Marcelino and Modesto are fun-loving, personable brothers who love video games, playing basketball and football with friends, and being outdoors. Marcelino is an inquisitive, creative, and active nine-year-old, while eight-year-old Modesto is known for his amazing sense of humor, upbeat attitude, and kind-heartedness.
“Both Marcelino and Modesto have expressed that they are ready to be adopted and share the desire for a forever home. They both have an incredible sense of humor and there is no shortage of cheeky jokes when you are around them!” says Reina, their Child Specific Recruiter.
When thinking about their ideal forever home and what Marcelino and Modesto need most in order to thrive, Reina says, “Structure, an openness about expectations and what schedules will look like, and a willingness to express love and to be involved are the most important qualities for parents to have when caring for Marcelino and Modesto.”
An ideal family structure for these lovable brothers is a two-parent home who are supportive of helping the boys maintain their birth family relationships. Marcelino and Modesto would thrive in a home that is loving, helps them feel comfortable, open to children with mental health needs and is understands of the way trauma can exhibit itself through behavior.
“When parenting children with trauma, it is hard to predict what behaviors and responses will look like,” says Reina. “Ideal parents for Marcelino and Modesto will be flexible, patient, and have the ability to express their feelings.”
Due to a history of trauma, Marcelino struggles with feeling “big” emotions and can sometimes feel sad. Modesto has struggled in the past with his reaction to negative feelings, however, he has made incredible progress since being placed in his current foster home. Both Marcelino and Modesto are currently working with a therapist to talk about their trauma and create a narrative.
With the love, support, and guidance of the right family, Marcelino and Modesto will be able to reach their fullest potential. “They are SO ready to be in their forever home!” says Reina. “They will add a lot of substance to a family by bringing their sense of humor and an eagerness to be active and creative. These boys are incredibly sweet, and would add a lot of love to a family unit.”
Details to Note
Marcelino and Modesto both qualify for IWCA (Indian Child Welfare Act). At this time, the team is considering non-Native families, although, it is very important for any family to keep them connected and involved in their culture. Due to contracts with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the cost of adopting a child from Minnesota foster care is virtually free to families.
Learn More About Marcelino and Modesto
If you would like to know more about Marcelino and Modesto please contact Reina Nelson at [email protected]. Families may have to provide certain documentation to receive full information.