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QUIET 13-YEAR-OLD HAS SENSE OF HUMOR, NEEDS LOVING FAMILY

Troy, born Aug. 18, 1979, is a quiet young man with a delightful sense of humor who likes to joke around. He is gentle and likes to make teasing remarks to show his affection for others. He enjoys helping his foster dad and is proud of the athletic activities he is getting involved in. Camping and fishing are two of his favorites.

Troy has lived with one foster family for eight years, after experiencing severe neglect and abuse in his birth home. He is slowly blossoming, learning to trust others and feel good about himself. You can see the pleasure on his face when he is praised or complimented. Troy has difficulty expressing his feelings and, though he enjoys affection, he still needsan adult to initiate it. He often feels rejected and has low self-esteem. Troy has been in attach-ment/-holding therapy, and his social worker says his adoptive family will need to be committed to continuing family therapy.

In the fall, he will be in a special education seventh-grade class. He did well in sixth grade in a structured setting. Borderline IQ, speech problems and attention deficit disorder make learning a challenge for him. He also has vision problems, is very small for his age and takes Ritalin to help him concentrate.

Troy is American Indian, probably Sioux, but no tribal affiliations could be found by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. His social worker would like him to have an American Indian family, but all families who can provide love, commitment and special support will be considered. Troy might do best as the oldest child, although older siblings not living at home would be fine. Financial assistance is available.

Editor's note: Every week the Deseret News profiles a special-needs child available for adoption through the Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange. An estimated 35,000 children are considered "special needs" because they are an ethnic minority, disabled, older or hard to place because there are several siblings who need to be placed together. Anyone interested in a child may call the exchange at 359-7700.