Christian is a really sweet little boy with a heartwarming smile and some big challenges.
He is on the Autism Spectrum, and he is something of a loner and very cautious about making friends. Initially, he is shy and introverted, but once he feels comfortable with a person he is out going and engaging.
Like a lot of 10-year-olds, he is also something of a know it all. He has very significant vision problems which cause him to have problems in school, particularly with reading. He has just started receiving services from the Center for Independence for the Blind which hopefully will help open up a whole new world for him.
Christian loves, loves, loves Legos and can make fantastic structures. He is very intuitive and very good at putting together balsa wood models even though he can’t read the instructions. He also loves playing games on his Xbox.
Christian is very active, but he does not play any sports and unfortunately has not been able to spend much time outdoors. He loved it though when he went on a special outing to the playground or water park. His favorite foods are deserts- any and all kinds- and so of course, his favorite restaurant is the Golden Corral. He loves dogs and might benefit from a therapy dog one day.
Christian craves attention and affirmation. He would do best in a family where he can receive lots and lots of one-on-one love and attention. He has never had a chance to experience many of the things other children his age have experienced and exposing him to these things should be an exciting adventure for both him and his family.
He also needs a home where he can have his own room and space. He also needs an adoptive family that will allow him to keep in contact with his older sisters and younger brother. Christian was born in April 2006.
There are more than 500 children in temporary foster homes in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. They have been abused, neglected or abandoned. While some may eventually return to their birth families, the rest will need adoptive families.
Families First Network is a community-based care agency that provides foster care and adoption services for children and families in the Northwest Florida area from Escambia County east to Walton County.
Families interested in adoption can contact Families First Network at 1-866-313-9874 in Pensacola.