Oftentimes the kids on Kinship Partners' waiting list are kids who have special needs. Having only one parent in the home is a characteristic that describes most of our kids' families. However other characteristics may include lack of social skills, learning disabilities, poverty, many siblings or "just being different from other kids."
We have recently been blessed with several family partnerships. This is a partnership where an entire family befriends one of our youngsters. The child participates in regular family activities with the entire family rather than with just one adult. Unfortunately, family partnerships don't work for all of our kids, particularly the kids who have special needs. Sometimes what they need most is a one-on-one relationship -- a friendship between the child and one adult.
Darin and Jeff are two young men in the Crosby area who would best be served by having an individual partnership. Twelve-year-old Darin is a sixth grader who lives with his grandparents. He is a bright, very active youngster who loves fishing, hunting, biking and collecting toy trucks. He has a wonderfully positive attitude and would benefit tremendously from some one-on-one time with a male role-model.
Jeff is a 10-year-old fifth grader who is friendly but a little shy. His interests include art, music, acting, gardening, going for walks, swimming and fishing. He is the only male in his family, and he misses the times he used to spend with his father. He truly needs an adult male in his life.
If you're a guy who enjoys spending time with kids and has time to spend with them, please consider becoming a partner to Darin or Jeff. Both of these boys have been waiting for partners for over a year; and as they get older, their need for a positive male influence in their life grows and grows. Please contact any of our offices for more information on how you can become a partner to Darin, Jeff or any of the other boys and girls on our waiting list. Our numbers are: Brainerd (218) 829-4606; Crosby (218) 546-7308; or Pequot Lakes (218) 568-4015.
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