The children we have featured on our website who wait for adoptive families

  • are most often in the foster care system and cannot return to their birth families for a variety of reasons.
  • need help overcoming hurt related to past trauma(s) and/or abandonment.
  • are often part of a sibling (brothers and/or sisters) group.
  • are often older than four years of age and behind emotionally.

While you may not see “all” of the children in need of a “no matter what” family in our Gallery, please understand that those who are waiting share similar hopes for a family and similar obstacles to being matched with one. If these children do not seem like a “match,” chances are others who are not featured here will not be a “match,” either. However, if you have patience and perseverance and are willing to adapt your home and life to fit a child’s needs, please keep pursuing and learning more about adopting from foster care.

Please keep in mind that, in order to be considered for a child within our Gallery, you must have an approved public adoption home study. If you are unsure if your home study is public, please contact us via phone (414-475-1246 or 800-762-8063) or email

Lastly, please keep in mind that circumstances for the children within the Gallery can change rather quickly and for a variety of reasons. When a child is listed as waiting, this means the child is quite literally “waiting” for their “no matter what” family and are still available. If a child is listed as matched, this typically means the child’s social work team has identified a match with a prospective “no matter what” family. The Coalition will continue to collect inquiries for a child listed as matched, and this information will be shared with the child’s social work team in the event that permanency falls through for whatever reason.

We invite you to check out our tip sheet, Not Too Old for Forever: Adopting Older Youth.


Michael is an outgoing, adventurous boy who enjoys trying new things. He has a great imagination and likes anything mechanical. Michael is adept at building and taking things apart to see how they work. Although he prefers to play alone, he likes cooking and cleaning with his current caregiver. [...]


Nevaeh is a sweet, charismatic child who loves to learn and considers herself a bookworm. She enjoys working on puzzles, drawing, watching movies, cheerleading, and dancing. Outside, you can often find Nevaeh on the playground, jumping rope, playing hopscotch, or playing tag with friends. [...]


Who wants tacos for dinner? Definitely Caleb! He describes his dream day as eating his favorite food at a Mexican restaurant. Caleb is a happy, healthy, and emotionally intelligent child who strives to do his best. Always ready for adventure, he keeps himself busy with many interests. Caleb [...]


DJ is a polite and bubbly child with an enchanting smile. Talkative and outgoing, he interacts well with peers and adults. DJ keeps himself busy playing with Legos, making art, coloring, and watching action movies. His favorite toys are Marvel figurines, dinosaurs, and Hot Wheels. DJ likes to [...]


Christopher is a loving, sweet, and quiet youth who has many interests. He enjoys spending time playing games on his tablet, making creations from modeling clay, going to the movies, playing board games, and skating. In school, his favorite subjects are math and computers. He is not a fan of [...]


Many things are important to Keyaisa, but when asked about her interests, food was often the answer. One of the things she is most proud of is how much she can eat. One of her wishes if she could have anything in the world would be unlimited McDonalds! And a little ice cream can always […]


Let us introduce you to Kash! This sweet, kind, and engaging boy has lots of energy. Kash is curious, helpful, and has been described as a “chatterbox.” He’s got plenty to say if you’re willing to listen! Kash is a big fan of superheroes and Spiderman is his ultimate favorite. When he’s not [...]


Ronnie is a caring and energetic youth who enjoys being out in nature and tending to animals. He likes to work on a farm, feeding goats and chickens and collecting eggs. Ronnie also helps out in the garden, harvesting fruits and vegetables. When he’s not outdoors, he can be found playing video [...]


Zuri is a girl who has a certain glow about her. You can see it in her smile. This bright, strong-willed, intelligent youth has many talents. She loves to sing, and singing always makes her feel better when she’s having a bad day. She likes creative writing and reading books and has the stamina [...]

Elijah L.

Bounce, bounce, bounce … swish. Those are the sounds you’ll hear daily if you welcome Elijah into your family. His favorite sport? Basketball. How does he like to spend his time? Playing basketball. What does he hope to be when he grows up? A basketball player. Elijah does have other interests [...]