Meet Shyhaila

Shyhaila generously chose to share some of her story through our In-Depth Profiles project, which empowers youth to speak directly to potential families. Learn more about In-Depth Profiles.

Favorite clothing store: American Eagle
Wants to travel to: New York City
Always willing to try: Baking a new recipe
Looks forward to: Finding permanency through guardianship

Special Note: Guardianship Family Needed

Shyhaila is waiting for a loving, committed family who can provide long lasting care. While adoption is not a culturally appropriate option, she still needs permanency through a guardianship family. Learn more about Guardianship or Long Term Foster Care here. Learn more about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) process and considerations when fostering, adopting or becoming a guardian for Native American or Alaskan Native children here.

Those who know Shyhaila best know her to be a “luminous, sweet, outgoing” preteen with a LOT of talents and interests. Shyhaila, who also goes by Shy or Shyhails, is a proudly enrolled member of her Klamath Tribe. While a Native family is of preference for Shyhaila, the Tribe feels it is most important to keep Shy physically close and actively connected to the Klamath Tribal community in southern Oregon. All families of any race or culture can potentially be considered if they can fulfill this vital and local role for Shyhaila. One of Shy's favorite activities related to her culture is going to Pow Wows where she enjoys seeing the dancing, earrings, and spending time with those from her Klamath Tribal community.

While she may be initially reserved when getting to know someone new, it's not long before Shyhaila's hilarious, outgoing nature emerges once she’s comfortable. Her many interests including puzzles, watching movies (especially horror movies - just for the thrills!), swimming, riding bikes, camping, and fishing. Shy loves to be outside, and will take any chance she can to enjoy the great outdoors! She also finds great joy in baking, which made it a natural decision to invite prospective families into the kitchen with her for her In-Depth Profile. Shyhaila is happy to help out with dinner and other kitchen duties.

Shy has recently been delving more into shopping and developing her love for fashion. She especially loves the look of ripped jeans, and enjoys experimenting with different hairstyles. Shyhaila looks forward to being able to travel outside of Oregon; Florida, Colorado, and New York City are at the top of her list! A current middle schooler, Shy reports that she enjoys school. Her favorite subjects at the moment are social studies and language arts. With a little extra support, she is making positive progress with her academics.

As for what Shyhaila is looking for in her guardianship family? She loves pets and would be ecstatic to have a cat in her new home. Shy would like an "energetic" family that enjoys being outdoors, camping, and hiking (but not up any mountains that are too high!). Shy would like to avoid living in the "big city" if possible, and thinks it would be great if her future home has a large backyard. Shyhaila also wants to be a part of a family where there is lots of open communication.

A loving, predictable, and stable family, hopefully with a female caregiver she can bond closely with, would be ideal for Shy. She would do best as an only child and deserves to be the sole focus of adoring adults. Shy is looking for a family who will be able to help her make new friends, have fun, and build new skills all at once. Shy’s involvement with the Klamath Tribe is very important, and needs to remain a priority in her life. Shy is seeking a family that can help her continue to develop a strong and positive self-concept, including feeling able to talk about and embrace her Klamath identity. Her guardianship resource must be supportive and encouraging of Shy in developing her own identity and exploring her Tribal heritage and what it means to her. Shy has many important relationships with people that she will need to stay connected to. It is imperative that her permanent family be able to support her in maintaining these connections no matter where Shy ends up living.

Shyhaila is a fierce self-advocate who is determined to find permanency once and for all. If you share in Shyhaila's love for cupcakes, horror movies, and 80's music, please reach out to us! This caring and funny young lady is certain to brighten any home she lives in with her shining spirit.

Beyond the Profile: Coming soon!

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