Fredrick, who likes to be called Fred, is an outgoing and fun-loving kid with a competitive edge.

For example, he loves to challenge his friends to a soccer game or other activity. Fred enjoys playing basketball and football as well, and he likes playing video games such as "Modern Warfare" or "Grand Theft Auto."

When he's done playing, Fred might fill up by eating his favorite food, which includes steak and macaroni and cheese. "He shared that he is not a picky eater," Fred's worker says.

This 16 year old also likes to read about history and reports that his favorite subject in school is math, with gym in a close second place. His worker adds, "Fred is bubbly and personable.

Fred has a great sense of humor and likes to make other people laugh."

When he gets older, Fred wants to join the U.S. Marine Corps.

If he could visit anywhere in the world, Fred simply would want to travel to on vacation with his future forever family. Fred also wants to do the kinds of outdoor activities that he loves such as biking, hiking and four-wheeling. Fred also has stated a desire to attend church.

Fred understands that some of his behavior isn't good, but he also wants families to know that he is working on improving in that area. For instance, he uses drawing, reading, deep breathing and yoga as coping skills to manage his feelings.

Fred does better when people around him take time to listen, and he does well with consistency and structure in his daily routine. His worker reports he is proud of himself and all of the progress he has made, and recently added he is adjusting very well in his new placement.

Fred would do best with two parents, but a single-female parent would be appropriate if she had a strong support network. Fred needs a family who will be able to give him the one-on-one attention he needs. He also has stated a preference for pets, especially cats.

His adoptive family must be strong advocates for the services that would enhance Fred's success at home, in school and in the community.

Due to Fred's past disappointments, he needs a family who will make a commitment to him and who will be patient as he develops trust and transitions into his new adoptive family.

"Mostly," says his worker, "he wants a family who will respect him, love him and be there for him when he needs it most no matter what." It will be important that a family is open to letting Fred maintain contact with his two sisters and cousin.

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