When initially meeting Gabe, you may think he is quiet and shy… But once he opens up, Gabe is talkative, friendly, and has a GREAT sense of humor. Gabe is quite tall for his age and often mistaken to be older than he really is — when really, he is just a fun loving teenager whose got jokes and likes to stay active. He enjoys playing basketball and football and is quite athletic and competitive! Gabe puts a lot of effort in staying in contact with friends and maintaining good grades. His hope is to always ﬁnish strong.
Gabe loves music. He especially loves hip hop and rap. Once you get to know him, there is a good chance that you will get to witness him being comfortable and having fun while rapping to his favorite beats and artists. When facing challenges, he may initially feel it is impossible, but Gabe has always shown a great sense of curiosity and determination to explore what he is capable of doing before accepting defeat.
The right family for Gabe will be transparent in their intentions, capable of role modeling accountability, and ready to demonstrate commitment and follow through with actions. Gabe values honesty and being truthful especially with adults as he yearns for meaningful relationships and connections. Once Gabe has a relationship with an individual, he will place a lot of trust in them and really take to heart— their words and actions. Gabe needs a family who can support him in his areas of interests, dedicate time to watch him grow, and guide him in learning to make healthy and safe decisions.
He does best with structure, clear expectations and having someone who is open to all of who he is, knowing he is not perfect. He will likely thrive with a traditional two parent home, and many sibling compositions will be considered. Gabe will need a family that can help navigate complicated birth family dynamics.
That every young person whose life has been disrupted by trauma and subsequent child welfare intervention will be restored to a safe, permanent family with an urgency that honors the brevity of childhood.