Dakota

 12 Years Old

Qualities: Loves football, baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals

Meet Dakota…

“I’d like a family that will play sports with me, take me on vacations and teach me about the world. Take me on a jet! I am dying to fly! I’m fun to be with!”

Dakota has reddish-blonde hair, freckles and a cheerful smile. He is alert and attentive and likes to laugh and tease. He is a sweet youth who is eager to please. Dakota maintains B’s in his public high school. He is totally into games and sports such as basketball. He is never without his music, and is a huge hip hop fan.

What Others Say about Dakota …

Dakota, like any adolescent, often tests limits of authority. He has learned to take time-outs to manage his moods effectively. He likes having a consistent therapist. He is very bonded with his younger sister and it has been hard for him to see her placed in a different foster/adoptive home. Dakota responds well to incentives for positive behavior. He has a limited awareness of the greater world and he can easily be dazzled by natural and cultural resources.

What You Can Do for Dakota …

Dakota is a St. Louis Cardinals fan! He played baseball and football in his current high school, and he tries very hard to earn a place on his team. With your encouragement, he will make an all-out effort. He’s not afraid to reach out for support and attention.

Dakota is able to interact appropriately with peers and adults most of the time, especially when adult supports are available. He has a strong ability to form relationships. He needs consistent, caring parenting to help him understand the consequences of his behavior and the importance of exercising self-control and good judgment. Dakota is in a non-relative traditional foster home and has made tremendous progress. He is very anxious to be part of a loving family, with an older sibling if possible and a lot of room to play. A transition to a permanent family will undoubtedly cause him to blossom as an individual. He definitely needs a dad to guide his development as a young man and help him develop a vision for his future. It is also very important that bi-weekly visits with his sister continue.

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Dakota’s photographs were created by Susan McConnell, Founder of Let It Be Us

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How You Can Help Dakota

Dakota is a St. Louis Cardinals fan! He played baseball and football in his current high school, and he tries very hard to earn a place on his team. With your encouragement, he will make an all-out effort. He’s not afraid to reach out for support and attention.

Dakota is able to interact appropriately with peers and adults most of the time, especially when adult supports are available. He has a strong ability to form relationships. He needs consistent, caring parenting to help him understand the consequences of his behavior and the importance of exercising self-control and good judgment. Dakota is in a non-relative traditional foster home and has made tremendous progress. He is very anxious to be part of a loving family, with an older sibling if possible and a lot of room to play. A transition to a permanent family will undoubtedly cause him to blossom as an individual. He definitely needs a dad to guide his development as a young man and help him develop a vision for his future. It is also very important that bi-weekly visits with his sister continue.

Foster Care Information

Status

Available

Case #

Illinois - 0101V6660601

Gender

Male

State

Illinois

Last Updated

6/5/17