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Children & Parents 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 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


Introducing Alex

Alexander is nearly 12 years old.  He is an animal and nature lover who would like to have a pet someday.  He enjoys going on outings, including shopping, seeing animals at the pet shop and going out to eat.  Alexander likes to receive gifts, but he is also a great giver.  Don’t be surprised if Alex decides to share his joy by ‘regifting!’

Alex does well with adults who are not his direct caregivers.  He has struggled in family settings and will need a lot of assistance and understandings as he transitions into an adoptive home.  The adoptive family must be willing to visit Alex for an extended period of time prior to having him transition into their home.

Alex would do best with an adoptive family who is able to provide supervision around the clock.  Because the adoptive parents will need to focus most of their attention on Alex, it is recommended that there be no other young children in the home.  Families who have experience caring for children with traumatic histories will be given preference. 

If you are interested in adopting Alex, please contact Susan Saavedra at (616)774-1013 or


Introducing Marrion

Marrion, age 11, is an outgoing, engaging child with a great sense of humor. He enjoys being the center of attention and can light up a room.  Marrion is always ready for adventure and is willing to try new things.  Marrion loves sports and dreams of being a professional football or basketball player. He also enjoys karate and doing gymnastics tricks.

Marrion requires ongoing supervision, beyond what would be expected of most children his age. He is working on processing his emotions and improving his interactions with others.  Marrion needs a family who will support him as he works through his emotional and behavioral concerns.  He would do best with an adoptive family who has plenty of time and attention to devote to him. The adoptive family must assist Marrion in maintaining contact with his two brothers who are also available for adoption.

If you are interested in adopting Marrion, please contact Susan Saavedra at or (616)774-1013.


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 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 Brenden

If one of Brenden’s wishes came true, he’d cast a mighty big shadow: He wants to stand 6 feet 10 inches tall. That shadow would barely cover the “big lawn” that he lists as another wish. His big dreams carry big career aspirations, too. For instance, if he gets his dream job as an adult, Brenden might be seen darting around the track in a racecar, rolling down the highway in a semi or spinning around the arena in a monster truck. Brenden also goes big on activities as well, listing football, baseball, kayaking, basketball, swimming, youth group and Sunday school as his favorites. Brenden enjoys doing crafts, playing video games (“Need for Speed Pro Street”) and hanging out with friends. If he could visit anywhere, he’d go to the Grand Canyon. “It would be cool to see the erosion from the river and the birds’ nests in the cliffs,” he says. Of course, one of his biggest wishes would be a “good forever family” with whom he can go on vacations during school breaks, perhaps to a kayaking destination.

Described as sweet and affectionate, Brenden responds positively to reminders to stay on task and thrives on encouraging words. He can struggle with his emotions, and he does best with a structured routine. Due to his past, Brenden requires close supervision, especially around younger children.

Brenden would do best in a single-male- or two-parent household where he can get the one-on-one attention and supervision he needs. The parents should be experienced and patient and able to provide structure with clear expectations and consequences. In addition, Brenden would do best in an adoptive home with children around his age or older. Brenden’s foster mother suggests that a family with “a good sense of humor would be helpful.” Brenden also would benefit from contact with his siblings, who are placed separately.

For more information, please contact his adoption worker, Katie DeJong at 616.774.2056 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 Angelina

Angelina (15)

Angelina has the kind of skills that will make her successful. First of all, she describes herself as being a good listener and that her peers often come to her to share their problems and seek advice. Angelina is very insightful about what she needs and wants. She is inquisitive, loves to read and wants to learn more about gardening. Angelina describes herself as “energetic, caring and laid back” with a good sense of humor and a love of laughter. Initially she can be shy, but once she gets to know a person and feels comfortable, she is very open. Some of Angelina’s other joys come from drawing, painting, writing, listening to music and being around animals.

Due to her past, Angelina can have a hard time letting her guard down and allowing people to get to know her. Angelina reported that she “loves everyone,” but there are different levels of love and she has a hard time trusting people. She can be critical of herself, but overall she is very insightful and recognizes areas she needs to improve upon. Angelina does have the tendency to misdirect her frustrations at times and continues to get help to improve in this area. She can have a hard time remembering everything she is told, but she is not afraid to ask for help and redirection. At school, Angelina has good grades and is doing well in class.

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


Introducing Daniel

Daniel (14)

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.


Introducing Da'Shine

Da’Shine is an active teen boy who enjoys playing basketball and football. He has a comical sense of humor and enjoys making others laugh. Da’Shine enjoys spending time with friends, shopping for clothes, and playing video games. Da’Shine’s dream is to play in the MBA. 

Da’Shine has experienced an incredible amount of trauma in his life. He will require intensive treatment to assist him in appropriately dealing with his past. Da’Shine requires parents who are experienced in parenting teenage boys. He should be the youngest child in the home. 

For more information, please contact Anna Surdam at 616-774-0199 or