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"What I'd like families to know about me is that I love animals. And I like playing board games with my foster family and going fishing and camping once in a while.
At school, my favorite subjects are History and Social Studies--reading about the past. My favorite books are Science Fiction.
Someday, I might like to become a Paleontologist. I would also like to have lots of fish and maybe a pet snake. I have a Beta fish right now that could come with me.
The qualities I value most in parents are honesty, being loving and loyal and being cheerful. I think parents should be easy, but firm. I hope the family that adopts me will have younger kids so I can be the oldest. I could enjoy a lot more things."
Described as quiet, serious and one who has to "take it all in" before feeling comfortable, Tony soon shows his boyish side with a crooked smile, usually during a conversation with adults.
His caseworker of three years said, "Tony is a kiddo who needs a lot of structure and consistency in his life. His social skills are still developing, so he needs confidence-building opportunities in that direction.
Parents who show a real interest in him and include him in all that they're doing could really connect with Tony. He needs to know that he's loved and it's OK to make mistakes and you'll still like him. You can also cement that family bond by helping him stay in touch with two siblings in Eastern Oregon; updates through e-mail and being able to let them know the things he's doing."
Tony is ready for a family that enjoys outings: biking, swimming, walking together and family vacations. During a busy summer with five children, he naturally trimmed down to his ideal weight--a full pant size! This has given him new confidence.
Tony wants parents that will make a firm commitment to him. It's difficult building trust on the home front when everything can change with one move. Tony needs a quietly-determined parent who understands anxiety triggers. Tony is so deserving of folks who believe in his resilience and will nurture it.
As he works on discovering hidden talents and abilities through the Scouting program, Tony looks forward to earning merit badges and going on outings. He also participated in Tae Kwon Do lessons last year. Tony tells us he might like to develop his martial arts abilities as he goes through life.
Before deciding his future, Tony needs to know he's in a family that will claim him as their son--show him he's home to stay. This is one boy who will breathe easier right after his adoption finalization.
Portraits by Matt Green from Barb Bergeson Studio Gallery
Tony is available for adoption through the State of Oregon. For contact information, email the Idaho CareLine or call 1-800-926-2588.
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