ATHOL, Idaho - It was against my better judgment to climb on the corkscrew with Matt and his friend at Silverwood, but it was actually really fun. It's also amazing hanging out with Matt. He's a kick!
He's 14, and just started his eighth grade year. And, just like he took on the panic plunge, is ready to tackle anything thrown his way.
Matt's favorite things include video games, hanging out with friends, and BMX bikes.
School is okay for Matt. He says he's good at math, but he's even better in the role of class clown. He'd love to turn it into a profession.
“Because at school I like to make people laugh. I've learned to do it at the right moments and not the wrong moments,” said Matt.
At least he's learning from his mistakes.
What isn't his mistake or his fault, is that Matt ended up in foster care. There are a few things he'd like his peers to understand about it.
“It's really hard to get over things your parents did, and everything like that, or if that's the reason you're in foster care,” said Matt.
It's something many other 14 year olds just can't comprehend.
“It's hard to make new friends, get used to new foster families, if you ever get moved,” said Matt.
The hope is that Matt's next move will be his last, and that he'll be adopted into a family.
A family who will commit to him, completely, giving him the structure, stability, and love that he needs.
Matt's new family will be in for a great ride.
For more information about adopting Matt, call Northwest Adoption Exchange at 1-800-927-9411.