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Children Waiting for Adoption

The following children are waiting to be adopted by loving families. We encourage you to take a moment and learn more about our featured waiting children. For inquiries, please contact the adoption social worker at the bottom of each listing or call our offices at 616.451.2021.

Introducing Baylee

If Baylee has his way, he’ll serve and protect as an adult by becoming a police officer. Baylee also wants people to know that he cares about others, especially those less fortunate. “He wants to be rich so he can help the poor,” says his worker. He just might become rich if the policing career doesn’t work out since Baylee also wants to become a singer. His musical musings have Baylee dreaming about the place he most wants to visit, Paris. Even though he wants to visit Paris, his food preferences differ from French favorites such as coq au vin or escargot. Instead, Baylee prefers steak and tacos. When he’s in the mood to relax, Baylee enjoys playing on his PlayStation 4, and he lists “Minecraft” as one of his favorite video games. When he’s outdoors, Baylee enjoys playing football and basketball. Another one of Baylee’s favorite activities is attending church. “Baylee’s Christian faith is important to him,” says his worker. 

Baylee struggles with his behavior but receives services to help him improve in managing his emotions. Due to his behavior, Baylee requires strict supervision when he’s around other children. Baylee also struggles with behavior at school, but his worker describes him as “a bright young man.” Baylee says that his favorite subject in school is math.

Baylee is open to all family dynamics but prefers one who shares his Christian faith. Baylee would do best as the youngest child in the home. His new parents must be patient as Baylee transitions into his new home. In addition, his family must be strong advocates for the services that Baylee needs to function at his best. Finally, his family must be open to letting Baylee maintain his relationship with his siblings.

 


If you are interested in adopting Baylee, please contact LeDale Hayes at lhayes@dabsj.org or 616-284-5870.


 

Introducing Mollie

That old time religion is good enough for Mollie, who enjoys attending church and participating in its youth group. “Mollie’s Christian faith is very important to her,” says Mollie’s worker. “She also enjoys participating in mission projects with her youth group.” Mollie even tries to follow the golden rule. “She reaches out to and provides support to peers who need it,” says her worker. This compassionate, Christian teen not only enjoys choir but also volleyball and swimming. She enjoys going to the movies, watching the Disney Channel and having sleepovers with her friends. Mollie especially likes animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs and hamsters. When she gets older, Mollie wants to become a pediatrician or a teacher. If she could visit anywhere in the world, Mollie would like to travel to Paris or New York to shop and explore. With her future forever family, Mollie wants to go on vacations to Disney World or simply to camp in a park. 

Mollie will need help monitoring her health. At school, Mollie does passing work and sometimes receives assistance after school. She enjoys participating in choir and the yearbook committee. Mollie takes particular pride in being a popular girl in school, and she has many friends.

Mollie is open to many types of families, but she especially wants one who shares her Christian faith. Her worker says Mollie would do well with a positive older role model. Mollie’s future forever family must be able to give her the attention she needs to thrive at home and in school. In addition, they will need to make sure Mollie receives the services that will help her function at her best. Finally, her new family must be open to letting Mollie maintain her relationship with her siblings.


If you are interested in adopting Mollie, please contact LeDale Hayes at lhayes@dabsj.org or 616-284-5870.


 

Introducing Yajaira

Yajaira, or Yadi as she's known, is inquisitive, insightful and curious. She has a heart for everyone and is described as being a loving and charming young lady. Yadi can be very in tune with how others are feeling. “She has a heart for others and can be a charming young lady,” her worker says. Yadi’s favorite activities include attending church services weekly, participating in arts and crafts activities, playing games and being active. Yadi especially enjoys participating in team sports. In addition, having a nice appearance is important to her. Yadi hopes to be able to travel someday with a forever family, perhaps to Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. 

Yadi loves to have the attention of others and will seek it in positive or negative ways. She has experienced a lot of disappointment in her life and is learning how to manage her feelings. She can have difficulty opening up and establishing trusting relationships with others and needs patience and understanding. Yadi is also learning how to establish appropriate and positive peer relationships. She would benefit from guidance in building a positive self-perception. At school, Yadi does best in a smaller classroom environment where she can receive additional attention and assistance. 

Even though Yadi prefers a single-female parent, she would do best with two patient and experienced parents who have a strong support network. Her parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. Her family must be able to devote the time needed so Yadi can function at her best. She will require a good deal of monitoring and supervision as well as attention and support. Yadi also should be the youngest or only child in the home. In addition, the family must be strong advocates for the services that will help Yadi thrive at home and in school. Finally, since Yadi has a strong bond with her siblings, her family must be willing to let her maintain those relationships.


If you are interested in adoption Yadi, please contact Jen Fedewa at jfedewa@dabsj.org.


 

Introducing Darnell

At times, Darnell seems like a Teddy Bear in a boy’s body. He loves getting tucked in bed at night, and nothing satisfies him more than cuddling. This charming, energetic and outgoing boy looks out for others, too. “He stated that he is nice and kind and that he likes to help others,” says his worker. Still, Darnell is a bit more active than a Teddy Bear. He enjoys participating in sports. He likes going swimming. Darnell even enjoys exploring the outdoors. Some of Darnell’s favorite indoor activities include playing cards and video games. His favorite video games involve the Mario characters. His worker says that Darnell particularly enjoys Star Wars and “anything with a remote.” After all of that activity, Darnell likely builds up a big hunger. His favorite restaurants are Little Caesar’s and McDonald’s. However, Darnell would really love to satisfy his hunger with some home cooking such as cornbread muffins and banana bread. He also likes BLT’s with mayo. However, nothing could make Darnell happier than a forever family who’ll keep him safe.

Darnell displays some challenging behavior due to the trauma that he experienced. However, he receives services to help him process his past and develop better ways of expressing his feelings. “Darnell can be a great kid when things are going his way,” according to a worker. Typically, Darnell does well in school and gets along with peers, but he needs help to understand and respect proper boundaries.

Darnell is open to many family dynamics. He would do best with two experienced parents, but a single female with a strong support network would be considered. His parents would benefit from having knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. “The family needs to be patient, supportive, loving, and have the ability to keep Darnell safe,” says his worker. She adds that Darnell should be the only or youngest child in the home. Most importantly, the family must be strong advocates for the services that Darnell will need to thrive at home and in school. Finally, the family must be open to letting Darnell maintain his relationship with his siblings.


If you are interested in adoption Darnell, please contact LeDale Hayes at lhayes@dabsj.org.


 

Introducing LeeAnn

LeeAnn is a spunky fifteen year old girl whose statement “I’m not feisty!” suggests otherwise. LeeAnn has a sensitive, caring heart and is used to caring for others. As a typical teenager, LeeAnn enjoys spending time online, with friends and younger children, and listening to music. LeeAnn enjoys living in the country, and swimming. LeeAnn’s extracurricular activities include volleyball, track, and dancing. LeeAnn wants to help others when she grows up by being a therapist for children who are in foster care.

LeeAnn has been diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder. She would do best with either a two-parent home or a single female parent provided there is a strong support system. LeeAnn would do best in a home that has experience in parenting teenage girls.  LeeAnn requires parents who will teach her how to set appropriate boundaries. LeeAnn requires committed, consistent parents who will love her unconditionally. LeeAnn has a strong attachment with her sisters and her adoptive parents must be willing to assist her in maintaining those relationships.


If you are interested in adopting LeeAnn, please contact Anna Surdam at asurdam@dabsj.org or 616-774-0199.


 

Introducing Katherine

Katherine (Katie) is a sweet, tenderhearted girl who enjoys playing outside, drawing, and most of all READING. Katie enjoys being active by going to the movies, taking walks, and going out to eat. Katie is enthralled with nature and enjoys studying various aspects (tadpoles, fossils) until she feel she is an expert. Katie enjoys collecting a variety of things and her interests shift frequently. Katie is thirteen years old.

Katie responds best to a consistent schedule that is implemented with a gentle firmness. Katie needs frequent reminders and redirection and can struggle when her routine is interrupted. Katie has a caring heart and enjoys animals, but requires some supervision around them. Katie receives services at school to help her function at her best.

Katie has been diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder, Mood Disorder, PTSD, and Borderline IQ. Due to her needs, she would do best with two experienced parents. Katie requires adoptive parents who are patient, gracious, and consistent. She requires parents who can model healthy relationships and have a strong support system. Katie’s adoptive parents should be committed to advocating for services that will assist Katie in reaching her fullest potential.


If you are interested in adopting Katie, contact Anna Surdam at asurdam@dabsj.org or 616-774-0199.


 

Introducing Santavious

To paraphrase Emmet from “The Lego Movie,” everyone is special, especially Santavious, who just happens to love Legos. In fact, playing with Legos is his favorite thing to do after school and on weekends. Of course, every kid has to have some tech time including Santavious, who enjoys playing with remote control cars. And like a lot of boys, Santavious loves playing basketball and dreams of having the spotlight on him as he’s introduced as a starting player on an NBA team. Santavious also dreams of becoming a bus driver. “Santavious is fascinated with the public bus,” says his worker, “and enjoys riding the bus around town.” One day, Santavious would like to visit Florida. “It is warm and does not get cold,” he insists, then he adds, “I also want to go there because I like beaches, and I want to go to Disney.” To get there, he’d fulfill another dream of flying on a plane. Santavious’ dreams include going “on cool trips” with his future forever family to places such as the zoo or the King Tut Museum. In fact, Santavious just wants a family, period. Preferably one with a big backyard and a basketball hoop. Maybe even a soccer field. Oh, and if his future forever family shares a love of Legos, so much the better.

Due to his behavior, Santavious requires constant supervision at home. When given tasks to do, Santavious responds best to short, simple directions instead of multiple steps. In school, Santavious receives assistance to help him academically. He sometimes struggles with behavior at school. He would benefit from help with managing his behavior so he can develop and maintain proper peer relationships. 

Santavious would do best in a two-parent forever family who can provide the attention and supervision he requires. He also would do best as the youngest or only child in the home. His family will need to be patient and able to provide a consistent and structured home environment. His family must be strong advocates for the services that will help Santavious excel at home and in school. In addition, his parents would benefit from having knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s development and behavior.


If you are intrested in adopting Santavious, please contact Kristi Thompson at kthompson@dabsj.org or 616.774.4303.


 

Introducing Aalarion

Even though he wants to join the Marines one day, don’t be surprised if you hear Aalarion humming “Anchors Away.” If this history lover could visit anywhere in the world, he’d want to travel to the site of a WWII landmark naval battle. “He knows all about ship wrecks and would one day like to visit Hawaii to see Pearl Harbor,” says his worker. Regardless of which branch of the service he leans towards, Aalarion definitely shows that he’s officer material. After all, he’s affectionately known as “captain.” He’s also known as a funny and creative kid who loves being active and playing. Aalarion’s favorite activities include playing football and building forts. Aalarion especially likes playing games on weekends. His favorite is “Sorry.” His favorite foods include candy, cake and pizza. If Aalarion had three wishes, he’d use two of them to become a billionaire and be the strongest man on the planet. For his third wish, Aalarion stays true to his boyhood military rank as an officer by wishing that “everyone will follow my rules.” If you ask Aalarion what he’s most proud of, he says taking a hunter safety course and the first time he shot a gun in the woods. Overall, Aalarion is described as a funny, humorous boy who loves to engage in conversation. His worker says Aalarion is well-liked in his current placement.

Aalarion struggles with behavior associated with the trauma that he experienced. However, he does receive assistance to help him process his past and develop coping skills to manage his behavior. Aalarion also will need help to manage his behavior in the classroom so he can perform better academically.

Aalarion would do best with a mom and dad, but a single-parent family could be appropriate as well. His worker adds that Aalarion would benefit from having a strong male role model. His new parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. In addition, they will need to be strong advocates for the services that will benefit Aalarion. Finally, his new family must be open to letting Aalarion maintain contact with his siblings.


If you are interested in adopting Aalarion, please contact Kristi Thompson at kthompson@dabsj.org or (616) 774-4303.


 

Introducing Garrett

Garrett is a 15 year old young man who takes pride in his athletic skills. He enjoys playing football, basketball and baseball. In addition to sports, Garrett likes science and wishes his class at school “could do actual experiments.” Garrett also wishes he could travel to the moon. If he had three wishes, in addition to going to the moon, Garrett would want to travel to Niagara Falls and go sky diving. Besides science and athletics, Garrett takes pride in his appearance and tidiness. Garrett is a charming boy who is fun to be around. Garrett not only wants others to know that he’s good at sports but also has a great sense of humor.  Garrett is honest, caring and has strong leadership skills.

Garrett has struggled with his behavior in the past, but he receives services and has made tremendous progress. Garrett could use assistance staying motivated in his studies. It is believed that Garrett could do better academically. Garrett reports that his favorite subject in school is social studies.

Garrett would do best with a family who is active as him and who is able to keep Garrett busy. Garrett would do best as the youngest child in the home. His new parents must be patient as Garrett transitions into his new home. In addition, his family must be strong advocates for the services that Garrett needs to function at his best. Finally, his family must be open to letting Garrett maintain his relationship with his siblings.


If you are interested in adopting Garrett, please contact LeDale Hayes at lhayes@dabsj.org or 616-451-2021.


 

Introducing Logan

Logan is a 14-year-old male with severe and multiple impairments. Logan has been diagnosed with the following: Mosaic Downs Syndrome, Hyperthyroidism, Reactive Airway Disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Tracheostomy Dependence, Cortication of Aorta, Scoliosis, Physical Mobility Impairment, Developmental Delays, and Cerebral Palsy. He is nonverbal and unable to move on his own. He requires the use of a wheelchair or walker. 

Logan is completely dependent on others for his care and daily needs. He qualifies for nursing care in the home. He is fed every three hours via G-tube during the day with a special mix of formula to meet his dietary needs. Logan has seizures that are not controlled by medication. 

Logan attends a school for child with severe developmental disabilities five days a week.  He receives speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy at school. 

Logan is described as “generally happy, loves attention, loves when others play near close to him and read books to him”. Logan enjoys watching cartoons, listening to music, and watching his foster brothers play near him. He enjoys the company of others.  

Adoptive parents for Logan must understand his medical needs and diagnoses. Adoptive parents must be trained on all of Logan’s medical equipment. His parents must be willing to advocate for his current and future needs that may arise. Adoptive parents must be willing to have nursing care in their home, have a home that is wheelchair accessible, and must not smoke. An adoptive parent for Logan must understand that Logan is completely dependent on his caregivers to have his needs met. He will require lifelong care and assistance. 


If you are interested in adopting Logan, please contact Jen Fedewa at jfedewa@dabsj.org or 616-774-4627.


Introducing Sha-Quan

Sha-Quan (12) is a funny kid whose favorite animal is a bear and whose favorite food is just about anything, but especially tacos and pizza. Sha-Quan also likes a little variety during playtime. He enjoys video games such as Mario Cart, but he also enjoys hands-on toys such as helicopters, fire trucks, ambulances and school buses. He likes watching TV as well and enjoys listening to music, particularly on the weekends.

Sha-Quan needs assistance with basic skills, including hygiene, but is learning how to become more independent. He receives services at school to help him function at his best. Workers at his school say Sha-Quan generally does well in the classroom and enjoys his daily schedule. Sha-Quan does well at home, too, especially with structure.

Sha-Quan has been diagnosed with Autistic Disorder, Cognitive Impairment and Mild Mental Retardation. Due to his needs, Sha-Quan would do best with two experienced parents. The parents would benefit from having knowledge of how to respond to Sha-Quan’s needs now and into adulthood. This family should be highly structured and able to set clear expectations and consequences. The family should be committed to making sure Sha-Quan receives the services that will help him reach his full potential. In addition, it would be helpful if the family had a strong support network. Finally, the family must be open to Sha-Quan maintaining contact with his older sister.


If you are interested in adopting Sha-Quan, please contact Katie DeJong at kdejong@dabsj.org or 616.774.2056.


 

Introducing Leslie

Leslie (14) is an outgoing, funny and sassy young lady. Nobody sets higher expectations for Leslie than she does for herself. One of her workers says that Leslie has high goals along with the ability to achieve them. “Leslie is a fantastic kid and has a lot of potential,” says another worker. “She is also a great student and does well academically.” Leslie takes pride in her school work and regularly appears on the honor roll. She aspires to become a lawyer when she gets older. Or a beautician. Or a professional shopper, if such a job exists. Leslie loves shopping. On her “All About Me” form, she lists going to the mall four times as an activity that she really enjoys. She also lists art as a favorite activity. Her other favorite activities include reading, playing outside, going to the movies and playing board games, especially “Trouble.” For favorite foods, Leslie lists mac ’n cheese, pizza with pineapple and ice cream, preferably butter pecan if you please. Her preference for a family is one who’ll be supportive and, of course, who’ll like to go shopping on occasion.

Leslie wants others to know that she’s nice, funny and “one of a kind.” However, Leslie sometimes struggles in her relationship with others, but she is receiving services to help her understand and manage her emotions. Leslie also receives help at school, mainly in math. She says that gym and choir are her favorite subjects in school. Her worker says that Leslie really dislikes missing school.

Leslie would benefit from either a single-female or a two-parent household. She’s stated a preference for a forever family with a mom and dad and siblings and pets. This family should be highly structured and experienced. They should be able to set clear expectations and consequences. The family should be flexible and patient while providing a calm environment for Leslie. The family also should be committed to making sure Leslie receives the services that will help her reach her full potential. Finally, the family must be open to letting Leslie maintain her relationship with her younger brother.


If you are interested in adopting Leslie, please contact Katie DeJong at kdejong@dabsj.org or 616.774.2056.


 

Introducing Arreanna

 

Arreanna is an affectionate seven year old girl who enjoys having her caregivers’ undivided attention.  She enjoys fashion and would like to work at a store that sells shoes, clothing and jewelry.  Arreanna has participated in gymnastics, cheerleading and ballet.  Next, she would like to try karate.  Arreanna’s favorite restaurants include McDonald’s and Taco Bell. 

Arreanna has significant emotional and behavioral needs.  She requires constant supervision in order to keep herself and others safe.  Arreanna is also working on her speech and language abilities.

Arreanna needs an adoptive family with at least two adults who will be devoted to her care.  She would do best with a family that has experience caring for children with trauma and attachment concerns.    

 


If you are interested in adopting Arreanna, please contact Susan Saavedra at (616)774-1013 or ssaavedra@dabsj.org.


 

Introducing Christopher

Christopher, age 12, is an athletic young man who dreams of being a professional football or basketball player.  He is skilled at gymnastics and is interested in karate.  Christopher enjoys writing rap lyrics and spending time with his friends.  He can present with a tough exterior, but warms up when adults give him attention and affirmation.  Christopher is working on improving his attitude and behaviors.  Christopher needs an adoptive family who will stay committed to him even during challenging times.  He would do best with a family who has plenty of time and attention for him.  The adoptive family must assist Christopher in maintaining contact with his two younger brothers.   

If you are interested in adopting Christopher, please contact Susan Saavedra at ssaavedra@dabsj.org or (616)774-1013.


 

Introducing Le-Asia

Le-Azhanique prefers to be called Le-Asia. She’s an 8-year-old African-American female. She can be a very sweet and charming young lady. Le-Asia is an excellent reader and enjoys visiting the library. She also enjoys playing with dolls, singing, coloring, playing outside, and making Lego creations.  She has participated in dance class and ballet. She loves to add hot sauce to many of her favorite foods. When asked what she wants others to know about her, Le-Asia responded “I’m interesting.”

Le-Asia is typically quiet upon first meeting her; although, it doesn’t take long before the true Le-Asia shines through with her talkative self.  She’s very bright.  Le-Asia’s behaviors are often more challenging than those of a typical 8-year-old female. She requires patience, understanding, and reminders of appropriate behaviors.  She often requires reassurance from a caregiver. Le-Asia has struggled with her behaviors at school; however, she does well academically and is learning how to relate better to peers.

Le-Asia desires a family to call her own. She is very close to her older sister and her two younger siblings who are being adopted by other families.  She desires to maintain relationships with them. She would prefer an African-American family with an older sister.  Le-Asia would benefit the most with two experienced parents or a single mother with a strong support system. Due to her behaviors, she would benefit from being the youngest child in a home where she could receive one-on-one attention. She requires close supervision.  She would prefer a family without any pets, other than a goldfish. She will continue to need counseling after adoption.  


For more information, please contact her adoption worker, Jen Fedewa at 616.774.4627 or to email her, click here.


 

Introducing Ascenda

When Ascenda walks into a room, folks take a shine to her bright smile. They might even take notice of her hair and nails, which she likes to get done. For fun, Ascenda enjoys doing arts and crafts, and she particularly likes to draw people, animals, flowers and trees. She also enjoys playing with Barbie dolls and board games. An active girl, Ascenda would like to participate in cheerleading, dance classes, volleyball and soccer. Religion is also very important to Ascenda. She would like to go to church every Sunday and be involved in the worship service and choir.

Due to the trauma she has endured, Ascenda has difficulty with relationships as well as communicating her thoughts. To improve on communicating her thoughts and feelings, Ascenda uses a journal and continues to work on processing them through the services that she receives. In school, Ascenda is very good at math, and she reports that she enjoys attending classes.

Ascenda would benefit from either a single-female or a two-parent household in which she is the youngest child. She would do best in a highly structured home with experienced parents who set clear expectations and consequences. The family will need to be patient and flexible. They should be staunch advocates for the services Ascenda requires to do her best at home and in school. 


For more information, please contact her adoption worker, Katie DeJong at 616.774.2056 or to email her, click here.


 

Introducing Daniel

Daniel is a friendly, kind-hearted and caring teen with multiple interests. For example, he quenches his creative thirst by reading, drawing, painting and watching movies, especially Disney films. He’s also a social, busy and active teen. He likes knowing what’s going on around him and with other people. He also enjoys the outdoors, likes being around animals, especially cats and dogs, and ideally would like to live on a farm. Daniel can be serious and humorous. He likes to be organized and neat, labels his items and enjoys cleaning. He also has a good sense of humor and likes to laugh and joke around. As one might expect from a child with all those traits, Daniel gets along well with his peers and is polite and respectful.

Daniel has experienced a great deal of disappointment and loss in his life. He likes to feel in charge of things and benefits from redirection to reinforce those things that aren’t always controllable. Daniel has made progress in his ability to express his emotions through appropriate outlets. At school, Daniel says it takes him longer to understand the material, especially math, but he does well, works hard and enjoys reading and science.

Daniel will need a loving, caring, patient and dedicated forever family. He would benefit from either a two-parent or strong single-parent family who can provide him with a consistent, safe and stable home. Daniel wants a family who likes to have fun and would keep him safe, encourage and support him and teach him right from wrong. Daniel should be the youngest child in the home. The adoptive family will need to monitor Daniel around other children and continue to help him develop appropriate boundaries. The family must be willing to continue and seek out any additional support services that are beneficial to his well-being. Daniel wants to maintain regular contact with his older sister.


For more information, please contact his adoption worker, LeDale Hayes at 616.284.5870 or to email her, click here.