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Hunter, Hailey & Tyler
Meet Hunter, the older brother of this well-bonded sib trio! Hunter is a reserved, soft-spoken boy, especially when you first meet him. He is more animated and willing to show his fun side if you can converse about super-heroes. Described as often being the peacemaker in the family, Hunter looks out for his younger brother and sister, even though they can get on his nerves at times--like most sibs.
"I like my sister because she is beautiful and she's fun. Sometimes she shares her things with me--sometimes she doesn't, too. She likes to play games with me, but sometimes we fight. I like Tyler because we play together, too. We want a family where we can stay together."
A natural explorer, Hunter surely loves manipulating all the exhibits of the Discovery Center in Boise. He especially likes things that dramatically react to his inputs--especially the sparking electrical charges. Hunter's curiosity is a strength that an adoptive family could tap into by surrounding him with safe experimentation opportunities. Boredom and high-pressure situations are counter-productive with this boy. He responds to positive one-on-one direction that encourages discovery. He also thrives on adults noticing his talents and nurturing them.
Hunter and his brother and sister have lots of energy. Foster parents suggest that their adoptive family be active and have outdoor activities readily available for the children. Lots of safe places to play near your home or in your fenced yard would be a plus. Hunter loves riding bikes, running, and playing outdoors, too.
Because Hunter sometimes struggles with educational goals, he needs allies at school and at home. A family with consistent routines for completing homework assignments could also encourage and inspire him to do his best.
Hunter would do well in a family where he and his sibs are the only children or have much older brothers and sisters. A couple without other children could focus on individual needs and accessing support services within the community. A family with mature teens could introduce their younger adopted sibs to all kinds of sports activities. They might even be able to make daily reading and writing an enjoyable part of each child's evening routine. Either way, the parents who give these children their time and attention will reap huge rewards. These busy children yearn for a family they can count on.
"Hi, I'm Hailey. I want to be a princess when I grow up. See my stuffed bear? Her name is Mrs. Bella and her baby is little Bella.
I like to dress up like a princess. I like to read about princesses, too."
It's easy to see that Hailey is a girly-girl who, like most princesses, enjoys dress-up and all things royal. And like most royals, she is very take-charge. Her sib subjects don't like playing the role of underlings, so expect many squabbles as they work out their rivalry in boisterous ways. Fortunately, Hailey also plays well on her own. She likes coloring, arts and crafts, dancing, jumping, twirling and playing games with anyone who will play with her. She is learning to share the lime-light and to take turns. Hailey does have a generous spirit. She likes to offer extra treats to anyone who wants to share in her bounty.
Hailey would love to join a family with a mother who is "nice" and likes to play with her and her brothers. She also wants a father who plays games with them and is fun. It will be important for her parents to create a safe environment through personal boundaries, and consistent supervision.Hailey would love to participate in sports and maybe even cheerleading. She has so much energy to expend! Help her find many outlets for her active mind and she will be your royal friend forever. This little princess is looking for "happily ever after," a family that will last.
"I'm Tyler. I can run really fast. Want to see? I like playing with my friends at recess. I'm in Kindergarten and I'm this many (five fingers). I like my sister Hailey because she is fun to play with and sometimes she shares her toys. Hunter sometimes plays with me, too."
Like his brother and sister, Tyler is very active. He loves to play outdoors. He wants a mom and dad who play games with their kids and are nice.
Tyler likes to play electronic games, but he truly loves just about any outdoor activity that uses large muscle groups. Tyler's engaging smile gives you a peek into his fun side and his love of staying active. He would not do well with folks who sit on the sidelines. He wants to be "on the go" most of the time. Tyler may stop to listen to a story after he's expended the huge store of energy that's packed into his little body.
The adoption team for these children will be looking for experienced parents who not only understand how to create a safe space for children who have experienced trauma in their lives, but also folks who can channel high-energy and competition for attention. If you are able to provide safe physical boundaries and access to therapy and other community services, as needed, you may be the creative parents the caseworker hopes to find for Hunter and his siblings. They are loveable children who could bring so much exuberance and joy to the right family!
Portrait by Barb from Barb Bergeson Studio Gallery
To find out more about Hunter, Hailey & Tyler, 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: 305213.
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