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Age: 13

"My name is Derek and I like to make people laugh. I like drawing, sports, being outdoors, and riding on just about anything with wheels - dirt bikes, skateboards, 4-wheelers, bikes and scooters. I also like baseball and think I'm a good pitcher. I love animals of all kinds and hope to have a pet one day. I really want a snake! I want a family who will treat me nice and will help me to make good choices. I want a house with lots of rooms to play and a place where I can play outside."

Derek is a fun-loving, humorous child. He provides lots of entertainment for others and would bring laughter to a like-minded family. His counselor described Derek as a "star" who can follow the rules and is making super progress in the program as well as at school. Derek is currently placed in a group home where he receives assistance in the areas of social skills and thinking ahead.

Derek responds very well to animals. In fact, his therapist brings her dog to help Derek focus on certain parts of his day. Animals would be very helpful in aiding in a transition into an adoptive home and managing his behavior on a daily basis.

Derek needs an experienced family who can provide structure and supervision, while being flexible enough to know what Derek needs and how to meet those needs.

Folks who understand and honor his love for grandparents who live in southern Idaho could overcome Derek's worries that adoption might separate him permanently from safe loved ones. Could you provide communication routes and visits to these people for Derek's sake? These ties to his extended family are crucial to identity formation and an ability to bond with his new family.

Derek responds very well to physical nurturing. A parent who can give this to him will help Derek to feel safe. Derek is waiting to bring his warmth and laughter into a home that has a balance of love and boundaries. Call the CareLine today if you think you are that home for Derek.

Portrait by Digital Arts Photography

To find out more about Skyler, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine or call 1-800-926-2588. In Idaho you can dial 2-1-1. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30419.You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30267.

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