Wednesday’s Child: Terren


On a rainy summer day, 13-year-old Terren would still rather be outside.

“Doesn’t matter what the weather is,” said his foster mom Missi. “If he can fish, he’s there.”

Fishing is his favorite. Terren said he likes to catch crappie, bass, and walleye.

“Any kind we can find!” laughed Terren.

It’s no wonder his favorite meal is a good old fashioned fish fry. Casting a line isn’t all Terren likes to do outdoors. He also loves exploring nature. His specialty is catching critters. We met Terren for his first experience at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Each exhibit brought a story of his own. He also told me about his love for art.

“Most of the time, if I get the time (I’m) drawing,” Terren said.

While we explored both indoors and out, Terren’s foster mom Missi was also there.

“He loves to help around the house,” Missi said. “He could spend all day out in the shop with his foster dad, and he loves to cook. He’s always trying to help me in the kitchen.”

She said Terren’s goofy, quirky personality makes him easy to love.

“He is so excited to have a forever home,” Missi said. “He really wants a family to love. Within a week, they would just totally fall in love with him. Probably hours; not even a week.”

For more information on 13-year-old Terren, contact Tracie Mease with the Webster County Children’s Division at (417) 468-1765. You can also look up frequently asked questions about fostering and adopting on the Missouri Department of Social Services website.

KOLR10’s partnership with the Missouri Department of Social Services allows us to feature foster children who are up for adoption. There is always a need for foster homes, especially for children ages six and older. Recruiting families for older children can be more challenging than finding placement for an infant.

If you’re interested in helping foster children through volunteer work, visit the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri website. Volunteers with this organization become a dedicated advocate to abused and neglected children, speaking up for the child’s best interest in court, at school, and in the community.

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