Rashad, at 15, is eager to leave foster care and settle into a permanent family, hopefully with two or three other children and perhaps a pet or two. He confides to his social worker frequently, “I want to be part of a family.”
He enters 11th grade this fall with a sterling academic record: he made honor roll with 5 As and 3 Bs.
Rashad earned a 100 in science, his favorite subject, and a 98 in math, his least favorite, demonstrating his determination and study habits.
He describes himself as “cool,” polite and caring. His No. 1 wish is to have a family to care about and one which cares about him.
He says he is an introvert and loves to spend time playing video games. Minecraft is his favorite, but he also likes Popular MMOS and Markiplier Cartoons are fun too, and he loves the Amazing World of Gumball.
He is eager to leave the world of foster care behind him and move forward with a forever family that will encourage his desire to be a parasitologist (one who studies parasites) or a pathologist as an adult.
Adolescence is a critical time in children’s development; the guidance and nourishment they receive from parents that love him unconditionally can make all the difference in the kind of adults they become.
Contrary to popular thinking, a prospective adopter does not need a lot of money to adopt and does not need to own his/her own home. The main requirement is boundless love to give a child who longs for security and stability.