships and can continue to nurture them whenever it is safe and in his best interest to do so. An ideal fit for Kyle would be a family in which he was the only child, or the youngest child in the home.
If getting to know a bit about this courageous boy has sparked your interest, please inquire about Kyle today!