We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again…don’t let a teen’s past define his future. Everyone can have – and then overcome – overcome a rocky start, right? It’s up to us to give grace and not hold a child’s past actions against them forever. Our buddy Charles has some bumps in his past. When he would get upset, anxious, or scared in the past, he used to react aggressively and angrily. He’ll be the first to admit that he didn’t react the way he should have. But he’s older now, and he’s realized that he can’t allow his emotions to drive his actions all the time. He’s also learned some really creative and positive coping skills, like art and origami. He’s realized he has some artistic talent, and it’s given him a great channel for those emotions. Like all of us, Charles is still a work in progress, and some days he still gets emotional and can get a little defiant and upset. But he’s learned to accept help in cooling off with some good old-fashioned one-on-one attention. It’s been great to see him using his coping skills, which lets us see a lot more of the “real” Charles – the young man who loves the outdoors and doing things like baseball, fishing, and camping. Charles is like every other young man his age. He’s a teen, which means he has bad days and reacts before thinking at times. But most of the time, he’s just Charles. A good kid who’s been through a lot and who just wants to be home, with you. It’s amazing what feeling safe, stable, and wanted can do to a teen’s behaviors. We see it all the time. Don’t sleep on Charles – he’s a great young man who’s going to be an amazing son and brother for the right family.

Age: 16

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