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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.

Trevor

Introducing Trevor

Trevor is a bright and inquisitive young man. He is very creative and likes to build things with his Legos and Bionicles. Trevor really enjoys playing video games and would play them all the time if allowed. In addition, he likes to read and learn about history. Trevor notes, “If I could go anywhere on Earth I would like to see the pyramids or go on an African safari because I like history and animals.” When he grows up he would like to be a zoologist or a jockey. Trevor is not very picky when it comes to food but says, “I’ll eat anything, except for octopus or squid!”

A closer look…
Trevor is very proud of the progress he has made in terms of being able to effectively manage how he reacts to his daily stresses. He is working on developing appropriate social skills and being more respectful of others’ personal boundaries. Due to Trevor’s turbulent past, he can still have difficulty understanding personal space and appropriate social cues. At school, he does best in a smaller classroom environment with supervision and structure.

How you can help…
Trevor is in need of an experienced adoptive family who has knowledge of parenting children who have overcome a difficult past. Trevor notes, “I would like to have a dad to play catch with and go to see a horse race because I might want to be a jockey.” He adds, “I would also like to go to Disneyland or Disneyworld.” Trevor is open to the type of family he would like, as long as there is a strong male mentor. It would be in Trevor’s best interest if he was the youngest or only child in the home with no small pets. Trevor is open to families of a different race, sexual preference or religion as long as he is allowed to practice his own faith. The family must be active advocates for Trevor at home, in school and in the community to ensure he can reach his fullest potential. Additionally, the family must be willing to continue and seek out any support services that are beneficial to Trevor’s well being. Trevor is participating in a treatment program that he would like an adoptive family to take part in with him to help his transition into the adoptive home.

A little more about Trevor...
To see a video about Trevor, his interests, and what kind of family he would like, please watch this video.


For more information, please contact his adoption worker, Kristi Thompson at 616.774.4303 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.

 

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.

 

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 also is 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. 

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 via email at kdejong@dabsj.org.