Dameion, 14, is an African-American male proudly promoted to the 8th grade this year after doing very well in 7th grade and summer school, having made tremendous strides and progress academically and behaviorally since 2006. He has special education needs. Dameion has done very well in his current foster home, where he has resided since August 2007; is demonstrating signs of increasing maturity; and is doing well overall at home and in school. He is healthy with no known or reported major medical concerns or issues. Dameion enjoys attending summer camps and likes to go on day trips to amusement parks. He has a membership at the YMCA. Dameion likes swimming in the community pool and participating in family outings. He attends Boys & Girls Club daily after school. Dameion enjoys listening to music through his headphones. He would like to maintain contact with several members of his biological extended family.
Permanency Achieved with Family
Josh, 13, is an African-American male legally free for adoption. He was recently promoted to 8th grade after a successful 7th grade year and expressed interest in trying out for the school Track team. Josh continues to feel somewhat stressed by the increased workload of middle school but did miss attending school when it was not in session during summer break. His teacher works cooperatively with him by allowing him to receive extra credit for additional work completed on weekends. Josh is interested in moving from special education to regular classes. He attends a creative arts school twice weekly. Josh enjoyed spending time with his mentor from Big Brothers/Big Sisters and is awaiting assignment of a new one. He has no known or reported medical concerns. He enjoys visiting with his half-brother and that sibling’s grandmother. Could your family possibly be the forever family for which Josh is waiting?
Mykeisha (Keisha) is a beautiful, 15-year-old, African-American young lady. She is a very good A - B student. Because of some medical issues, Keisha attended a specialized school in eager anticipation of attending high school. She is now enjoying and doing well in 9th grade in a vocational-technical high school, and that has her very excited! She enjoys spending time with her peers, as well as playing games or watching TV. She also enjoys singing, dancing, and stepping. Keisha has long-term plans and hopes to own a restaurant someday. She is learning about healthy nutrition but does love to make pastries. She also plans to attend college and, eventually, raise her own family. Keisha needs a family to help her move into the future and accomplish her goals - could that be you?
Jowelle is an African-American girl born in 1996 currently in foster care and legally free for adoption. She gets a kick from cruising on her bicycle, roller skating, and knocking down pins at the bowling alley. She has lots of BFFs (Best Friends Forever), and her sense of humor keeps them all in stitches. She would like to take swimming lessons. A forever family is sought for this young girl, who for now is just enjoying being a child, although she plans to become a teacher. She was on the Honor Roll all year during 4th grade and also received a perfect attendance award for that year. Jowelle is a twin being placed separately from her brothers and sisters. She likes to be the center of attention and prefers to be the only child in an African-American family.
Not Currently Seeking Adoption
Akoya is an 11-year-old, African-American girl currently in foster care and legally free for adoption. She is ambitious, intelligent, friendly, and outgoing. Akoya loves being involved in activities and bringing joy to the lives of others. She wants to become a veterinarian or teacher. She maintains average grades and is well liked by her teachers and peers. She likes all of her school subjects and playing Double Dutch with her best friend at recess. She has a good sense of humor and is usually laughing and playful. Spirituality and God are very important to her; she is active in her school and church choirs and with a Praise Dance Troop. Akoya would like a forever family that enjoys various activities, especially church. She wants a mother who will care about her and love her. Akoya has siblings with whom she will need to maintain contact through letters.
Not currently seeking adoption
TURRELL is an African-American boy born in 1998 who is legally free for adoption. Making a good impression is very important to Turrell. He is friendly, outgoing, and really likes to talk, especially about sports. Turrell loves football and plans to be a professional athlete. He enjoys bowling, roller skating, and riding his bicycle. Science is his favorite subject. Turrell loves chicken nuggets, spaghetti, chili, and macaroni & cheese. He is very charming. Turrell has siblings with whom he needs to maintain regular contact and is seeking a forever family who will encourage and support this meaningful.
Jaliqua is a 13-year-old, African-American girl residing in a foster home and is legally free for adoption. She has many interests, including sports, horses, bike riding, roller skating, and singing. Jaliqua likes socializing with her friends whether outside or talking via telephone. She loves painting and art projects, and solving puzzles. She previously contributed as a star player on her basketball team at the local recreation center and would love to resume basketball. Jaliqua is one of seven children in her birth family; however, they are all being placed separately for adoption. She can be very sweet and caring toward others but has a very tenacious streak as well. Jaliqua prefers to have things the way she wants them. A forever family is needed to help Jaliqua become the great leader she may be destined to be.
Reached Age of Majority
Jacob is a 12-year-old, African-American boy legally free for adoption, wanting “a true family that likes to have fun even doing housework”. He enjoys cooking, wanting to be a world-famous chef; he watches cooking shows, making all kinds of desserts, including cheesecake and banana bread. He enjoys horseback riding and football. Jacob does well in school, maintaining solid grades. He enjoys reading, gym, science experiments, solving math equations, and playing drums in music class. Jacob is polite, inquisitive, bright, friendly, outgoing, and loves jokes. He likes movies, shopping, and listening to gospel and rap music. He prefers to dress in a suit. Thoughts of a forever family often come into his mind. All Jacob wants is a “family that loves me and likes to cook”.
Not currently seeking adoption
Ezra is a 13-year-old, African-American boy currently in foster care with his younger brother and is legally free for adoption. He hopes to become a construction worker so that he may build houses for himself, as well as for others. Ezra is friendly and enjoys sports, particularly football, and playing pool. He also animals, his favorites being snakes and other reptiles. Ezra likes to spend time at the mall and the arcade with his friends, getting a kick out of finding challengers to face off against on his favorite video games. He participates in Boys and Girls Club programs, where he mentors younger children and volunteers at homeless shelters. Ezra has endured many disappointments and has been let down by people he thought he could trust. He very much wants to be part of a family who loves and cares about him and will remain there for him for the long haul. A family is being sought that will allow him to have continued contact with his siblings, who are being placed separately.
Reached Age of Majority
Kevina is a 13-year-old, African-American girl who is legally free for adoption. She currently lives in a Residential Treatment Center, having experienced an enormous amount of hurt for someone of her young age; however, her struggles, confusion and anger have not destroyed her. Kevina is an excellent student who enjoys writing poetry, singing, cheerleading, and swimming. She enjoys shopping and can spot bargains; she dresses very well, utilizing whatever money she has. Kevina hopes to be an attorney someday, is tenacious and can stand up for what she believes. She is articulate, intelligent, and talented, and is trying diligently to use her strengths in positive ways. The fact that she can even hope for a forever family speaks volumes about her. She is a survivor.
Reached Age of Majority
Amir is an 8-year-old, African-American boy legally free for adoption. He would like to be a police officer or firefighter so that he can help take care of children. He can be kind-hearted and caring. Energetic, he is constantly on the go; he likes basketball, skeeball, and climbing through tunnels in family-fun centers. Amir has a great sense of humor and appreciates a good joke. He currently resides in a foster home, having endured many disappointments and disruptions in his young life. Amir needs a forever family who will support, encourage, and not abandon him. He would do best in a family where he would be the youngest or only child, thriving when the focus of attention is solely on him.