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Meet Elijah

Age:
14
Gender:
Male
Ethnicity:
Caucasian, Hispanic
Elijah describes himself as “fun to be around”. He is described by others as, “respectful, polite and bright.” He is a relational youth and enjoys balancing socializing with others and having some alone time. He can come off as reserved and quiet when you first meet him but slowly opens up the more time you spend with him. His smile lights up his face and is contagious. Elijah enjoys both indoor and outdoor activities like watching movies (especially comedies and action movies), playing video games and going to the cabin. Elijah recently learned how to swim and practices his skills both in the pool and in the river that runs by the cabin. His 1:1 instructor said, “He’s one of the best students I’ve ever had.” Elijah enjoys talking about sports but doesn’t necessarily like to play them. Elijah listens to music, but only rap, he likes to listen both with headphones and in the car with the windows down. Elijah has a healthy appetite and is not a picky eater. His favorite foods are, “salad (Olive Garden’s) and pizza – both regular and dessert pizza. The apple cinnamon one is my favorite.” As for pets, he is not picky but would “not like reptiles or any animals that could kill you.” But he likes any other type of animals.

When thinking about a family for himself, Elijah pictures a “happy and fun family.” Elijah will do well in a family that is stable, positive and consistent while providing him a sense of belonging. Elijah would do well in a home where he is the youngest in the home or if he had slightly older siblings or even adult siblings. Flexibility is another word Elijah used when talking about future family characteristics, “flexible parents means if something happens, wanting to talk about what happened and take a breather, ‘not your ground for a month’ with no discussion. Communication is important to me.”   Elijah would thrive in a family who can nurture him and provide opportunities to do extracurricular activities in the community as well as do things together such as going to the movies, riding bike, or attending an event. Elijah wants a family who can help him achieve his goals of graduating from high school and college. Staying connected with his birth family is also very important to Elijah. The family would need to help maintain and grow his current connections. Elijah envisions staying in the suburbs of the twin cities metro area.
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