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.



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 [...]



Exuberant might be the perfect word to describe Evelyn. Behind that beaming smile is a lively energy and a great sense of humor. Evelyn is described as being “quite animated” when she’s excited and she loves to be the center of attention. It’s understandable that her dream for the future is to [...]



Will is described as a pleasant young man who thrives on attention from trusted adults. He enjoys Disney movies and soundtracks, especially when a caring person sits with him. When he feels nervous or anxious, he responds well to affection and physical touches, like a head or back rub. Will has [...]



Jeremiah is a smart, resilient, loving boy who wants the simple pleasures that come with being part of a family. He would love to spend time together taking walks, playing outside, relaxing in front of the TV, watching football, or playing video games together. Jeremiah shared that his dream [...]



D’Nyjha is a girl with many interests. You won’t find her sitting around complaining that she’s bored! Here’s a brief list of some things she likes: coloring, drawing, puzzles, dancing, animals (especially horses) playing, telling jokes, swimming, crafting, Tik Tok, basketball, going shopping, [...]



Zyaire is a highly resilient boy who cares for others and tries his best to “be good.” He can be quite talkative and continues to learn and grow by having lots of conversations with others. Zyaire has a big heart and cares about people close to him. He likes to help out around the house […]