Meet Children Waiting for a Family

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Meet Elijah! When first introduced to you, he will shake your hand and tell you how nice it is to meet you. This young man is quite the conversationalist, he is full of energy and is very curious about everything. Elijah loves being outside and especially loves swimming. He is creative and creates masterpieces with Legos, enjoys drawing and likes to sing. He dreams of being an actor and likes the idea of transforming into someone else to entertain people.

Elijah loves to learn new things and enjoys meeting new people. He is excited about adding people to his life who will love him and call him theirs. Elijah does have a village surrounding him, full of people from his birth family, previous caregivers and people in the community who will all want to stay connected to him, so his adoptive family will need to be open to maintaining contact and helping with visits.

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Arianna is an intelligent 15 year old who would love to be a part of a forever family. Arianna loves playing video games and has taken this interest to the next level when she coded a game of her own! Like most teens, her favorite game is Fortnite. Arianna loves super hero shows and movies. She has read many of the Marvel and DC comic book series and her favorite show is The Flash. Arianna also enjoys watching football and likes to talk stats about her favorite players on the New England Patriots. She spends her time reading books and making arts and crafts, especially origami. She wants to participate in sports and would like to play volleyball.

Arianna can be a talkative and social young lady when she gets around the right group of people. She loves learning and often shares interesting facts that she has read. Arianna is very smart and is curious about the world around her. She has expressed a desire to study Japanese in the future. Arianna has talked about joining the ROTC and might consider enlisting in the military after high school or may attend college to become a gaming systems developer. She is more of a cat person than a dog person but likes all animals (especially goats!!). Arianna has such a bright future and would love a forever family to share in her beautiful journey.

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To put it simply, 12-year-old Mutusim is a lover of life. He can rarely be found without a smile and uses each and every one of his muscles to laugh at his own jokes. He is a passionate young man who is eager to share his many interests with others. He loves to dance without an ounce of shame and is an avid fan of sports. His two favorite sports are basketball and WWE wrestling. He was previously John Cena’s biggest fan, but has been feeling a bit betrayed by his recent move to the world of acting. Mutusim loves to be outdoors and active and hopes to find a family who enjoys similar activities. Though he was born in the United States, Mutusim’s biological parents immigrated here as refugees from Sudan and Egypt. Mutusim has spent time living in Egypt periodically throughout his childhood. He is bilingual and can speak both Arabic and English. Mutusim is beyond excited to be adopted and is eagerly anticipating the day he will be able to meet his forever family!

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Kathreen is a happy girl who loves to stay active. She enjoys swimming and playing outside. With an inquisitive mind, Kathreen is always interested in learning new things. She would like to participate in gymnastics and wants to learn how to cook. Kathreen loves to play with dolls. She likes to have her hair braided and try new hairstyles. Kathreen is very friendly and enjoys meeting new people since she loves to smile and make people laugh. To help with her studies, Kathreen enjoys using educational computer programs. She loves animals, especially dogs.

Kathreen loves to be a helper and does best in a structured environment. She is eager to please and appreciates praise. She responds well to calm, patient, and supportive adults. Kathreen likes to have one on one attention. She would do best with a single mom.

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John is rambunctious and thoroughly enjoys playing outside. He loves to play board games and card games such as Chutes and Ladders, Trouble, and Go Fish. John loves to carry on conversations and is very curious about his surroundings. When he is in a new place, he wants to know what everything is and how it works. John has quite the imagination and loves to pretend, especially if he can pretend to drive a large truck with a passenger along for the ride!

John is sweet and polite and enjoys being around others. He would love to have a dog in his new family. John is usually a very happy youngster and takes great pride and joy in helping others.

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Aangel is a loving teenager with a smile that can light up any room. Aangel also has a great sense of humor and is always telling jokes to make other people laugh. She loves to have conversations with people and will throw you off by asking you deep philosophical questions. Aangel enjoys watching and playing sports. She enjoys playing basketball and football, and wishes to play on a team someday. Aangel in an animal lover and enjoys having a pet to take care of. She loves dogs and bunnies, but is not a big fan of cats. Aangel enjoys playing UNO, board games, Jenga, listening to music, and dining out. Seeing the beach and putting her feet in the water is on her bucket list. In a family, Aangel would love to attend church, be active, travel and feel like she belongs.

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Photo of Paul

Meet Paul! This 12 year old is really excited about finding his forever family! Anything to do with video games, puts a big smile on his face. He enjoys talking and exchanging fun facts with people and he loves to laugh. Paul takes a minute to warm up to people he is just meeting, but once he feels comfortable, he is very energetic and funny. Paul is a thoughtful boy who enjoys having fun and learning new things. He is making progress on his goals in his current placement and is hopeful about successfully transitioning to his forever home once a family has been found. Paul is doing well in his current placement, which means the schedules, predictability and felt-safety he is experiencing is making a major difference. In the past, Paul has struggled to manage his feelings and self-regulate. He has learned new coping skills and is proud of himself when he’s praised for using them on his own. Paul uses creative ways to make sure he can be calm and feel safe. His favorite method right now is using a body sock, which he has in his room and will ask to use if he needs to calm himself down.

Paul will do best in a two parent home, where healthy affection is provided. In the past, Paul was not taught how to best handle animals, but in his current placement, he has learned how to care for them and to treat them with respect. He loves the idea of having a cat! Paul would thrive with a family who enjoys science, technology and learning new things. His dream would be to be with a gaming family!

“Paul makes such an impact on people. He just needs someone to read to him, spend time with him, go to the park with him and have traditions with. He deserves to be loved and wanted. He needs and wants connection. He just needs someone who is willing to take a chance on him.”- Paul’s DSS worker

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16-year-old Nevaeh loves wearing Nike, ADIDAS, Yeezys and Gucci. She has recently developed a love for Caramel Frappuccino and her favorite food is a nice hot order of mozzarella sticks. Nevaeh will tell you she dislikes peas (they look like ticks) and mean people. She loves to learn about history, especially if it involves paranormal stories. Nevaeh enjoys going to the movies and her favorite genre would be horror/scary movies!
Nevaeh enjoys writing song lyrics and expressing herself through music; she feels music is the best therapy. She has an interest in guitar and recently took lessons. Nevaeh can be very thoughtful about others well-beings and desires to enter a profession, such as working for the Red Cross, in which she can assist those who experience tragedy. Currently, she is wanting to become a Firefighter!

Nevaeh consistently sticks up for the underdog and those who don’t always have the ability to do so for themselves. She also likes to play basketball, enjoys being goofy, and has a great sense of humor. Nevaeh does best with consistency and predictability. She has a strong desire to be a part of a family, but needs help creating lasting relationships. Nevaeh said, “I need a family who will be patient with me, never give up on me and who will let me be a kid without pushing it, oh and also who will allow me to be super creative.” She deserves a family that can remain dedicated to her through challenging times, especially as she adjusts to understanding her role within a new family.

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Photo of Sebastian

Sebastian is a fun-loving young man whose interest range anywhere between soccer to tic-tac-toe to remote control cars to movies. His weekends are spent both outside and indoors. He loves diet Dr. Pepper, hugs, chocolate cake with chocolate icing, jolly ranchers, robots and his favorite holiday is his birthday! Whether he is playing soccer outside with friends or inside with a bag of popcorn catching the latest action movie, Sebastian loves to have fun! His witty sense of humor and goofy nature is what makes him adored by many. Along with being funny, Sebastian is also smart and quite the conversationalist! He is looking for a forever family that is patient, loving, supportive and ready to have a hands-on parenting experience!

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Photo of China

13-year-old China is very social and outgoing. She befriends other children easily, and is very energetic. China loves to perform for others, especially by singing and dancing, and is currently in the drama club. She also likes to ride her bike and play outside. China has participated in the girl scouts in the past and thought it was a great experience. Her appearance is very important to her, and she enjoys shopping and having her hair done. She is currently learning responsibility by cleaning her room and living space. China is inquisitive and responds well to curiosity. She really enjoys school and likes to be a leader among other students. She likes being a part of a community, especially through school, church, and family. China will do best in a family that can provide her with a consistent schedule and a routine. She thrives when she feels safe, cared for, and understands the expectations she has within the family.

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Photo of Hayleigh

Hayleigh is an outgoing and active young lady who loves art and music. She likes soccer and is looking forward to being with a family that enjoys staying active in sports and outdoor activities. She loves summer time and spending time by the water. Hayleigh likes to make jokes and is very friendly! A social butterfly and an outspoken young lady, Hayleigh is very charismatic and loves to laugh and make other people laugh. Mexican food is her go-to favorite.

Hayleigh is very ambitious and driven and using those traits to graduate from high school! Hayleigh is interested in becoming a prosecutor or joining the armed services one day. She has a strong connection with her family members and would like to remain in contact with them. Hayleigh is looking for a patient, understanding family who would support her creativity and desire to learn and try new things.

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Photo of Joseph

Joseph, who prefers to be called JoJo, is an amazing little boy. He can be very lovable and will give out hugs to others. He is very talkative and has a vivid imagination. When telling a story he gets very animated, moving about and acting out the scene. JoJo has a hearty appetite and there aren’t many foods that he doesn’t like.

JoJo’s favorite things to play with are dinosaur figures. He enjoys collecting them and reading about all the different types of dinosaurs. He also likes to construct things out of Legos and watch cartoons, and does well playing on his own. JoJo also has a creative side; he likes to collect small items and then put them together to create larger original objects.

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Placement in Progress

Hunter is a friendly, creative, and loving young boy. He is 10 years old and in the 3rd grade. Hunter enjoys reading comic books and watching cartoons, especially Teen Titans. Another of his favorite things is playing with Legos, especially anything superhero or Star Wars related. Hunter likes to ride his bike outside and also play imaginative games with his peers. Hunter’s favorite food is ice cream sundaes, but if he had to eat only one food for the rest of his life, Hunter would choose raw carrots – so he could stay healthy! Hunter’s ideal family would include a mom, dad, and pets. Hunter’s perfect family would love Legos, Marvel movies, and ice cream.


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Placement in Progress

16-year-old Ashton is an intelligent, charming, out-going and curious young man with a contagious smile and laugh! He currently has an A/B average in his classes and enjoys school. Ashton loves to meet new people, ask questions, and will talk to anyone! He participates in the middle school strings program and has played the violin for several years. Ashton does not care for sports so he’s currently taking Taekwondo lessons and cardio classes. He prefers to stay inside and enjoys staying busy by playing video or arcade games, watching movies, and using computers. Ashton is artistic and creative, and finds enjoyment in drawing and coloring in his sketch book, building with Legos, and reading. Ashton will tell you his choice food or snack would be dill pickles and he loathes onions and mushrooms. He tends to be a home body but also is content with going places as long as he is with people who care about him. When he’s not at home, Ashton loves going to arcades, playing laser tag and going roller skating. Ashton is very involved in his church, attends youth group weekly and sings in the choir. When asked about what his favorite type of music is, he says, “I love all music, seriously ALL music!”  Ashton would love to belong to a fun, active, committed and loving family. He would do best as the youngest child.

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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