Mary, 12, and Mark, 9, are brother and sister both waiting for Kinship Partners. They live with their mom and older brother, Jim. They both have had ups and downs in life. Dad uses drugs and Jim has had truancy problems making for a household that has been in upheaval at different times. What is so striking of Mary and Mark is their positive outlook on life even after all the struggles. Mom says Mark is a character. He is pleasant, sensitive, intelligent and easy to get along with. He is eager and willing to learn. He enjoys bike riding, camping, swimming, writing, fishing and most every other activity on our list. What Mark needs is a "good role model," either an individual or family so he can experience some of these activities he checked when interviewed. We had to smile when Mark was asked what makes him afraid, "imagined stuff, like sharks in the bathtub." Mary describes herself as active, stylish, friendly, likes to have fun and "cool." She loves to picnic, play baseball, movies and working with hair and makeup that is popular. Someday she would like to go to the state fair or try water skiing. She is a sweet, helpful, pleasant child with a sparkling smile. Mark and Mary need someone to be positive role models in their lives. Now is the time for a man, woman or family to step forward and become Kinship Partners to these children so they are able to experience different enjoyments in life. Normally people who decide to become a partner feel they are going to do all these things for the kids and time after time stories come back about how much enjoyment and fun these children have brought to them instead. Please call Kinship Partners this week and set up an appointment to start the process. The number at Brainerd is 829-4606, Pequot Lakes (218) 568-4015, or call our toll free number 1-877-730-kids (5437). Our Web site is www.kinship.brainerd.com.
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