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.



Kaleb is a friendly child with a creative mind. He uses his imagination to author his own stories, which he loves reading aloud to others, using distinct voices for each character. He most likely would enjoy participating in dramatic arts given the opportunity. Kaleb is hands-on and likes [...]


Carrie-Anna & Zanniah

These outgoing, confident, and upbeat sisters have a very close connection. Carrie-Anna, the older sibling, knows where she wants to be in life and is determined to work towards her goals and dreams. Carrie-Anna LOVES to watch basketball and is hoping to play on a school team one day. She [...]



Dominic is a pleasant young man who’s passionate about the environment. He loves science, bird watching, and being in nature. He is skilled in identifying rocks and wants to be a geologist when he grows up. If he could go anywhere in the world, he would visit the Bermuda Triangle because [...]



Xavian describes his dream day as waking up, gaming for a while, and then spending time with family. He longs for the everyday family activities of shopping, talking, going to the park, and watching TV together. It would ideal if there was a dog he could snuggle up to on the couch! Xavian wants [...]



Dante is a polite, kind, and sensitive young man who enjoys one-on-one time with people, especially if that time is spent playing games and eating snacks! His favorite board game is Sorry, and he also likes to work on puzzles. Dante is an animal lover and is fascinated by alligators. One of his [...]



Mersaydes is a girl with simple needs for a happy life. She enjoys playing with makeup and dressing up and when she gets older she would love to have a pair of high heels, maybe a pink pair–one of her favorite colors. But she doesn’t mind getting out there in nature either! She likes to […]



Beau is an outgoing, intelligent teen with excellent leadership skills. He has a good sense of humor and makes friends easily. Beau is a fan of hip-hop, rap, and metal music. Some of his favorite artists are Ghostmane, Mac Miller, Kanye, Tyler the Creator, and City Morgue. Beau enjoys hanging [...]



Haydon is described as a people pleaser with an inquisitive and energetic personality. An adult close to him shared that he likes being a helper and is “very active, doing anything and everything. He is always up to trying something new!” Haydon enjoys crafts, playing checkers, swimming, [...]



Josiah is a sweet young man who would like you to know that he is “nice and fun to be around.” He likes puzzles and board games but he absolutely LOVES Legos. Josiah is a fan of anime and his favorite TV show is Naruto. He also likes to watch funny movies and occasionally play […]



“I’m only one, but not alone. My finest day is yet unknown.” These lyrics by Whitney Houston, Zhenevia’s favorite singer, reflect the spirit of this sweet girl who has a passion for singing. Music calms her when she’s feeling upset and lifts her up when she’s lighthearted and in the mood to [...]