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Larry, Kira & Keno
Larry, Kira, and Keno are bonded siblings looking for an energetic family to keep them together. Kira and Keno, who are standing in this portrait, are fraternal twins who share a strong bond together, as well as with their older brother Larry (sitting). Kira currently lives in a separate foster home from her brothers, but they live close by and spend time together regularly. They are hoping for an adoptive family soon so they can all be together.
Larry is a quiet boy described as "caring and the most helpful child you would ever want to meet, even when he's not asked." He is also observant and cooperative. While he doesn't like to talk about himself, his siblings offered "fun to play with, kind, a peacemaker, and a good personality" as words to describe him. He loves being with his siblings, but also needs activities that can be all his own. When asked what he likes about Boy Scouts, he stated, "Getting away from Keno! I also like to go camping, and learn new things."
Larry said, "I like basketball, football, and I'm really good at skateboarding. I like to play football, and I love to catch the ball." Larry wants a family who would allow him to have a dog. "I want to live in the city because there are lots of things to do, but I also want to have a lot of room to play outside with my dog." Larry benefits from having good adult and peer role models in his life. He would rather be busy than just sitting around, though he does appreciate playing video games or board games.
Kira is a bright, active, beautiful young lady. She is very tall, athletic and loves sports. "I really like basketball and got to go to basketball camp this summer. I like to play softball. I've played for the Salvation Army team for three years. I play soccer, too, and I love to swim." Kira clearly needs a family who enjoys being outdoors and who can support her in sporting interests. She doesn't watch a lot of TV, and when she is at home with her foster family, she likes to play board games.
Kira is social and able to make friends easily. She doesn't like conflict, so she tries to be friends with everyone. Kira's foster mom describes her as "easy-going, a tough cookie, easily re-directed, likes to joke a lot, fun, caring, and always in tune to others' needs." She can be helpful when asked, and is easy to get along with.
Keno is the baby of the family (though only born one minute behind twin sister Kira). He is described by his siblings as being a jokester and the "comedy person in the family." Keno's enthusiasm for life can get him into trouble if he isn't careful, but his energy and imagination are also one of his greatest assets. He loves to be active and enjoys similar interests as his brother Larry. "I like to play football, basketball, play at the park, ride my skateboard a lot, and play games." Keno would also love to have a dog, and he even has a name picked out for him; Gary. (He thinks he might want to name his first child Gary, too!)
Keno can transition between activities best when he is given advance warning. He does like to please people and is also very caring. He admits that he doesn't like chores and would rather be outside playing or playing video games. Keno would benefit from a family who can support his attachments to his brother and twin sister, as well as provide individual support and direction.
These children are the youngest of eight siblings. They have relationships with some of their older siblings and would benefit from maintaining those connections through e-mail, phone calls, letters, etc. An ideal family for these kids would be a two parent home where they were the only children, at least initially. Their adoption worker did state, however, that they may do well in a large, multicultural family who could model appropriate behaviors and family relationships.
A good family for these children would be able to advocate for academic needs, continue individual and family counseling as needed, and seek other community resources. These fun-loving siblings will bring loads of joy and playfulness to the family who invites them into their hearts and home.
Portraitz by Pomerelle Portrait Design Studios
Larry, Kira & Keno are available for adoption through the State of Oregon. For contact information, please contact the Idaho CareLine at 1-800-926-2588
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