Age: 10

Alexandria (who prefers Alex) is a bright, sensitive, caring young girl. She is of Hispanic and Caucasian heritage. Alex has a loving heart and likes to do nice things for other people. She loves to be a ‘girly’ girl, which might include playing dress up, putting on make up, painting her finger nails, singing, and dancing. She loves to color and draw. She enjoys swimming, and had lessons for the first time over the summer. She also enjoys playing board games and playing with dolls and stuffed animals. Alex is described as an imaginative little girl who can make a game out of anything, and so is easily entertained. She loves creative play and makes fast friends with anyone willing to play along. She loves outdoor activities such as camping, riding on 4-wheelers, watering flowers, and watching wildlife.

Alex has a strong desire to have a loving, safe family, but has difficulty trusting adults, especially men. When asked about what kind of family Alex wants, her answer inevitably has something to do with safety. She states, “I want a nice family that is safe and won’t hurt me. I want a family who will do lots of things with me like play Wii games, take me swimming and just spend time with me.” Alex gets along well with older girls and would love to have some older sisters. She does love young children as well, and says that when she grows up she wants to be a babysitter! However, given Alex’s need for a lot of time, attention, and supervision, having younger siblings would not be ideal for her at this time. Alex doesn’t have a preference about where her family lives, as long as they take good care of her and give her an abundance of appropriate affection and attention.

Alex is working at grade level for the third grade. Historically she has done very well in school. However, Alex has struggled this year with good peer relations and social integration. She has been to several different elementary schools over the last three years which has made secure peer relationships difficult for Alex. She also has some language and communication delays that should be addressed with language therapy, but Alex currently refuses to participate in this type of therapy. Alex's difficulty communicating her thoughts and feelings often cause additional anxiety for Alex, that in turn escalate acting out behavior. Helping her overcome her language delays could make a significant positive impact on Alex's success in school and in a family.

Alex’s adoption team is searching for a patient, nurturing, skilled family with some experience with children who have dealt with extreme trauma and loss. Alex is making slow progress in therapy dealing with her trauma history and will need ongoing therapeutic support in this area. She will need continued trauma focused therapy that engages Alex's caregivers. This will help Alex form loving, healthy attachments to her new family.

If your family has what it takes to give this special young lady a safe, loving, nurturing family and home; and if you have the time, energy and skills to devote to Alex’s emotional, social and developmental progress, her adoption team wants to hear from you.

Portrait by Matt Green Photography

To find out more about Alexandria, 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: 30508.

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