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Age: 16

Dear Future Adoptive Parents,

Hi, my name is Melissa and I'm 16 years old. I'm very independent and loving. I like to go to school and to my job. I love spending time with my family and friends, going outdoors, and doing photography. I'm athletic and love sports, such as volleyball, track and field and bowling.

I'm looking for a family that accepts me for who I am and the mistakes I have made; someone who is supportive and loving, who lets me explore what I need for my future and can be by my side and treat me as they would treat their own children.

I know no family is perfect, and I am not looking for a perfect family. I am not perfect in any way at all. All I care for in a family is that they are supportive, caring, loving and there for me. And I hope you can be that for me. Thanks.

Melissa is an independent, bright, and strong young woman who shows strong self-advocacy skills in setting up appointments and services for herself. She has handled many difficult situations in a manner beyond her years. Known as a willing mentor, she is quick to help other kids who are struggling and has been a leader and support to others.

Melissa wants a reliable family who generously gives respect and expects it in return. She wants to have a healthy relationship with her future adoptive family. Due to past relationships in which she has been hurt; it takes time for Melissa to trust adults. When changes occur, she may need reassurance that people will not leave her life. Parents that are consistent and have clear boundaries will be successful in working through challenges. They will also find that Melissa is a forgiving person who understands that no one is perfect. This is a strength her foster parents already appreciate in her.

Melissa has an interest in the food industry and has her food handling license from a school class. She worked hard to overcome test anxiety to obtain the license and is proud of her accomplishment. At home, food selection and preparation allows Melissa to adhere to her vegetarian preference and to control food allergies. It's a plus that she likes to help in the kitchen and is a very tidy cook!

In the past year, Melissa has shown determination as she persevered in school classes. She often walked to school early or stayed after to be tutored when needed. She wants to continue her education after high school and has solid plans for her future. Her above-average effort and grades are a strong indication that she'll achieve her dream of graduating early and beginning college ahead of time.

Melissa volunteers at a coffee stand at her church and enjoys participating in the youth groups. Church is an important part of her life. She also values friendships and connections that she has made in her life. Living in a southern Idaho family would make this more possible, though she's keeping all options open.

Creative endeavors such as writing poems, journaling, photography and scrapbooking have brought comfort and healing to Melissa. This past school year she also enjoyed being involved in bowling and track. She has expressed interest in participating in other sports, such as martial arts and volleyball. Melissa also loves to listen to music and is an animal lover, despite allergies. Her more serious allergy is to bees and wasps. She carries an EPI pen in case of a sting, which could turn deadly.

Melissa's current foster parent said, "Melissa is a pleasure and would be an asset to any family." She hopes an adoptive family will focus on her many strengths and give unconditional love.

Melissa is capable of making good decisions by discussing pros and cons with her parent(s). When she needs correction, she responds well to constructive criticism, especially when it builds rather than demolishes. She can follow reasonable rules and expectations. When challenges arise, Melissa functions better when all members consistently avoid miscommunication and triangulation of adults. Clear dialogue and parental solidarity are crucial to this type of success. Please talk to the team about your experience, knowledge, completed home study and current foster care license. Melissa has so much to offer the right family!

Portrait by Matt Green Photography

To find out more about Melissa, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine (Please include your zip code and city.) or call 1-800-926-2588. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30513.

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