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/.
"Hi, my name is Daniel. I love to build things with Legos. One thing that people should know about me is that I'm artistic. I like to sketch. I did a drawing of the Joker [Batman] from a comic book. I like to play my guitar and listen to Christian music. I might like to play the bagpipes someday. I also like to tell jokes or riddles. I'm good at cheering people up."
Daniel is a talkative, engaging pre-teenager who soaks up information like a sponge. He likes to research subjects he's interested in or discover facts from asking questions. Daniel has excellent recall of what he's learned, especially if it's a subject he enjoys.
According to Daniel's caseworker, he is very active and incredibly intelligent. He has strong musical talents, which includes his guitar and the piano. He interacts well with adults but has difficulty connecting with kids his own age. Daniel would do well with older brothers and/or sisters and would thrive with their attention. He would love to have role models in his life.
Daniel especially needs parents who enjoy an active lifestyle and will fill his spare time with pursuits that build self-confidence. Patience, humor, emotional availability and willingness to access professional and community services are a few of the important parenting qualities Daniel needs and deserves. With parents who understand how fantasy and creativity helped him endure impossible situations in his earlier life, Daniel will find advocates who will work through his strengths.
Daniel has made tremendous progress in his foster family. He is learning to use the coping skills developed during counseling, as well as in school, church, and within the community. Daniel participated in equine therapy group, vacation bible school, and is now involved in a peer group at church. His behaviors have increasingly improved, although parents should know there are challenges ahead. Parents who are realistic about Daniel's trauma history and how well he has responded to unconditional love will not let this sensitive boy down. His future could be bright with at least one parent who is committed to his successes.
Portrait by Barb from Barb Bergeson Studio Gallery
To find out more about Daniel, 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: 30500.
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