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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.