Twelve-year-old Adrian wakes up each morning with a smile on his face and spends the rest of the day trying to put a smile on yours.

“He wants to have fun and he wants you to have fun as well,” says group foster home manager Alanson Boyd, who likens Adrian to a television game show host. “What makes Adrian happy most is making others happy.”

High-energy and engaging, Adrian joked with members of the Avondale Police Department during a guided tour with Detective Eric Lady. Adrian rode in an armored personnel carrier used by the SWAT team, shouting greetings through the vehicles public address system, and learned how to take finger prints from the side of a car.

When he watches television, Adrian focuses on law enforcement reality shows such as A&E's documentary series Live PD. But Adrian doesn’t watch TV that often, Boyd says.

“He prefers social inaction more than television,” Boyd says. “His favorite activity is socializing. He is a social butterfly.”

He is also something of a technical wizard with a keen interest and ability in fixing things.

“I like fixing the cable, fixing the TV, fixing the computer,” Adrian says.

Boyd says Adrian has demonstrated his skills several times by fixing the cable TV box.
Adrian would best thrive in an active two-parent household where he can get the attention he craves, says Brianna Rossi, a child-specific adoption recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK).

Adrian would get along well with younger and older siblings, she adds.

“Adrian attaches easily to people and he is easy to love, too,” Rossi says.

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For more information on children eligible for adoption, call Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) at 602-930-4900, or visit