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Editor's Note: Window on the Clearwater has 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

"My name is Justin, and I'm eleven years old. I love to play X-Box and I'm really good at it. I'm in scouts and I like to do things outside like camping and swimming. I like riding my bike and playing outside games with my friends. I like to draw pictures with gel pens and with colored pencils.

I want to be in a family that has a lot of energy and likes to do things outside. I think it would be great to have my own room. I would do chores at home to earn extra money so I could buy new cars at the toy store. I would love animals and would like to have a cat or a bird someday."

Justin is a happy, energetic boy who is a delight to be around. He has a vivid imagination and likes to do art projects. He is content when he is busy, especially with outdoor activities.

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Justin has a unique quality in that he gives deep thought to many subjects most kids his age don't think about. He has proven to have quite a philosophical outlook on life and often asks questions that require some thought before answering.

As he learns to handle anxiety, and to adjust to change, Justin needs strong individuals in his life that understand the effects of abuse and neglect. He needs to know what's happening next to him and to feel safe. He needs the one-on-one focus and altruistic interest of folks who can delay their own need for love and understand why Justin's bonding may take time.

Justin's adoption team will be looking for a single parent or couple with experience and willingness to access professional resources. If Justin is to maintain and build upon the progress he's made so far, he needs a stable couple or single parent with lots of parenting savy. Justin is a perfectionist and at times gets frustrated with himself. His intelligence and academic abilities are strengths. His social skills are challenges that could be met with consistent mentors in his life. If you are a single parent or stable couple with abundant mentoring skills, you could show Justin it's better not to "sweat the small stuff." As a family you could discover the larger rewards of finding humor and an ability to problem solve within challenges.

Justin has a brother and a sister with whom he wants to maintain some contact (see Mary and John). Each sibling has expressed a desire for his or her own separate family, but with continued contact between families.

To find out more about Justin, 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: 30186.

Portraits by Milestone Photography

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