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Michael, Franklin & Elijah (Part 2)

Ages: 5-9

(See Part 1 in the Wednesday, June 27 issue)


"I'm Elijah and I'm five. I like playing with Spider-Man toys. I'm going to be a Ninja! I want to be a hairdresser when I grow up. I will fix long hair by twisting it around and around. I like going to the zoo. I petted the penguin and I saw the porcupines. I like a mom who reads me stories at bedtime, like Snow White. You should be careful to never drink a potion ‘cause it will kill you or put you to sleep for a long time. I don't like that mean witch. When I'm a Ninja, I will kick her in the behind."

Frequently described as "adorable," Elijah is extremely outgoing, friendly and talkative. Often the center of attention because of his flair for the dramatic, Elijah would do well with adoptive parents who appreciate this quality and will work with it. His determination and single-minded attention to the thought of the moment will take the creativity and redirection of a parent who understands hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Elijah's imagination and humorous antics are areas of strength through which his family can address behavioral and learning challenges.

Elijah's foster mother reports that he likes to attend church, watch the Disney channel and ride his scooter. He likes to be actively engaged in whatever he is doing. He is definitely not a "stay quiet and listen" sort of boy. If you love to get on the floor, listen, play and laugh, Elijah will reward you with his fertile imagination and his devotion. At the same time, he also needs an environment with clear structure, expectations and boundaries.

Family Needs: Though these three brothers are very different in temperament, they all share a need for a skilled single parent or couple who will channel unique traits in each boy, without "playing favorites." This should not be too difficult, because each child has his own package of endearing ways. Patience and willingness to access professional services within the community are two other critical parent components an adoption team hopes to blend with these boys' futures. Their team is especially interested in folks who have experience working with at-risk youth in areas of mental health. A professional such as a counselor or teacher would be a great parent or family network ally to help any one of these children within systems of care resources, if that becomes necessary in the future. If your family could remain dedicated equally to all three brothers, please contact the Idaho CareLine with your completed, current home study. They can tell you how to find out more about these handsome brothers.

To find out more about Michael, Franklin & Elijah, 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: 30263.

Portraits by Moffett Photography

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