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Editor's Note: Window on the Clearwater has joined the Wednesday's Child network to help spread the word about children that are waiting for families to give them the loving care that they need. Each Wednesday we will profile a different child. For more information about Wednesday's Child and how you can be involved check the web site at:

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Ages: 14

"My name is Tyler. I'm pretty good at playing video games like Xbox and Wii. I had a dog at my foster home. She was a Labrador retriever. I hope my family likes dogs and will let me have one. I also like horses. I know a lot about riding.

I've moved around a lot, so I want to stay and not move anymore. I would like to live with an LDS family that goes to church."

Tyler is bright, energetic and someone who enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities. He excels in most academic areas when he's in the right classroom setting. Tyler is making progress in self-management, especially when mentors coach, prompt and praise positive choices.

Tyler is waiting for some real-life heroes-a single parent or couple who use empathy, firm boundaries, established routines and lots of activities to shore up self-esteem. Because Tyler struggles with mild Asberger Syndrome traits, he needs a family that understands how to help him focus attention and optimize his intelligence at school and in social situations. His adoption team will be looking for an emotionally mature single parent or couple who can delay their need for outward displays of affection for a while. Tyler's affectionate side peeks through and he may surprise you with his request for a hug. He is capable of bonding when he feels safe and accepted.

After a few years of waiting, Tyler may have a hard time believing in lifetime commitments. With parents who understand coping behaviors related to trauma, loss and mild autism, Tyler could gradually learn to work through anxiety and frustration. His social worker feels he needs the attention he might enjoy as an only child or with older siblings who might take on a mentoring role.

You don't have to be a super hero to be a part of Tyler's life-just a steady promise-keeper who will access and work with therapeutic professionals. Tyler is waiting for someone to believe in and someone who will believe in him. Call the CareLine today if you think you could be Tyler's family.

Portrait by Digital Arts Photography

To find out more about Tyler, call the Idaho CareLine number, 1-800-926-2588. In Idaho you can dial 2-1-1. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30199.

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