While going through the list of youths who are on our waiting list, it was discovered that we have four youngsters who are 14 and are coming close to the time they will no longer be eligible to be on our waiting list.
Due to the number of kids waiting, we limit kids on the waiting list to age 14 and younger. It should be noted, though, that once a child has a partner that child can remain in Kinship Partners until they graduate from high school.
This week's "Child in Need" article will focus on the four kids who need a partner soon.
Sandy is a 9th grader who lives with her dad and 4 siblings. The family is new to the Brainerd area and Sandy is having a tough time making friends and getting involved. Due to health problems with various family members, Sandy has had to serve an adult role long before her time. She could really use a partner she could have fun with and someone who could distract her from her worrisome situation. Sandy loves animals and has always wanted to try horseback riding. She also enjoys watching sports, rollerblading, bike riding, walking, drawing and watching movies.
Brian is a young man who lives with his mom and three siblings. His brother and sister already have Kinship Partners; and Brian, who was the first one in the family to be enrolled in Kinship Partners, is very disappointed that he's still waiting for a partner. Brian qualifies for special education classes, and he has a lot of energy. His interests include ice fishing, building things from wood, snowmobiling, bike riding, taking things apart, and participating in the Special Olympics.
Andy is an extremely bright 14-year-old. He lives with his mom and 3 siblings. Two of his brothers also have Kinship Partners. Andy would benefit from having an adult partner who is trained to work with kids with special needs and who loves science, spelling and math. Andy's other interests include sports, fishing, video games, bike riding, bowling and reading.
Our fourth 14-year-old is Gerald who describes himself as being "quiet, friendly, active and happy." He lives with his mom and older brother. He loves to do just about anything, but his favorite things are video games, bike riding, rollerblading and woodworking. He'd love to try golf, tennis and watching auto races.
If you'd like to make a difference in the life of a child, why not choose to make that difference now. It's only a matter of months before the above-mentioned kids will no longer be eligible for our program.
Give us a call at 829-4606 in Brainerd, firstname.lastname@example.org; 546-7308 in Crosby, kinship email@example.com; or 568-4015 in Pequot Lakes, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get more information about Kinship Partners by visiting our website at www.kinship.brainerd.com.
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