Editor's Note: Window on the Clearwater recently 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/.
"My name is Avery and I'm nine. My favorite foods are lasagna and steak. I like to play outside and help around my foster home. I'm a good reader, but I don't like Algebra. I like playing with pets, especially playing catch with a dog. Someday I would like to have a dog that I can train or a baby kitten I can take care of.
"I really want an adoptive family. I hope they will take me places like to the beach or learning to snowboard. I could be the older brother in a family because I like to help. I hope a mom or a dad would keep me safe and care for me."
Avery is one of the most engaging young men you will ever meet! He can be seriously well mannered as he's opening the door for you and later a silly comedian who loves to make everyone laugh. He takes great pride in helping out around his foster home with chores-especially short ones that he can complete without distractions.
Avery's love of machines in motion can be met in watching Monster Trucks or riding four wheelers, bikes, skateboards or anything on wheels.
Avery has done well in a small structured classroom with behavioral and cognitive/academic supports and individual attention from teaching staff. He's well liked by his schoolteachers and is making great strides in being trustworthy and making good choices.
When he gets overwhelmed in large groups, Avery can seem quiet or withdrawn, but he's actually very talkative and outgoing. He gets along well with peers close to his age or younger, as well as with mentors who are teen-aged. He may jockey for position with those close to his age, but he can also be a tenderhearted friend. That's probably why he has so many acquaintances.
Avery has a sister who is two years older with whom he wants to maintain contact. He hopes his family will help with that plan.
Currently, Avery receives counseling on an as-needed basis to help him maintain his ability to handle frustration and lessen anxiety. This manifests itself as sadness or agitation. Avery's foster parents report many self-management successes in small group situations, where he is less likely to feel overwhelmed. Words of encouragement, positive redirection, and taking time outs from upsetting situations are all strategies he uses to achieve those victories.
Because Avery's self-esteem can be fragile, he needs a parent who will frequently reassure that he is loved and is doing things well. He's shown exceptional ability to work on behavioral issues and learn to do things in new ways. If you are an individual or part of a team that uses compassion, patience and encouragement to help children reach their fullest potential, Avery could be an important cog in the machinery of your well-maintained family.
Avery is available for adoption through the State of Oregon. For contact information, please contact Idaho CareLine at 1-800-926-2588.
Photos by Moffett
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