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When asked about his ideal adoptive family, Tyron thinks carefully, smiles and then gives a thoughtful answer. He wants parents "who are heartwarming, talented and who I can be mellow with." He is hoping they will want to play board games with him (his favorite is Sorry!), and that they will happily embrace the sports and outdoor adventures that he so loves. He envisions a home with a big backyard, maybe even an outdoor in-ground pool, and "not-too-city but not-too-country." He thinks he wants one younger brother only (but not a sister if possible since he is concerned she might expect him to play Barbies - gasp!). But in truth, Tyron could thrive in a number of different family configurations. It might actually be most advantageous for him to have older siblings as role models who can shower him with positive attention.
Sweet Tyron is well-mannered, easily gets along with others, is quick to make a joke and asks insightful questions. His caseworker adores him and notes that he has so many wonderful qualities to share with a family! With his warm and friendly demeanor, he is a good companion, and enjoys spending time with adults and other children. He embraces typical childhood hobbies like bike riding, camping, fishing, watching movies and playing video games. He adores playing basketball, wall ball, swimming and other active sports - although he is not as big a fan of running. Tyron's favorite colors reflect his favorite teams: red for the Portland Trailblazers, and green for the Oregon Ducks. Tyron enjoys being busy and thrives on an active schedule. Tyron dreams of becoming a professional basketball or football player when he grows up, or maybe a television broadcaster.
Tyron is in a regular classroom where he receives extra attention to keep him motivated and on task. His favorite subject is math! While he can get derailed by negative interactions with peers and can test authority, he is trying so hard to do the right thing and, to his credit, is constantly improving. He will need an advocate to help him succeed in the school setting to complete homework and engage in positive peer interactions. Tyron is in good health and needs only the regular medical, dental and eye checkups. He is a reliable eater, and his favorite foods include pizza, spaghetti and "dirty rice," among others.
Tyron has a brother with whom he is very close. This is an important relationship for Tyron, as is a relationship with another extended relative. An adoptive family will need to be open to maintaining these relationships if it would be helpful for Tyron. Tyron has been in the same placement with his foster provider since 2010 and would also like to continue to have contact with this family if possible once he moves to his adoptive family. He enjoys going camping in the summer with the foster family. Tyron is legally free for adoption.
Tyron has grown and matured so much since his time in care and has made progress in regards to his values and relationships with others. He will tell you himself that he "has really mellowed" and has become so much more at ease now that his life is more stable. However, Tyron still needs structure, play and movement to be incorporated into his daily schedule. Easily distractible, he can feel frustrated if he has to stay on one activity or topic for too long. Tyron, while cooperative in so many ways, can also struggle with following directions when he is upset or stressed. He interacts most easily and harmoniously with older children as he tends to take a leadership or directive role with younger children. Older siblings who can inspire and encourage Tyron might be the best fit.
Tyron has had a long term relationship with his therapist, has made progress in therapy. The therapist would be helpful in planning a transition into an adoptive placement. Tyron also has had a relationship with a Big Brother for some time and it would be beneficial to continue this relationship in the adoptive home.
Tyron needs adoptive parents who understand the attachment needs of a child who has been in the foster care system transitioning into an adoptive placement. The family should have an understanding about children who have a trauma background, and be educated regarding how this may affect his relationships with others. His adoptive family should consider his cultural needs as well as be active in the community. They would need to be open to contact with his brother and, if appropriate, consider openness with extended family members as well. He will benefit from a family that will advocate for his needs in the school system and be open to participating in family therapy if needed.
Tyron is interested in an active family that he can share new memories with. He would like a family that understands his needs to continue ties with his birth family and work with him on developing a positive future plan. His caseworker truly believes that - with all of Tyron's potential - it will be a very lucky family who is able to welcome this great kid "home".
Photos by Rebecca Baker
To find out more about Tryon, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine (Please include your zip code and city.) or call 1-800-926-2588. Christopher is available for adoption through the State of Oregon.
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