Meet Children Waiting for a Family
12-year-old Ethan is a smart, funny and lovable young man. He enjoys playing basketball, football and riding his bike. He is very active and would thrive in an active family that spends time outdoors. Indoors, Ethan enjoys board games. Ethan does well academically, is very intuitive, and enjoys learning new things. Ethan’s favorite subject in school is science. Ethan attends and enjoys church in his current placement and would like a family who values church. He states he would love to have a family with pets. Ethan will do best in a family with no other children that will provide structure with support, affection, and plenty of one-on-one attention.
15-year-old Damien is intelligent, respectful, and has a good sense of humor. He enjoys playing football and basketball, which have proven to be stress relieving and anger reducing activities for Damien. He also enjoys dancing and singing along to rap and hip hop music. Damien loves fashion and likes to wear the most expensive and up-to-date shoes. Damien has matured greatly over time and can accept responsibility for his actions and is remorseful afterwards. Damien does well academically and has expressed a desire to go to college to study urban education. Damien would benefit from a male role model in his future adoptive home.
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16-year-old Lance enjoys being active and learning about new things. Lance is a veggie lover and enjoys trying new food. He has expressed a love for Thai, Indian, Dominican and Jamaican food. He enjoys taking time to himself by walking around the neighborhood or through the woods. Lance would love to be adopted but hopes to stay close to where he is now. He has some good friends that are like family. He is excited to explore his options and is hoping to find a family who will accept him for who he is. He would love a laid back family who will trust him and allow him to be a teenager. Lance knows he needs rules and supervision, and he’s learning how to adjust to a home where these exist. Lance is open to a 1 or 2 parent home where there may be kids and pets. He’s open to same gendered couples and has no preference when it comes to race/ethnicity.
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Keyatta is an energetic 16-year-old with a sense of style, a passion for dance, and a curiosity about everything. Her bubbly personality and funny stories are bound to put a smile on your face! She is rarely at a loss for words, and enjoys discussions and direct conversations. Her favorite activities include shopping, doing ballet, and spending time with animals. Keyatta enjoys school, and her favorite subject is English. She currently volunteers at a local hair salon and looks forward to interacting with the customers. Her goal is to go to college and pursue a career as a child domestic abuse lawyer. She has experienced a lot of change and disappointment, and she is very resilient!
Keyatta describes her ideal family as one that would have good communication, laugh together, provide support, and take care of each other. She will thrive in a two-parent or single mother home in which she is the youngest or only child. She would do best in a patient, committed family that would provide her with security and consistency while continuing to help her make progress toward her goals. Keyatta is very eager to find a family that will help her maintain her current connections and be a part of making new ones!
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Maddox is 15 years old and is the definition of a “true gentleman,” for he is always running to open doors for the ladies, he takes his hat off indoors and is described by others as considerate and genuine. He enjoys taking things apart, he has a mechanic’s mind! He is obsessed with motorcycles and loves learning everything he can about them. A few of his favorites right now are the Z125 Pro, Ninja 636 and Ninja 300 winter test edition. Maddox is a very smart young man and would benefit from a structured academic environment in which he can truly apply himself. He is described as having the ability to be a good role model, but has had some challenges in the past forming solid friendships. Maddox is wonderful with animals and has a huge heart. He is able to display high levels of sympathy and empathy for others.
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Kaitlyn, who prefers to be called Kate, is a vivacious teenage girl who loves to laugh and enjoys spending time with her friends. Singing is her hidden talent and she sings joyfully in front of others without any hesitation. She loves to dance and wants to take lessons one day. Kate takes pride in her appearance, she enjoys having her hair and nails done and making sure her outfits are nice. She is a strong advocate for herself and likes to be a part in exploring her choices, knowing her rights and in making decisions. Like any teenager, Kate loves social media and connecting with others. She stays up on the latest music and enjoys it being played at maximum volume! Kate has the potential to be a strong student and she does well in school overall but desires stability to complete the remaining time she has in high school. Like most kids in care who move around often, her grades have suffered because of the inconsistency. She would do really well with a family who will advocate for her educationally and help her maintain existing connections in her life. Kate needs a family who will be open to having fun while providing unconditional love, support, guidance, consistency and modeling of healthy relationships, in a safe and permanent home.
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16-year-old Keith is outgoing, well-mannered and enjoys spending time with his friends. He enjoys playing with his electronics and listening to music. Keith is an avid reader and would probably request going to the library over any other type of entertainment or amusement. He is above grade-level in reading. He has expressed an interest in participating in school sports such as football and ROTC. Keith is a great helper around the house and enjoys being outdoors. He likes pets, especially dogs, and hopes his forever family will allow him to have a dog. He will do well with a family that has clear boundaries and structure, can devote one-on-one time to him, and give him lots of love. A two-parent or single-parent home would be a good fit.
Hi, my name is Dymond, but my nickname is “Dee Dee.” If there was one thing I would want people to know about me, it would be that that even though I’m 16 years old, I still want to belong to somebody. I’m a neat freak and possibly a germaphobe. I love school – English is my favorite class – and I’m boy crazy, like every other teenager. I’ve moved around central Virginia more than anyone I know, and I just want to find a place to call home, to call “my rock.” I love swimming and dislike smelly things. I love hiking, but I am scared of heights. I love fried chicken and every flavor of ice cream, but I cannot stand boiled carrots. Music soothes my soul, and my favorite artist is Keyshia Cole. My biggest fear is being alone, and at this point in my life, I know I need a family. I have big dreams that include helping people, and I need that support behind me. I really want to make sure I have people screaming for me as I walk across the stages to get my diplomas. I’m looking for a family who will love me for who I am, and I’m excited to start the next chapter in my life.
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Cameron is one of the funniest 16-year-olds you will meet! He is bright, goofy, and loves to laugh and make others laugh. He enjoys sharing and discussing events that are going on in the world as well as the interesting topics he is learning in school. Cameron’s favorite activities are watching Seattle Seahawks games, and playing video games, board games, and basketball. He also likes doing puzzles and listening to country music. He has a strong Christian faith and has enjoyed being active in his church community and attending summer camps. He is a good helper who values being part of a team and would benefit from having structured opportunities for chores and independent living tasks.
Cameron has experienced a lot of disappointments in his life, and he deserves a patient, experienced family who is familiar with providing a structured environment while helping him progress in his goals. He would do best in a two-parent or single parent home, with supervision and activities to keep him engaged. He would do well with same age teens or as the youngest or only child in the home. Cameron desires a family open to preserving the connections he has with his biological sisters.
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Don’t let her petite size fool you—Anahi is full of personality and has more energy than she knows what to do with! This 16-year-old loves to spend the day outdoors and enjoys being active. Her favorite outdoor activities include playing basketball, four corners, football, and jumping rope. She loves talking, laughing, and getting her nails done when she’s hanging out with friends. One thing Anahi would like everyone to know about her is she never gives up, even when she goes through hard times. If you were to peek into Anahi’s room, you would be able to tell she is neat, bright, and creative. Anahi enjoys school (for the most part!) and dreams of becoming a psychiatrist when she grows up. She has big ideas, big dreams, and big goals in life. Anahi needs support and commitment from an adoptive family who will be her biggest cheerleaders of all.
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Hey I’m Daniel. I’m very family-oriented, I would like a loving and caring home with family members who will accept me for who I am. I am very kind-hearted. I like to play football. I love animals, especially dogs and horses. I have a dog who’s deaf and I call her BB. She is 16 years old and I would love to keep her in my life. I’m active and I enjoy fixing cars and riding 4 wheelers. I’m very good with little brothers and little sisters; they seem to love me for some reason! I’m not in contact with a lot of my birth family right now, but I would like to be. I am very helpful and love to cook. Some people think I look a lot older than I am. I am a very good conversationalist and I enjoy talking about life and cars. I enjoy school a little (because of being able to hang out with friends), but I’m a good student. I’m open to a 2 parent or 1 parent home, with or without kids. I’m looking for a family who will be my rock and help me get set up for a successful future. I’d love to be a veterinarian or a mechanic because I love animals and I love cars. Maybe I’ll be Dr. Daniel with a side business of restoring old muscle cars while hanging out with my dogs in the garage. Thanks for taking the time to read about me. I’d love to be a part of your family.
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Placement in Progress
Whether he is tossing a football in the yard or holding a winning hand of Skip-Bo, 16-year-old Ashton enjoys being active. When asked, Ashton says his favorite subject in school is P.E. because “it’s the closest thing to recess!” He has already made significant improvements in the classroom. Ashton is a nice young man with quite a sense of humor. He enjoys a variety of music and can rock out to Michael Jackson and Metallica, at the same time. You are bound to win him over with a strawberry milkshake!
Ashton has three siblings and family is very important to him. His forever family would encourage and support his wishes to maintain those connections. He has had to face many tough challenges and hard losses in his lifetime. He needs a family to commit to him with patience and consistency. Ashton is doing well in his current temporary placement and continues to process the “good and bad” of adoption. He suspects this transition will be difficult, but understands that all things come with time. Ashton says he would like a family just like his current placement: a family who would teach him things and take him to church. A two-parent home would best suit this young man’s needs, and Ashton would benefit from being the only child in the family.
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Andrew is a fun, hilarious, shy yet outgoing, typical teenage boy. He’s well-liked by his peers and is viewed a leader. He’s into the most popular music (of today) and has short little dance moves to go with said popular music. Andrew thrives off of his time with friends, is loyal, keeps people laughing, and loves video games and comedies. Andrew takes a lot of pride in his appearance and likes to wear what he LOVES, not what is trendy at the time. Right now, he’s into wearing VANS shoes and preppy pastels. Andrew is extremely active and is an incredible basketball player. He is FAST and brings competitive energy to his team. He can throw a football out of sight and probably run to catch it before it hits the ground! Andrew does well in school overall and has been stable in his current placement. He’s ready for one last move, into an adoptive home, so he can get set up to launch into adulthood, yet still belong to someone and have a safe place to call home when things get tough in the real world.
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Placement in Progress
This young man is FULL of personality! Jacob is 15 years old and loves to smile, laugh, and try to see the positive in things. He enjoys school. He particularly likes Reading, English, Math and Art, and, of course, the social aspect of school! Jacob enjoys watching funny movies and loves anything with Will Ferrell in it. Jacob likes watching documentaries, funny TV shows like Ridiculousness and reality TV shows like Duck Dynasty. Jacob is in great shape and enjoys being active. He loves most sports and is really hoping to get into boxing in the near future. He recently learned how to wrap his hands for boxing by watching YouTube videos. His favorite sports teams are the Redskins and the Broncos. Jacob dreams of becoming a professional boxer when he grows up, and his backup plan involves being a businessman of some sort. He hopes to find a family who will keep him active, commit to him lifelong, embrace the connections he already has, and let him be a kid!
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Lila is a loving and caring 17-year-old who forms bonds quickly with her caregivers. Lila is limited verbally but is able to express her needs and wants by leading others to what she wants or using her communication books. Lila is noted to have high awareness of people around her. She enjoys music, movies, playing outdoors, Play Dough, looking at books, completing puzzles, singing, and playing with blocks. Lila is a chocolate lover who thrives in being outdoors, particularly on the swings. She also likes dancing, especially with others. Lila likes to be independent with her self-care needs.
Lila needs a family who is familiar with special needs children who can offer her a calm, predictable environment with consistent day to day routines. Adoption is a lifetime commitment, and with Lila, a family needs to be open to having Lila in their home lifelong.
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Placement in Progress
Watch out if you see Joey coming your way on his skateboard! Joey is 16 years old and is described by others as a “man of few words.” He is into sports and enjoys being outside most of the time. If it is during a season where there are a lot of bugs outside, you may not see him too much because Joey detests bugs. He is mechanically inclined and really enjoys taking things apart to put them back together. This young gentleman is quite the history buff and enjoys learning fun facts about our past, specifically about World War I.
Joey is open to being adopted and hopes that his new family has a dog or is open to getting a dog!
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Meet 16-year-old Kiarra! Kiarra can be shy initially, but has found her voice to become an advocate for her needs. She has an interest in fashion, modeling, singing, drawing, reading and writing. Kiarra was a track star and is now interested in playing volley ball. She is a resilient teenager who responds best when supported with positive affirmation and praise in a calm and nurturing manner. She needs encouraging adoptive parents who can help her experience educational success. Kiarra will thrive with resilient, patient, experienced adoptive parents who are committed to help her form trusting and nurturing relationships and experience the joys of being a youth. She will do well as a member of family with older female siblings who are great role models. Maintaining connections with her three siblings is very important to Kiarra.
Today there are more than 1,400 Virginia children, and more than 100,000 U.S. children, in foster care waiting to be adopted. These children range in age from less than a year old to 21. At AdoptUSKids, you can explore the database of thousands of children in foster care available for adoption who need permanent, loving homes.
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