Meet Children Waiting for a Family

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Photo of Aangel

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 11, almost 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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15-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 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 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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Photo of Abigail

16-year-old Abigail’s smile can brighten a room. She is a person who is always smiling and loves to laugh. Abigail enjoys going out and doing a variety of different things. She enjoys swimming, shopping, music and having fun. She is an active cheerleader at her high school where she cheers for football and basketball season. She volunteers as a camp counselor during the summer and attends church regularly. Abigail participates in the youth choir at her church and enjoys singing and participating in youth activities to include vacation bible school. Abigail is uncertain about what she would like to do after high school and is considering all options. Abigail does very well academically in school and looks forward to each day. As the oldest of eleven siblings she enjoys being a big sister.

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Placement in Progress

To put it simply, 11-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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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.


Photo of Ashton

Placement in Progress

15-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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