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Dominick is affectionate, and can be very snuggly and loving. He often tells his foster parents that he loves them and wants a hug or kiss. He is a smart and witty boy who likes to laugh. Creative, he enjoys arts and crafts activities. Dominick needs to be kept busy as he has plentiful energy that benefits from healthy and active outlets. Dominick really enjoys video games. While he enjoys riding his skate board and bike, he tends to prefer indoor activities. A family would have fun introducing Dominick to new hobbies and activities! Dominick plays well with others but also plays very well alone. Although he shows leadership abilities, there are times that he doesn't share easily with others without supervision. He plays better with younger children rather than older peers due to his preference to be in charge.
Dominick came into foster care most recently in mid 2009. Because he is not yet legally free, interested prospective parents need to be licensed for foster care and have an approved adoption homestudy completed. This past June, Dominick was moved to a new foster family, which has been an extremely positive placement for him, and he is flourishing!
Dominick is currently in the third grade and is working at grade level. He enjoys math and reading. He is good about getting his homework done and turned in. Dominick does well with peers at school, but at times, he has some trouble interacting socially with peers. While he is able to engage initially, he is not always sure how to interact. Dominick mingles better with peers when it's not a group setting. Dominick does get along well with the other children in his foster home. Understandably, Dominick is hesitant to share some of his belongings because he is afraid other kids will break them.
Dominick has four half-siblings - two are his birth mother's children and two are his birth father's children. Dominick does not have an active relationship with his birth father, and has only had contact with his mother once in the past year.
Dominick has asthma and severe allergies to some foods. He is medically stable and has not had to be seen by his allergist in over a year. Dominick knows what foods he cannot have and doesn't try to eat them. His medications are controlling his asthma. Dominick is up to date on all of his immunizations and his dental work.
Although Dominick will for the foreseeable future need mental health services to help him sort through past trauma and feelings of grief, loss, and abandonment, it is possible that some of his behavioral issues may have been influenced by his allergies and/or allergy medications. Now that he has more structure and routine in his daily life, he no long has angry outbursts. He clearly functions best with a lot of structure and consistency.
Dominick would do best in an experienced, two parent household with older siblings, or as an only child. When asked to describe his "forever family" he said he would like a dad who would do things with him and a mom who would be there when he gets home from school. Dominick will thrive with a strong and involved male role model. He would also love to have a dog! Dominick needs a family who will commit to him and who will be patient with him while he learns how to cope with his feelings.
To find out more about Dominick, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine or call 1-800-926-2588. Dominick is available for adoption through the State of Oregon.
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