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Max, Hunter & Tiger
Max, Hunter, and Tiger (Ty) need a family to call their own. The boys are physically healthy and on track developmentally. The two oldest are excelling in school. They are active, engaging and laugh easily. In spite of normal siblings rivalry, they take care of each other and share a strong bond.
"Hello, my name is Max. I just started middle school, and so far I like it. I really like football, but I also like basketball. I had fun going to the summer program and made a lot of friends there. I like to swim, run around, play video games and play with Nerf guns. When I grow up I want to go into the Army. My best friend would say I'm playful and that I like to talk, hang out, and play computer games."
Max shares a room with his younger brothers, and while he often feels responsible for them and their well being, he does get tired of them and needs his own space.
Something unique about Max is that he is American Sign Language (ASL) proficient, as his birth parents both sign. Max would like to have a family who enjoys outdoor activities, like camping. But, as Max clarified, "not all the time, because I like to stay home and do indoor things too."
Max commented that he would like a family that is nice to him and his brothers and will take care of them. When asked what he would like to do that he has never been before, Max stated, "I'd like to go to Disneyworld or Boondocks [Wahooz]."
According to his caseworker, Max is smart and enjoys working on projects. He loves sports, especially football, and recently played on an organized football team.
"Hi. I'm Hunter. I really like video games, and Lego Star Wars is my favorite Play Station game. I like soccer a lot, too. Being goalie is my favorite part of soccer. I like to cook, especially making desserts!"
Filled with joyful energy, Hunter loves to make others laugh. He is talkative, busy, and very bonded to both of his brothers.
Hunter likes to be helpful in his foster home. Besides cooking, dusting is his favorite household chore.
Hunter enjoys school, where is favorite subjects are Math and English. He gets good grades and was excited about returning to school for his third grade year.
Hunter also knows ASL, though he is not as proficient as his older brother.
Hunter has a severe cat allergy, so cannot be in a family with cats. He is also allergic to smoke and has moderate asthma that requires the use of an inhaler.
When asked what he would do if he had all the money in the world, he said he would buy 5 Play Stations! Hunter wants a family that will, "feed me good and be nice to me and my brothers."
Tiger, who prefers to be called Ty, has a smile like sunshine, and an infectious giggle that's ever-present. His brothers love to make him laugh because they know it incites others to join in.
Ty exudes confidence when he is with his brothers, but can be timid when he is alone, or when he first meets someone new.
A generally happy boy, Ty is mostly content to follow the lead of his brothers. He loves sports and being athletic. He also likes Mickey Mouse and super heroes, especially Spider-Man.
Ty's favorite color is blue. His favorite chore is picking up toys (though according to Hunter and Max he doesn't do it very often!). He also loves to help his foster mom take care of the baby, a younger foster sibling.
Ty and each of his brothers are very attached to their foster parents. These loving folks will help with a healthy transition. It is recommended the boys be allowed to maintain some contact with them, as well as mediated contact with the birth family.
The boys need a two-parent family with lots of energy, time, and room for active boys. Does your family operate within a structured but flexible routine? Can you maintain support services, such as counseling to aid in transition and grief/loss issues? Are you knowledgeable about drug and alcohol exposure in utero, ADHD? Can you accept risk factors for mental health delays? If you have the energy, commitment, time, and room for three active brothers, their adoption team wants to talk to you!
Portrait by Matt Green from Barb Bergeson Studio Gallery
To find out more about Max, Hunter & Tiger, adoption or becoming a foster parent, email the Idaho CareLine or call 1-800-926-2588. In Idaho you can dial 2-1-1. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30375.
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