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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:

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Age: 12

"Hi, I'm Morgan. I've thought alot about what kind of a family I'd like to be with. I'd like an active family that likes camping, celebrating holidays and everyone's birthdays, watching TV, playing video games, playing sports and going on vacations together. I would really enjoy going to places like Silverwood [amusement parks] with a mom and a dad. I also like going to my friends' houses and having them at my house.

I prefer parents who are happy most of the time and have healthy communication. This would mean a lower stress level in their home. I hope they are strict, but not too strict. Like letting me wear earrings but also having good rules to protect me. They would set a good example and remind me about good manners, like saying, 'please' and 'thank you.' They could help me with my homework, and I could help with cooking and planning meals. I love eating healthy foods with less sugar and more veggies and having healthy snacks. I also like to live in a clean house and with no smoking. I hope my family is a Christian family that will take me to church. I especially want a family that will help me stay in contact with my biological family and understand that I love them even though I can't live with them.

I love animals. I hope to have a puppy some day. My favorite television show is "Charmed." I would be charmed to have a family with many of the traits I've described!"

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Morgan's caseworker describes her as a "resilient child...polite and hopeful, talkative, with a great sense of humor." She receives above-average grades in school and enjoys being involved in extracurricular activities.

Because Morgan has experienced significant losses in her life, she needs parents who will remain committed to her. An emotionally secure couple with no other children in the home would be ideal. An understanding of childhood attachment and bonding and the way it can be affected by multiple moves in foster care will be important to knowing how to support Morgan's future. Access to community resources, experience in caregiving, and knowing how to work with a professional team are all traits Morgan's adoption team will be seeking. It is hoped Morgan's parents could devote the one-on-one time she thrives on, possibly with an "at-home" mom or dad. Morgan has waited a long time for folks who will put her first in their lives.

This resilient child knows instinctively that she needs "strict" parents who are also not too rigid. Do you have that blend of patient love that does not necessarily need validation or equal return? Because Morgan must first learn to trust before she can engage socially, she needs a patient parent who is willing to perservere. As you engage her sense of humor and disengage from power struggles, you will discover a girl who wants to believe in "happily ever after" and enduring love.

To find out more about Morgan, 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: 30276.

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