Matthew is a terrific boy with some nice strengths. He is affectionate, fun-loving, and very energetic. Two years ago he made important educational gains, and in early 2010, he was Student of the Month! Although Matthew's impulsiveness has been challenging, he is more attentive, better able to follow directions, and less active and impulsive. He is a curious boy who loves to explore the world around him and can often be found wandering off if not properly supervised. Some of his favorite pastimes are riding his bike, skateboarding, playing video games, and dancing. Matthew truly enjoys listening to music and finds that it has a calming influence on him. Matthew benefits greatly from having a very structured home with adoptive folks who have an active lifestyle, strong parenting skills, and the ability to provide highly attentive supervision.
Matthew has had therapeutic supports in place previously to help him deal with issues of past trauma, as well as deep feeling of grief, loss, and abandonment, and Matthew's frequent nightmares. His treatment program also focuses are strengthening his boundaries and developing good personal safety skills. A high level of parental supervision helps Matthew stay on track and allows him to be redirected on the spot if needed.
Matthew's social worker wants to hear from nurturing couples and those great single moms and single dads out there who want to parent one or two boys. It would be wonderful for Of course, his adoptive parent(s) must have great pride in his heritage and see that he has regular opportunities to participate in the African American community. Having a good support system of family, friends, and community resources will also be important in helping Matthew succeed and flourish.