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: http://www.idahowednesdayschild.org/.
"Hello, my name is Tyler. I've been waiting for a family for a very long time. I kind of gave up on getting a family for a while, but now that I'm older, I can see how important having a family is, even after I turn 18! I would like a mom and dad, but would be OK with just the right single parent, too. Older brothers and sisters would be great also. And pets and animals are a must!
"There are a few things you should know about me. First, I'm really good with horses. I've been living at a ranch for two years and get to ride horses every week. I can saddle and bridle a horse, and keep them clean and healthy. I REALLY want a family that has horses. I would love to be involved in rodeo, 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America). I would feel most comfortable living on a farm or ranch in a small town. I've moved around a lot, so I want a place to call home, and not move anymore. I would like to live with an LDS family that goes to church, or a family who would let me attend church even if they don't.
"I like to watch and play sports, and I also enjoy playing video games and watching movies. But I would rather be cleaning out an animal stall than playing a video game or watching TV. People say that I'm a hard worker and a real farm boy.
"I started wrestling at school this year and did really well. I'm also excited to start track this spring and like both sprinting and long distance running. People tell me I was born to run! I have to say I agree with that."
Tyler has been through a lot in his 16 years, and he can tell you a lot about loss, rejection, and hurt. But if ever there was a resilient child, it is Tyler! He is full of life, energy, and hope, and he puts his heart and soul into the things that he cares about.
He needs a patient family who is skilled at guiding youth through the tumultuous teen years and beyond. A loving, accepting, patient, COMMITTED family is what Tyler needs. The adoption team is searching for an emotionally mature single parent or couple who can delay their need for outward displays of affection for a while. Tyler also needs a family who will use empathy, firm boundaries, established routines and provide lots of activities to shore up Tyler's self-esteem.
Because Tyler struggles with mild Asperger Syndrome traits, he needs a family that understands how to help him focus attention and optimize his intelligence at school and in social situations. He needs direction, supervision, opportunities, respect, and the chance to earn trust.
You don't have to be a super hero to be a part of Tyler's life--just a steady promise-keeper who will access and work with therapeutic professionals to help Tyler manage his emotions, operate within safe personal boundaries, and learn to trust again. Tyler is waiting for someone to believe in, and someone who will believe in him. Call the CareLine today if you think you could be Tyler's family.
Portrait by Barb from Barb Bergeson Studio Gallery
To find out more about Tyler, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine or call 1-800-926-2588. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30447.
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