“Hi, I’m Travis. I’m mostly quiet and shy. I like to go camping and fishing and to ride 4-wheelers. I like to go geocaching, play games and help my foster dad build stuff. I also really like gymnastics. I can do a cartwheel already and am going to start gymnastics class soon. It is my favorite thing. I also like to go to youth group every week because they do fun activities.
“I would like a mom and dad who will love me and take care of me and not yell. I want the rules to be fair and consequences are OK, but not to sit in my room for two hours; maybe just 10 minutes. I would like a family that goes to church.”
Travis’ strengths are that he likes to please adults and is genuinely kind, thoughtful and helpful. He is always the first to say thank you and to act if he sees a need he can meet. He has a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. He thrives on positive attention from adults. He is enjoyable and happy a lot of the time.
More difficult areas of need are related to times when Travis’ behavior may be hard to understand or when he feels less lovable. Simply put, Travis needs patience when folks may feel they have none left. Travis doesn’t learn, process or remember in the same the way most other kids can. He needs parents who can help him reach developmental milestones without expecting him to do it at the same rate as other children.
The close supervision of at least one patient at-home parent will be a must. Travis can get along with other children if there is an adult to help him interpret social cues and to coach his interactions.
If you think you can be this support for Travis, call the CareLine today.
If you have a completed Home Study and would like to inquire about Travis, 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: 30505.