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Editor's Note: Window on the Clearwater recently 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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Age: 11

"I'm Kile. I like to play Game Cube. My favorite food is peanut butter and jelly. I like the song "Yeah" by Usher. I like the Back Street Boys. My favorite thing at school is reading. I don't like writing. Someday I would like to learn to ride a dirt bike and own one. I would raise a snake, a lizard, a turtle and one or two fish.

I'd like to live with parents who like to have fun and play with children and maybe be their only child. My family could ride bikes together and play Game Cube together. We could have rules like no breaking stuff, no calling names and no breaking house rules."

Kile is a smart boy with a bottomless appetite for reading. He's even willing to give up sleep to finish a good book! Kile is at grade level (3rd), through his hard work and through close monitoring of homework. His attention challenges and high energy are all areas that will test a parent's skills in designing short-term rewards and connecting in meaningful ways with Kile's desire for attention and approval. Many of these areas are also managed successfully with the help of medication, as well as with individual counseling.

Caregivers describe Kile as "intelligent, artistic, creative, engaging, talkative, full of energy and loves being center of attention." That describes both Kile and his older brother, Brandon. That's why they have both expressed a desire to live in separate families with a plan for frequent contact and occasional visits. They would also like to stay in contact with a sister living in Oregon.

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Kile needs lots of supervised outside activities. Playtime and adult attention can be effective rewards or behavioral battlegrounds, depending on a parent's understanding of how to integrate both into family routines.

Kile is doing well in his current foster family, where he has lived for a year. He needs a family with patience, flexibility and creativity in providing an environment filled with choices. Kile needs to feel that he has some control of his life. As you help him process thoughts and feelings, you will discover a boy who is so loveable! You are sure to win his trust by building his capacity for self-discovery. Family respect and positive regard are goldmines that will enrich your life and Kiles', as you help him stay connected to his brother and sister.

Kile is available for adoption through the State of Oregon. For contact information, please contact Idaho CareLine at 1-800-926-2588.

Portraits by Moffett Photography

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