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Smiling, active 9-year-old needs a home

Just one look at Michael and his warm smile will charm you. Michael is a very active child who enjoys roller hockey, soccer and basketball, just to name a few.

Due to abuse and neglect in his birth home, he was placed in foster care three years ago. At age 9, he attends the fourth grade and is behind in most subject areas. He is easily distracted in class and receives special education in school.

Michael is very polite and helpful. He thrives on positive attention. He has a difficult time trusting adults and peers but is able to form relationships once that trust is formed. He tries hard and wants others to like him.

Michael attends weekly therapy to help address issues surrounding his post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders. Therapy will need to continue after placement.

He sets admirable goals for himself and dreams of one day becoming a doctor or fireman. All two-parent or single-father families will be considered. Michael has an older brother with whom he would like to remain in contact. Financial assistance is available for medical care and therapy.

Editor's note: Each week the Deseret News profiles a special-needs child available for adoption through The Adoption Exchange, 1065 E. 3300 South. Anyone interested in a child may call the exchange at 801-412-0200. The Adoption Exchange in connection with the state Division of Child and Family Services also has a Web site featuring waiting children.