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Waiting Children

Nearly 1,300 children in Virginia's foster care system are waiting for a permanent, loving home. But time is running out. Childhood doesn't last forever. You can end the wait. Adopt a child from foster care.

Curious what adopting a waiting child is like? Click here to read stories from families that are already enjoying the gift of adoption!

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Shawanna


An aspiring model, 16 year-old Shawanna is the quintessential teenager.  She’s a texting machine and when you hide her cell phone, you’ll find she is also wonderful to chat with. She loves spending time with her friends, going to the salon, shopping and watching movies. She is not afraid to speak her mind and when she does, she is insightful, with good points to share. Shawanna loves school and is an outstanding student. She enjoys spending time with her peers and teachers. She has nothing but positive things to say about her daily life. She dreams of attending an all-girls private college after completing high school. While she loves fashion and wants modeling to happen, her back-up plan is to become a doctor so she can help people. She is an amazing child with so much potential- she just needs the right environment to thrive.

Shawanna has been through so much in her life. Unfortunately, she has had people give up on her. She needs and, of course, deservers a family who will stick by her. She initially came into foster care in 2004. Some of her extended family came forward and took custody of her; however, serious problems started to occur and Shawanna re-entered the foster care system in 2011. She’s been doing well since coming back into care and is ready to be adopted. Shawanna will send text messages to her adoption recruiter asking if a family has been found yet.

An ideal family would model positive relationships for her, and would not have younger children in the home. The family should be patient and dedicated. Shawanna is outgoing and enjoys going places. She has a hard time sitting still and needs a family that is active, but also needs a family that can teach her relaxing at home on occasion is okay, too. The family that adopts her should be open to participating in family therapy so that she can continue to move forward in her life and be successful.

If you are interested in adopting Shawanna or want to inquire about adopting older children, call Laura Ash-Brackley with Children’s Home Society’s Partnership for Adoptions program at (804) 353-0191 ext 19 or (800) 247-2888.



Austin


Life is not always easy, and Austin, 15, has had his share of challenges. But he is a wonderful child. He loves the country, and being outdoors hunting and fishing. Don’t let looks deceive you, Austin is a thin young man, but he can eat 20 chicken nuggets in one sitting. Like most teenage boys, he also loves video games. And like most, he’s athletic and enjoys sports. He’s been an avid Colts fan, despite any rankings they may have had. He’s bright, he’s interesting and he is in need of a good home. He’s been in foster care for half his life. Austin’s lived in conditions most of us can never even imagine. After more than ten placements, he’s beginning to lose hope of being adopted and will even say he does not want to be adopted because there is simply no point. We want to find him the best home. Are you that family? Or do you know someone that would be a good fit? A good fit for Austin is being with a family that is active, enjoys life and will not give up on him. Like many children that have been through difficult times, he needs an environment that will provide structure and love. 


If you are interested in adopting Austin or want to inquire about adopting older children, call Laura Ash-Brackley with Children’s Home Society’s Partnership for Adoptions program at (804) 353-0191 ext 19 or (800) 247-2888.


Kenny

Kenny, 19, has been in foster care so long he doesn’t remember living with a family. He loves to play soccer and basketball, and he also loves video games. He prides himself on his good manners and being a gentleman. Soft- spoken, and sometimes a bit shy, he is a man of few words. He’s not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, but feels he has time to decide. He is in school, but behind as a result of multiple moves. Kenny is hoping to graduate in the spring of 2013 and wants anyone and everyone he’s ever known to come to his graduation ceremony.

Kenny will require commitment, dedication, patience and unconditional love. He needs life-long support as he has special needs; the delays are in basic functions like socialization and communication. The thought of being adopted is very exciting to him, even at the age of 18. But if you ask him what he would like in an adoptive family he has a difficult time coming up with ideas. He will shrug his shoulders and say that he hopes the family, “would just be nice…that would be good.” He sometimes has a difficult time expressing himself verbally. You may find him pacing, listening to music and singing when he is feeling anxious. He needs and deserves a lot of attention. His ideal home would be one where he is an only child. He needs structure and routine enforced daily. Kenny needs a family who is open to adopting him, even if he cannot live in the home due to his needs. He still wants to be a part of a family, even if it means seeing them during visits. He likely do well in a family that is active and where there is not too much down time. He is a great kid. He’s been down a long road and needs the stability and love of a family.

If you are interested in adopting Kenny or want to inquire about adopting older children, call Laura Ash-Brackley with Children’s Home Society’s Partnership for Adoptions program at 804-353-0191 ext 19 or (800) 247-2888.


Lavar


Lavar is an upbeat 16 year-old who enjoys hanging out with his friends at school and listening to rap music on his MP3 player. He looks much older because of his height, but he is still a kid. He dreams of becoming a famous rapper, but will settle for owning a high-end male fashion business. He has a healthy appetite and enjoys going to all-you-can-eat buffets; Chinese is his favorite. Lavar loves sports, but his favorite is football and he’s loyal to the New York Giants. He is a freshman in high school and is playing football, working hard in his classes and enjoying his social life.

He’s been in an out of foster care for almost six years and has moved several times. He has had a lot of loss in his life and is in the process of addressing those issues in therapy. Due to his multiple placements, Lavar has fallen behind in school. He has been working hard to raise his grades and is making progress. He knows he has a long road ahead of him, and is willing to put forth the effort. This would be easier if he had the love and support of a stable family behind him.

Lavar describes his time in foster care as, “miserable and difficult,” and he is on the fence about the idea of being adopted. Some days he has no hope and assumes he will be on his own forever. He’s not picky about the type of family he would like to have adopt him. Lavar just wants a family that will stick by him in good times and bad. He hopes to maintain contact with a couple of his biological family members. Lavar needs parents who will be supportive and patient, positive role models and who are comfortable setting strict boundaries.

If you are interested in adopting Lavar or want to inquire about adopting older children, call Laura Ash-Brackley with Children’s Home Society’s Partnership for Adoptions program at 804-353-0191 ext 19 or (800) 247-2888.


Mark

17-year- old Mark came into foster care in 2008, and is really loving the idea of being adopted. His goal in court was changed to adoption in late 2011. He does keep in touch with a few of his biological family members and visits often with a couple of them. This senior in high school loves to sing and is in two choir classes on top of his regular academic classes. He would love to have professional vocal lessons as soon as possible so he can be ready to attend school for music. Mark serenades his workers upon request and will perform in front of large crowds if given the chance. He is full of personality and is a ladies’ man, he loves to flirt and is described by his female peers as smooth and charming. He gets along well with his peers and has a great sense of humor. Mark is open to adoption, but feels that the main focus right now is getting through his final year in high school. He is in a loving and supportive foster home where he is stable right now. Mark is keeping the idea of adoption in the back of his mind because he does know how important finding a permanent family is. Mark’s adoptive family would be active and close knit, patient, supportive and dedicated.

If you are interested in adopting Mark or want to inquire about adopting older children, call Laura Ash-Brackley with Children’s Home Society’s Partnership for Adoptions program at 804-353-0191 ext 19 or (800) 247-2888.


Lexy & Tristan
Alexis, who goes by Lexy, and her brother, Tristan, are waiting for a family to call their own. Lexy, 7, is a sweet, happy girl who is adored by anyone who spends time with her. She has special needs due to her cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. She is currently learning to walk with help and speaks a few words like “ball” and “go.” Lexy deserves a family who is passionate about helping with her special needs and willing to provide life-long care and love. Tristan, 5, is a bright child and a ball of energy. He started kindergarten this year and receives good reports from his teachers. Tristan has an excellent memory for events and is affectionate, adorable, and fun. He loves being active and needs good outlets to burn off his energy. Tristan needs parents who can help him manage his impulsive and hyperactive behaviors as well as his social and peer interactions. This sweet duo is ready for their forever family!

If you are interested in adopting Lexy and Tristan, or want to inquire about adopting older children, call Laura Ash-Brackley with Children’s Home Society’s Partnership for Adoptions program at 804-353-0191 ext 19 or (800) 247-2888.

Lucy & Maisha
Lucy and Maisha are a pair of sisters seeking a forever home. Lucy, 15, is a friendly, sociable ninth grader who makes friends easily and loves to be involved in school activities. She is a talented singer and dreams of performing in front of crowds. She thinks she might like to be a math professor when she grows up, since it is her best subject in school. Lucy was born in Puerto Rico and would like to travel back there someday. Lucy would love to find a family that lives in the country and has lots of animals. Her sister, Maisha, is 9 and in the third grade. Maisha likes to play outside and ride her bike. If she is inside, she likes doing puzzles, reading, or watching television. Maisha isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she might like being a teacher. She used to do gymnastics and was really good at it. Maisha is shy at first but responds well to genuine attention and interest. Are you the family for these talented sisters?

If you are interested in adopting Lucy and Maisha, or want to inquire about adopting older children, call Laura Ash-Brackley with Children’s Home Society’s Partnership for Adoptions program at 804-353-0191 ext 19 or (800) 247-2888.