Rion was eager to talk about all of the fun things he did this summer where he has the opportunity to go to California with his foster family.
'This summer one of the best things I did was go to Sea World,' he said. 'We went on a roller coaster and looked at Dolphins and the seals, too. We went to a show where the trainers do tricks with the seals, that was fun.'
Rion's curiosity and love for adventure is typical for a boy his age, but his long list of varied interests, well, that's uniquely him. He describes himself as somewhat quiet and a cartoon-lover who enjoys shopping. Legos, origami, swimming, crafts, video games, Star Wars and race cars are just a few of his favorite things. He is a big basketball fan and proudly cheers for the Phoenix Suns and their popular point guard.
'I like Steve Nash because he knows how to do a lot of tricks and shoots well,' Rion said. 'Basketball is my favorite thing to do.'
In school, Rion is a good student and he enjoys math. Rounding, decimals and division problems are not problems for Rion, merely a challenge waiting to be solved. He also enjoys writing. His teacher routinely asks the class to write about topics including weekend plans and highlights of the school week.
'Writing is my favorite because we usually do a lot of essays and I like essays and stuff,' Rion said. 'We read and then answer questions and then we write the answers. Then my teacher checks our work.'
Rion's adoption recruiter, said he is a caring young man with many interests who would flourish with proper guidance and a healthy, stable family life. She said Rion has a lot of offer a family and has the potential to be a happy and productive adult.
A two-parent home with experience raising children would be best for Rion. Structure and consistency are essential as well as fun and encouragement. He thrives with routine and a planned day-to-day schedule.
'The best family for me would be two brothers and a mom and a dad,' Rion said. 'I want them to be nice and to do stuff, like go on vacations.'