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 info@coalitionforcyf.org.

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.

The Heart Gallery of Wisconsin
The Heart Gallery of Wisconsin, a travelling photographic exhibit of some of Wisconsin’s waiting children, is a program of the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. If you are interested in hosting the Heart Gallery of Wisconsin, please contact us.

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families provides support and funding for this recruitment effort on behalf of children. We thank them for their belief that all children grow best in permanent loving families.

Ashanti

Sleeping bag (check), bug spray (check), swimsuit (check); summer camp here she comes! Ashanti is a fun-loving, friendly girl who looks forward to seeing her old pals and making new memories at summer camp. Like many other tweens, tablet time is important. Though, when it comes right down to [...]

Mirian

Just like many young people her age, if given the opportunity, Mirian would spend all of her time with friends at the mall or listening to music. Mirian also enjoys sports like basketball and swimming. She is an expressive person and a fantastic self-advocate. Alongside verbally expressing her [...]

Daniel and Danielle

Danielle is like a walking, talking Pinterest board. She really enjoys crafts, such as making friendship bracelets, and always wants to research new ideas on her tablet. Danielle finds joy in cooking, especially baking. She has mastered her favorite foods—macaroni and cheese, pizza, and [...]

Eladio

Eladio is an awesome, laid-back kid. He finds happiness in being with his peers, just hanging out watching movies or playing video games. Those who care for Eladio describe him as sweet, helpful, and very talkative. He is proud of his great memory and has even been known to memorize entire [...]

Marcus

Marcus is a spunky youth who has a flair for arts and crafts. He has a phenomenal knack for watching drawing videos on YouTube then creating amazing projects; it’s something that can hold his attention for hours. Marcus has a bubbly personality and has been known to burst into song and dance at [...]

Celia

When it comes to remaining positive through adversity, Celia has done it! People who know Celia describe her as optimistic and outgoing. She does well advocating for herself and assisting others. Celia has connected with her caregivers through meal preparation and cooking together. Overall, she [...]

Ariana S.

Like many pre-teens, Ariana can have a shy side. The cool thing though, is she knows what it takes to get over her shyness and enjoy being in the moment, like when she is able to express herself through her artwork. She enjoys many mediums of art with coloring and drawing being her favorites. [...]

Tamya

Tamya is honing in on her creative side by designing fashion clothing and making vision boards that include images of her dreams of joining the Air Force and becoming a pediatrician. She also is very athletic and enjoys being involved in high school teams for track and field and basketball. [...]

Eli M

Take note, because Eli is . . . literally. This is a boy who finds happiness in a simple notepad and pen. One of Eli’s most important things in his day-to-day are his notes. He especially enjoys playing his favorite game, Cops and Robbers, in which he, of course, is the cop writing down the [...]