Ryan is a country boy who likes farm life, helping out with animals and being outdoors. He loves the
"country life" and even wears boots and has a big belt buckle. He is involved in 4H and is learning to
ride a horse. He enjoys fishing, camping, drawing and watching movies. In addition to his time
outdoors, he also likes to do art and draw "graffiti" style.
Ryan is very charming and conversational. He is a good and companion who interacts well with
adults. He likes to help out and truly values individualized time and attention from adults who care.
Ryan also has a good sense of humor - he can be pretty funny!
Ryan entered care in 2007 due to neglect and abuse in his family. He had several
moves in family foster homes before he was assessed by a residential facilty. Ryan then moved to a
treatment foster home where he has stayed for the last year and half and made great progress. He
has been able to work on past trauma and his behaviors have regulated.
Ryan has made progress in the last year in his schooling and is now doing half of his school day in
mainstream classrooms. He is behind academically but is working hard to learn and grow in his
contained classroom. He is well loved by the teachers and staff at the school and has made student
of the month twice in the last year.
His caregivers will need to understand how his past trauma
impeah his education and ability to learn and his caregiver will need to ensure his educational needs
are being met. They will need to advocate for Ryan as he continues in his schooling.
Ryan would like to have contact with his brother and appropriate biological family members in the
future. This would be important for him to maintain contact as he will have questions as he is gets
older about his biological family and he has expressed that it is critical for him to continue to have the
same close relationship with his brother that he has now.
Ryan would do best in a family with older or no children and may need supervision with peers to help
him with social skills and peer relationships. He has developed much healthier coping skills, but
sometimes feels the urge to "parent" younger children. He needs structure and activities to keep him
busy and focused on day to day activities. Like many adolescents, he can experience mood swings,
and sometimes needs some space in order to balance himself. He does best in a two parent home
with strong providers who can give him space when he requires it and are able to provide him with
one on one attention on a daily basis.
Ryan would flourish in a family home that is similar to his foster
home located in the country with plenty of outdoor activities and space to explore.
Ryan will need a family that is prepared to give him the attention he needs to become a successful
adult, to honor his connections to his biological sibling and family and be a strong advocate for
services and schooling that would benefit him. Ryan craves permanency and is eager to start his life
with his adoptive family.