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Christian, Nohemi, Francisco, Fernando, Stephanie and Anthony
Age: 3 mos. through 15 years
Described as "each others' biggest cheerleaders," these loving siblings are waiting for one family to match their interests and personalities. They want parents who will join them on the sidelines with lots of positive support and love.
Although they seemed shy at first, these kids' natural enthusiasm and optimism broke through when we asked: "How would you spend the perfect day if you could choose any activity"?
"I would go bun-gee jumping!" He added, "I want a family who likes to watch and play sports, especially football."
Christian is focused this year on track team and enjoys competing. He is also a star in wrestling, where he took 2nd in his District competition. That star quality shines on his youger brothers and sisters. They definitely want to be part of his constellation and he enjoys the company. Christian's patience and love for his siblings is a stellar attraction that's positive for everyone!
"I would sleep or go to Hawaii...or even better, sleep on the beach in Hawaii!" Nohemi says she responds to her Spanish name or its American equivalent, Naomi. She said, "I like school and all of my classes. I also like to shop and do other 'girly' things and hope to have a mom who likes to do the same."
The proud nurturer of her brothers and sisters, Nohemi still finds time to maintain her honor roll status. She likes to play volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis. She also likes to boat, swim and jet ski. Nohemi plans to have a job this summer and earn her own money. She wants to be a nurse someday.
The two middle children in this closely-bonded family had lots to say about their dream of a perfect day. Because their big brother, Christian (15) and sister, Nohemi (14), are their heroes, they share their love of sports...
"I would ride snowmobiles all day long! I would like a family that has the same rules we have now, like not throwing balls in the house. I like to hang out with my friends and math is my favorite subject in school."
Francisco goes to Scouts at his local LDS Church. He enjoys other youth activities as well. He likes dogs, cars, and playing video and board games with his brothers. His favorite football team is the New England Patriots. In fact, he dreams of being a quarterback someday for the Patriots!
"I would like to go bun-gee jumping with Christian or go to a pro football game and watch the Indianapolis Colts play! I would like a family who will play football with us. I also like camping, playing all kinds of sports and fishing. Popcorn chicken is my favorite food to eat."
Like Christian, Fernando also likes wrestling as well as football. He plays the violin in school and is also involved in the Scouting program at church.
The two youngest of these six inseparable children are several years apart in ages and interests. When asked how she would spend a perfect day, Stephanie didn't hesitate to tell us...
"I would play in a baseball game. I'm really excited to play on a team this spring. I like to play games like Operation and Monopoly too. "
Stephanie will be turning 9 on April 20th. She likes to color, write, jump rope, and swim. She's a good student at school with lots of friends. Her favorite foods are green beans, popcorn, chicken, pizza and cheesy potatoes. Stephanie tells us she loves the smell of flowers. She might be a wonderful assistant to a mom or a dad who love to garden.
Anthony was silent on the subject of his perfect day, in fact, he slept through a rousing football game in which Nohemi and Stephanie held their own with the boys. If Anthony could talk he would probably tell us he likes the sound of music and responds to just about anyone who will hold him. His siblings love to spoil him by picking him up whenever he makes a sound. Anthony needs parents who understand possible implications of exposure to drugs in the womb.
"An adoption team will be carefully considering a couple's parenting style and ability. The ideal family should have lots of room in their hearts and their home, as these children want to be raised together. The children have stated a religious preference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and hope for a family that will support their involvement in youth activities.
Are you a mature couple with previous parenting experience? Do you speak respectfully to each other and are you usually united in parenting decisions? Kindness and fair rules will help this tight-knit family transition from a stable foster home where they have been loved for over a year. Their foster parents want to be involved in their transition to a new family. That may involve "legal risk" placement. Termination of parental rights is not complete.
The children and foster parents would like to have continued contact and visits. Connection with a grandmother in Southwest Idaho is also desired. Respect for the children's Hispanic heritage and opportunities to have solid role models within that culture will also be important to their future.
Everyone who meets this lovable family is impressed with their strengths. If you are equally committed to nurturing infants and teens and have a current home study or are in the process of completing one, please contact the Idaho CareLine and ask to be connected to their social worker!
To find out more about Christian, Nohemi, Francisco, Fernando, Stephanie & Anthony, 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: 30245.
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