Patient, kindhearted and tremendously resilient, James is eager to find a welcoming forever family. James has a sensitive side and is devoted to people who have touched his life in a positive way.
James loves to play outside and to decipher video games. He enjoys gardening and the collaborative effort of working alongside his foster parents on a multitude of tasks. He has recently taken up fishing and loves to spend time in the outdoors. James has said that he would love to have a mom and dad to play games with, particularly to throw a ball with or participate in other active, outside activities.
James has experienced a lot of traumatic loss in his life. While he is now living in Oregon, his roots actually lie in Oklahoma. There is a great deal of James’ past that is unknown. However, it is suspected that he experienced a lot of turmoil, neglect and possible abuse as a young child. Fortunately, he has also had the benefit of recent stability and has been in his current home for several years.
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Academically, James struggles to meet his grade-level expectations and experiences some difficulty in school. James is receiving support in school to help him stay focused. He is able to attend school in a modified classroom and has been provided with a one-on-one companion for additional support. James’ prospective adoptive family will need to work closely with the school and with community providers to make sure that he is receiving all the services he needs and deserves. He needs an advocate who believes in him, and sees that he is capable of great progress and has a lot of potential.
James has a sister, Cheyenne, who is being matched separately. James and Cheyenne are very close and bonded. Being the older of the two, James has been a great big brother and is very patient with her. It is now the plan that these two will find individual adoptive placements that are relatively close in proximity so they can remain connected.
James would do best in an experienced two-parent home; however, many family structures will be explored and considered. A slow and thoughtful transition would be very beneficial for James, who is a bit hesitant regarding the idea of adoption because he knows that it means saying goodbye to his current caregivers.
James needs, and deserves, a family that can offer permanency, stability, consistency and, most importantly, unconditional love.
James is available for adoption through the State of Oregon. For contact information, email the Idaho CareLine (please include your city AND zip code) or call 1-800-926-2588.