“My name is Cody. I’m writing this letter because I want an adoptive family that will make a commitment to me for a lifetime, not just until I turn 18. I’d like parents who share many of my same interests, so this seems like a good way to let you know what those are. I like bodybuilding, hiking, swimming in open water, target practicing, dirt biking, hunting, fishing, wrestling, baseball, football, basketball and working on cars. I’d like to learn how to do a lot of things with a dad. I haven’t had that kind of relationship in my life.
“My family could be a mom and a dad or two dads or a single dad. I want a parent who is welcoming when I get home from school or football practice — maybe with a snack — someone who asks me about my day. I’d love it if he or she would take me to the movies or go shopping with me. That would be great — I don’t like to shop alone. I’d like a parent who listens and is interested in the good and the bad, without trying to fix it for me.
“When I’m having troubles with a girlfriend or other kids at school, I’d like my dad to take me to the gym, go jogging or for a ride, so we can talk. He can give me some different ways to look at the problem and share his experiences. That’s why it’s important that my parents aren’t anxious or over-protective. I need guidelines, but I also need to discover things for myself.
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“I’m open to brothers and sisters of any age or none. I think I might like an older brother who could be like a mentor, and we could do things together.
“I’d like to live in Idaho or a nearby state so I can visit my grandmother. She raised me and I love her. She’s not well, so I need to spend time with her while I can. I’d also like to stay connected with my sister and her family. I have a little nephew who’s 3 months old. They all live in south-central Idaho.”
Cody’s permanency team is looking for a family that will connect him with pro-social supports such as community groups, church and opportunities for him to learn independent living skills. Call the Idaho CareLine today and let them know you have a current home study or are willing to get one completed immediately.
If you have a completed Home Study and would like to inquire about Cody, email the Idaho CareLine (please include your city AND zip code) or call 1-800-926-2588. In Idaho you can dial 2-1-1. You may be asked to provide this reference number: 30576.