Grant Me Hope: Draven

In today's Grant Me Hope, we want to introduce you to a child who is in need of a forever family. As part of our partnership with the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, Teddy's Transport, and Pathways Michigan, we want you to meet Draven.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Draven wants to experience the great outdoors. He dreams of learning to hunt and fish, preferably with his future forever family teaching him.

When this 12 year old gets to be an adult, he wants to become a Navy Seal or a CIA agent “to save the country.” This big dreamer wants to travel to Lego Land because “they have cool rides.”

On weekends, you might find Draven coloring pictures of superheroes, Batman, Superman or Star Wars figures. Or, you might find him playing video games, something he also likes to do after school. In fact, Draven dreams of owning his own PlayStation 4 game console someday … along with a dirt bike.

With his future forever family, Draven not only wants to hunt and fish, but he also would like to watch YouTube videos together or have a family game night playing video games.

Draven can be shy, but once he gets to know a person he is very outgoing. He has had behavioral issues in the past, but he is doing better in his current placement. As a matter of fact, Draven prides himself in making better choices regarding his behavior. In school, Draven struggles but is receiving help to improve his performance. He reports that he likes school, especially math.

Even though Draven has had disappointments in the past, he still wants to be part of a family.

He would do best with two experienced parents who can give him the supervision and one-on-one attention that he needs. Draven should be the youngest child in the home. His family should be willing to educate themselves about and advocate for the types of services that will help Draven thrive throughout his childhood.

For more information: 800-589-MARE (6273) or visit:

Grant Me Hope is a collaboration between My West Michigan, Pathways MI, the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the business community. Each Tuesday, a different child/children will be featured.

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