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.

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Xavian

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

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Nero

Nero is a friendly, talkative child who says the thing he is most proud of is his personality. He describes himself as kind, caring, competitive and unique. Nero has an imaginative mind and an independent nature. When he grows up, he would like to serve his country by joining the Army. He [...]

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Haydon

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, [...]

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Josiah

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 […]

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Zhenevia

“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 [...]

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Evelyn

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 [...]

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Max & Bailee

Max and Bailee, Bailee and Max. These children have always been together, and they want to keep it that way! Yes, of course, they do have the typical arguments that most siblings have. However, they do get along well in general and love each other deeply. Although they have many different [...]

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Will

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 [...]

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Caroline

After seeing this bright smile, you probably aren’t surprised to hear that Caroline is known to be affectionate, loving and is described as a social butterfly! She has tons of interests – games, TV, playing outside, riding her bike, swimming. Caroline enjoys singing and dancing and has even [...]

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Jeremiah

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 [...]