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Kierstin, David, Joseph & Khloe
This beautiful sibling group is hoping to find a family that can keep them all together. Kierstin, David, Joseph and Khloe are all very well bonded with each other and enjoy getting together. They all do well in school and are quite bright. Cute and fun to be around, these four will keep you on your toes and, occasionally, out of breath. But their energy and excitement can be catching!
"My name is Kierstin. I love to sing and dance and perform in plays. I like school, too. And riding bikes!"
A bright young girl, Kierstin does well in school. She is a bit of a ham and loves to perform. She is quite talented and has a good singing voice. This perfectly fits her personality in that she enjoys being the center of attention. At times, however, that need for attention can come at the expense of other children. She has been known to get irritable toward other children, because she has a tough time being part of an activity instead of the center of it. Kierstin does, however, do very well meeting new people.
Kierstin has significant medical needs. She has survived cancer twice during her young lifetime, and she has a heart condition that is currently being treated with medication. Fortunately, Kierstin is well aware of her condition and limits, as well as how to handle her medication, which thus far has proven sufficient to keep her condition in check. Due to this condition, however, it is absolutely necessary that Kierstin be with a family that eats healthy and will join her in a healthy diet and lifestyle. Those habits will be crucial to her well-being. She can't be in competitive sports (like soccer or cheerleading), but she does need to be active and healthy, and she needs her family to be the same.
"My name is David. I like video games, running around, and getting dirty. I also really like school. Science is my favorite subject."
David is a sweet-natured and shy boy. He really likes school and does well. He likes to discover things and learn how they work, which explains his enjoyment of science in school. He also loves to read and play soccer.
David gets along well with other children. He is a typical boy of his age who is very active. He does show signs of hyperactivity, so there may be medical needs related to that later on. However, he is easy to get along with and well liked by other people.
"My name is Joseph. I like swimming and playing with toys, cars, and video games."
This cute young boy is full of energy and likes nothing more than to run around. He enjoys day care, but due to his aggressive nature, he needs to be monitored a little more closely. He does have occasional outburst of anger and often turns to temper tantrums to get what he wants.
Joseph needs a family that is good with behavior modification and won't give up. He has a tendency to push limits to force a reaction, so patience is key with him. Like his older brother, he may need medical management down the line.
Khloe is a sweet, adorable toddler who is very affectionate. She doesn't need a lot of attention and, in fact, enjoys exploring and going off on her own. As such, she will need parents who can keep an eye on her to make sure she is safe.
Khloe is currently non-verbal. Her adoption worker isn't sure at this point if it is a serious or just a minor issue. However, despite not talking, Khloe is very expressive. While she doesn't need a lot of attention, she can get jealous of attention being given to other children. She will often insert herself so she can share in that attention. It doesn't take long, however, as Khloe's sweet nature and smile win people over quickly.
These cute siblings are all well bonded with each other. A two-parent family is a must, ideally ones with experience in foster care or adoption, or who have kids just about to leave the home. Parents who can handle pressure gracefully and roll with the punches will be most successful with these children.
Because of their diverse needs, an adoptive family will need to be advocates for the children and make sure the individual needs of each child are catered to. A willingness to meet the mental health needs and access community resources will also be necessary.
The adoption team would, ideally, like to keep these siblings together, but they recognizes that with their diverse needs, it may not be possible. So they would like a family who would be willing to maintain the sibling connections. In addition to families interested in all four children, the adoption team is also willing to talk to families interested in just Kierstin, who would do well as a younger or only child, or in David and Joseph together.
While they may take a lot of energy, these wonderful children can be a huge reward for a family with the patience and caring to see to each of their needs. If you think you have room in your life for this wonderful group of siblings, call the Idaho CareLine today.
Portrait by Barb from Barb Bergeson Studio Gallery
To find out more about Kierstin, David, Joseph & Khloe, 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: 30415.You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30335.
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