Credit and Appreciation go to: Ashley Carson Photography


Have you ever felt like the deck was stacked against you? Like no matter how hard you tried, it was just not going to turn out the way you wanted? So far, that has been a fair way to characterize life for our buddy Akiriam. Life’s not easy under the best of circumstances, but Akiriam has had to navigate things without much help. At home, he was the youngest in the family and was largely ignored by everyone around him. He had to fend for himself from a very young age for whatever he needed. At school, our shy and quiet Akiriam was bullied and harassed nearly every day. That kind of constant chaos and lack of support led Akiriam to develop some unique survival skills. He is wicked smart, so he learned how to manipulate almost any situation to his favor, often to the detriment of others around him. He never had a positive, trustworthy adult role model, so he struggles accepting the discipline from adults that he wants and needs. But Akiriam loves a good challenge. He responds really well when he’s presented with a challenge to try a new way or new approach to solving a problem. And the goal is super important – Akiriam loves being a part of a family. He really wants to experience what being a valued, wanted member of a family is supposed to feel like. We’re all really excited to see what Akiriam can become when he’s surrounded by a family that loves him and make sure he knows he’s an important member of the team.

Age: 14

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