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Jordan & Tate
Portrait provided by Northwest Adoption Exchange.
Jordan and Tate are a cute brother and sister duo. Though they are several years apart in age and like to tease each other, the bond between them is clear. Jordan has a bubbly, fun personality when she knows you see her in a positive light. Tate is also friendly, outgoing and active. They have been a solid support to each other through tough times. They're both ready to join a family that will provide the love and laughter they could return in full measure to the right parents.Jordan
"Hi, I'm Jordan. I love going to the mall and shopping for clothes and girly-sparkly sorts of accessories. If my friends ask for fashion advice, I tell the truth even if it means what they're wearing needs help. Then I offer to go to the mall and pick out some things. I'm a pretty good friend. When one of my girlfriends is having a bad day, I like to help out.
I love hanging out with my friends, reading scary books and singing...lots of singing. I've loved to sing since I was little. I like to listen to Lady GaGa. Oh, and I like Marilyn Monroe too. I love the look that she had.
I might like to be a singer or a clothes designer or maybe create perfume fragrances some day.
When it comes to family, I would love to be adopted. That would mean no more moving from one place to another. I'd like a family that's nice and really into me. Like they wouldn't treat me like I'm not around. I wouldn't like any smoking and drinking. And I'd like for all of us to go to Disneyland. I've never been there.
In school I used to hate math, but I'm really beginning to like it. I have a new teacher who breaks it down and makes it more understandable."
According to her caseworker, Jordan benefits from having extra supports for reading, writing, and math. Her favorites are music and physical education.
Jordan would do well in a family that values good nutrition, especially when it comes to managing diabetes. Jordan is responsible for doing her own insulin injections twice a day. But it's no fun being the only one limiting sweets when everyone else is indulging. It would be great if her adoptive folks were creative cooks or someone in the family shared this challenge too. Jordan would do well with a family that incorporates fun into physical activity as well.Tate
"Hi, I'm Tate. I like Transformers, snakes and spiders. I also like to tease my sister by jumping out at her to scare her."
Tate's caseworker describes him as an active, boy with lots of energy. One of Tate's favorite things is Transformers. He also enjoys being outdoors with his playmates and attending school. His development is on target and he is a top achiever in his class.
Both Jordan and Tate would benefit from parents who understand the residual effects of past trauma. With patience and support that builds strength and capability rather than emphasizing weaknesses, both of these charming kiddos will thrive.
Portrait by Andrew Funderburg, for the Oregon Heart Gallery.
Jordan and Tate are available for adoption through the State of Oregon. To find out more about 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: 30201.
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