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Shyanne & Travis
More than anything, these two sweet kids, Shyanne and Travis, want to be together. They look forward to the day a family will bring them together and provide the love, structure, and support they desperately need. Your willingness to help them stay connected in some way with extended family will be the cornerstone of building their trust in relationships that last.
"Hi, my name is Shyanne. I'm a happy girl and I enjoy laughing. I love nature and being outdoors--like visiting the ocean. I would love living out in the country where there are animals--horses, cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ginea pigs, and lamas. I also like to write stories. I like volleyball and basketball. I like Science at school.
When I am a parent someday, I will have rules for my kids like no cussing, no dating until you're 16, unless you have a boy or girl friend that care about you and will come over to visit in our home.
The family I dream of will be artistic, have fun together--going on trips and giving us attention. That's important. I hope we can be the only kids. Or they could be younger than us, but only one or two...because we need attention. I would like parents who will attend a Christian church with us."
Shyanne is an active girl who loves animals. She is athletic, but is also a "girly-girl" who loves being fashionably dressed, shopping and looking nice.
Shyanne does like to read, especially fiction, but it has not been easy for her. Math is her least favorite subject and quite a struggle for her. Currently on an IEP, she is working on focus and completion of schoolwork. She needs creative advocates who will break up study sessions and make learning fun, rather than a drudgery that stretches on and on. Supervision, prompts and rewards of fun attention will help her achieve short-term objectives.
If Shyanne commits to doing a chore, she will get it done and will do a good job. Because she has difficulty remembering information that she has been told, she doesn't respond well or learn from lectures. She will succeed more often with visual reminders of expectations, rules, tasks, consequences/rewards and schedules.
Shyanne would do well with experienced parents who are familiar with or able to access many community resources, including professionals as they are needed.
This charming young woman wants very much to be reunited with her younger brother in a stable, dependable family--one that won't favor one child or a birth child over another. She and Travis long for humorous, warm-hearted parents who are, above all, patient and knowledgeable about how to strengthen resilience through safe, positive relationships. Their adoption team will be looking for folks with exceptional parenting skills and knowledge of how children process information differently.
Travis's strengths are that he likes to please adults and makes good eye contact with adults. He has a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. He thrives on positive attention from adults. He is enjoyable and happy a lot of the time.?
More difficult areas of need are related to times when Travis' behavior may be hard to understand or when he feels less lovable. Simply put, Travis needs patience when folks may feel they have none left. He needs adults to help him out of that bad place and into one that demonstrates "no matter what" kinds of love. Travis doesn't learn, process, or remember in the same the way most other kids can. He is not usually capable of cause and effect learning. Travis needs a very structured home and parents who can give information in small doses.
The close supervision of at least one patient at-home parent will be a must. Travis can get along with other children if there is an adult to help him interpret social cues and to coach his interactions. He loves animals but has no understanding that he can hurt animals and shouldn't be left alone with them. Could you be that patient, involved parent??
Currently living many miles apart because of the services he is receiving, Travis misses his older sister Shyanne. They both want very much to be able to live together and they both know there will be challenges for everyone. They need the assurance that their adoptive parents will work though good days and bad and will love them forever.
Portrait by Jennifer Holmes Photography
To find out more about Shyanne and Travis; 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 to provide this reference number: 30504.
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