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 traveling 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.

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Egypt

It has been said that “No dreamer is ever too small, and no dream is ever too big.” Egypt is a small girl who has BIG dreams about her future. When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, she had plenty of ideas – a firefighter, a judge, a lawyer, a police […]

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Chani

Mic check . . . testing . . . . one-two, one-two! Listen up, because this talented performer has something to say! Chani loves to create his own beats and the rap lyrics to go along with them. His artistic side is also expressed through drawing, creating and editing videos, and fashion. “I like [...]

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Reyna

It’s hard to look away from the sweet smile on the face of Reyna! She is a girl with a creative mind who enjoys art, playing with younger children, swimming, watching comedy movies and, like most tweens, watching videos on YouTube. Reyna relaxes by listening to music and prefers to sleep with [...]

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Alex

Alex is a pop music fan and one of his favorite songs is “Firework” by Katy Perry. She sings, “Do you know, there’s still a chance for you … there’s a spark in you … let it shine.” Alex is a bright, loving child who is ready to shine in his own “no matter what” […]

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Xtavier

Some of us watch horror movies by peeking around our hands that are covering our eyes. Xtavier, however, is a different story. He shared, “I have a big interest in watching a lot of scary movies!” A creative and artistic teenager, he particularly enjoys the details that go into a film’s special [...]

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Dangelo

Dangelo is a sweet boy who is looking forward to being part of a family. He shows kindness and empathy for others, in his own way. One thing he wants people to know about him is that he tries really hard to make friends and be social. “It takes me a little longer than most […]

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Elijah

Someday, when you turn on a light in your home, you may have Elijah to thank. He already knows that he wants to be an electrician when he grows up. This is a young man with a plan! One of Elijah’s best character traits is working hard at everything he does. This includes not only […]

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Dylon

Dylon is an adventurous teenage boy who is as passionate an athlete as he is in finding his “no matter what” family. He loves playing football, basketball, and baseball. When he’s not on the field playing sports, he enjoys dancing and listening to his favorite tunes. Dylon has an [...]

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Jeff

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Jeff! This friendly young man is always on the lookout for someone to laugh with. “When I’m having a hard day, telling jokes makes me feel better,” he said. When asked if he could have any three wishes, Jeff said he would want a lot of money, unlimited wishes, or to [...]

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Gabe

Gabe is a loving boy with a huge smile and lots of energy. When outdoors, he keeps busy playing with other kids, swimming, and taking long walks. When he’s at home, he spends his time watching movies, reading, and coloring. He has a great imagination that he puts to work making creations with [...]