Sunday’s Child: Mason, 14

Mason, 14

Meet Mason, future basketball star! He’s ready for a single parent or couple that will be there to share all the highs and lows of his life.

“My name is Mason and I sleep, eat and think about basketball. I also love playing basketball. I have only been playing for about two years now, but I practice almost every day for about two or three hours. I’d like to play at the college level one day. I’d like to play for the Golden State Warriors or maybe Duke. My dream vacation would be to go to Chicago one day and watch the Chicago Bulls play. Derrick Rose is my favorite player. My favorite subjects in school are P.E. and history. I dislike science. I am not a science type of guy. I enjoy reading; sometimes I read before bed. I finished “The Hunger Games” series. I’ve seen all the movies, except for the last movie.

“I have a few people I’d like to stay connected with, mainly my grandparents and my younger brother. It doesn’t matter to me if I have a mom, dad or siblings. I just want a family who isn’t going to give up on me. I’d also like a family who’s into sports and physical education. I’d be OK if they had a cat. I like dogs too, but only if they don’t lick my face off.

“When I'm upset, I need a family that can give me space. From what I’ve learned so far, I know that when I get frustrated or mad, I can listen to music, draw or go for a walk. It gets my mind off what I was mad about and helps me get in a better place.”

According to Mason’s adoption caseworker, this teen would do well with parents who could support him at school, at sports activities and with whatever services he might need to access in his community. It would be great if they have flexible hours at home/work and can be actively involved in his education. He missed a lot of school and has valiantly worked to catch up. He has mostly accomplished that goal and is nearly at grade level. He really wants parents who will be his support team in going on to college and maybe even earning a sports scholarship.

Mason would do well in a home with good structure and the secure boundaries that seem to go well with parents who are involved in their children’s day-to-day activities. He would do well as an only child or with older siblings who are good role models. If they like to shoot hoops when homework or chores are done — even better!

To find out more about Mason, email the Idaho CareLine (please include your city AND zip code) or call 1-800-926-2588. In Idaho you can dial 2-1-1. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30515.