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Wednesday’s Child: Dakota

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MEDFORD, Ore. — This week’s Wednesday Child is a boy with a big smile and a unique voice. Dakota is looking for a forever family and we have the rare opportunity to hear from the woman raising him now to get a feel for what it might be like to share Dakota’s life.

Dakota, 4, is a boy with a song in his heart and a smile on his face. Geri is Dakota’s foster mom. Dakota was a lot more interested in playing than talking, so Geri told us about the boy she’s seen overcome some serious obstacles in his short life.

“He seems like a pretty good guy,” said Geri. “He’s cute, he is very loving, he has a lot of great qualities […] He wants lots of hugs, he’ll sit on your lap. He tells you he loves you […] he’ll come up and say, ‘I love you, Geri’ and that’s pretty cool.”

This loving little boy also has some practical traits that will endear him to a family that likes things neat or wishes they were.

“He’s very orderly he lines thing up,” said Geri.

We saw that play out as Dakota had to find all the plastic balls outside of their box. There was no playing in the balls until all of them were in their place. He also knows what he doesn’t want, like help putting on his shoes.

Dakota loves to have people recognize his achievements. Dakota is smart and loves to be challenged and has a long attention span, for a four year old in a brand new environment, with great things to play with everywhere he looks.

Dakota may continue to have challenges as he gets older but from the woman raising him now, a simple message for his new family: “Don’t give up on him because he’s worth it.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Dakota, foster care or adoption, contact the Department Of Human Services Child Welfare Division at 776-6120 ask for extension 264.