Feasting on cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, watching TV and videos, looking at books, dancing, listening to music, and being outdoors and going to the beach - these are a few of John's favorite things.

Cute, affectionate, and active, the 8-year-old "can brighten up a room," his social worker says. "He is happy to see new people, and he has a joy and excitement about things."

Although John has a variety of toys, the ones he cherishes most are his collection of Fidgets, which improve his concentration and strengthen his hands. In school, he receives special-education services, as well as occupational and speech therapy.

The ideal family for John would be patient, committed, compassionate, and willing to lavish him with attention and love. A family with a medical background is preferred.

State and federal assistance programs offer financial aid to adoptive parents of eligible children, to help offset costs such as medical fees that may arise during the adoption process and until the child turns 18.

John and other children are available for adoption. For information, contact Jason Monn at the National Adoption Center.