Ari is a lively, silly, and chatty 13-year-old who has a laugh that is very contagious! Ari easily warms up to others and enjoys participating in conversations. She likes to verbally process and is not shy about sharing her opinions with others! Ari is very relational and would rather spend time with adults over same-aged peers. She has a variety of interests including video games (specifically the Dance Dance Revolution series), trying out new restaurants, and shopping. Ari loves to shop for anything and everything, and appreciates being able to shop for others even more than shopping for herself. Her thoughtful side really shines through during shopping trips. For example, if she sees something she thinks a peer or adult in her life would like, she wants to get it for them. Ari is also interested in exploring different makeup and hair styles. She wants her next style to be, “braids or extensions that are really long!” Ari enjoys being able to help others. When given the opportunity to lead, she proves herself a strong leader.
A Family for Ari
When Ari thinks about permanency, she has pretty concrete and unique ideas. For example, she has been consistent in saying, “I want a mom in her 20s or 30s. 39 is okay but not 40 because that’s way too old”. Regardless of age, Ari would do well with a single mother or a two-parent family that is patient, committed, and has a thorough understanding of how trauma affects development and behaviors. Ari would benefit from a family that enjoys spending time and doing activities together as well as introduce her to new opportunities and interests. Ari would do best as the only child in the home, but adult children would fine. Ari should not be in a home with younger children. It is important that the family understands race and culture and can support Ari as she explores her biracial identity. Ari wants to live in a safe neighborhood in an urban or suburban setting.
Ari is interested in exploring different makeup and hair styles. She wants her next style to be, “braids or extensions that are really long!”