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"Hi, I'm Isaiah. I love sports. I love playing basketball and football. My favorite team is the Seattle Seahawks. I wish I could live near a big city, like Boise, where I can go to college and professional games. I also like being outside. I want to be able to go hunting one day.
My wish for a family is to have a mom and a dad and maybe brothers and sisters. I would also love to have a grandma and a grandpa."
Isaiah is a fun kid, who enjoys laughter and playful, carefree adults. When he's with patient people who are willing to adapt to him, rather than the other way around, he's friendly and lovable. When he's frustrated, he needs calm, centered caregivers who do not keep behavior scores. Each day must be a fresh slate on which Isaiah can make some positive marks.
Ideally, Isaiah's permanency team is looking for a guardian or adoptive parent who has previous success working with ADHD. Do you know about or are willing to connect to resources, including transitional living arrangements?
With a lot of positive feedback and increased levels of structure, Isaiah could feel a greater sense of being in sync with his world. His enthusiasm for sports and competition would be a shoe-in for someone who has coached or counseled youth who have difficulty ordering or managing their environment.
Isaiah does not usually pick up on nonverbal cues. Clear explanations and patience work wonders with this likable boy. Multiple moves in foster care have added to his frustration that things are not working for him. If you are someone who will focus on areas of strength and help him know there are many things he's good at, Isaiah will reward you often with his famous smile--maybe even a hug.
Isaiah's dream is to have a family that is physically active. A family that also knows how to access professional supports would be a great match for Isaiah.
Isaiah's laughter and wonderful sense of humor will quickly endear him to your family. If you love giving playful attention and look forward to guiding a young person into adulthood, you might be the right match for Isaiah.
Portrait by Barb from Barb Bergeson Studio Gallery
To find out more about Isaiah, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine (Please include your zip code and city.) or call 1-800-926-2588. You may be asked for reference number 30330.
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