Children Waiting for Adoption

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Dylan

Even in stormy seas, Dylan doesn’t let rough waters push him off keel. “He has a very calm and easygoing demeanor,” his worker says. “Dylan is very enjoyable to talk to and interact with.” Despite his laidback personality, Dylan is quite active and enjoys participating in sports, especially soccer and swimming. “He enjoys the outdoors and has a very big interest in animals, especially dogs,” says Dylan’s worker. “Dylan also enjoys playing video games such as Minecraft and Call of Duty.” Dylan likes watching movies, and his favorite genre is comedy. When asked about his favorite holidays, Dylan says he likes celebrating Christmas and his birthday by spending time with the people close to him. He can always be found with a book or two in hand.

His worker describes Dylan as a well-dressed and well-groomed young man who demonstrates age-appropriate behavior. He does receive assistance to help him regulate. In school, Dylan does well academically, and he reports that gym is his favorite class. He has dreams of working in construction one day. Dylan will do well in a forever family with two experienced parents. His new parents will need to make sure that Dylan receives the services that will help him function at his best. Dylan’s new parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child. Since he loves animals, a family with pets would be a bonus for Dylan.

For more information about Dylan, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Brian

Brian “can brighten up a room with his smile,” notes his worker, and he brightens up people’s days by showing his love and trust in unique ways. “Brian is an easy-going, friendly child who enjoys the company of others,” says his worker. “Brian takes his time to get to know and trust people, but he typically is kind to all.” One of Brian’s favorite things to do is play with superhero action figures. “Captain America is his favorite,” says his worker. Brian also enjoys taking walks, swimming and dancing. Brian says Christmas is his favorite holiday.

Brian is non-verbal and communicates through his iPad. Brian does best with structure and routine. “Typically, Brian is calm and laid-back,” says his worker. Brian is learning how to express his emotions through positive outlets and build positive peer relationships.

Brian would do best in a two-parent household due to his needs; if he is placed with a single-parent family, the parent should have a strong support system. Brian needs an adoptive family who has experience or knowledge of parenting a child with special needs. The family must be patient and willing to continue the structured lifestyle that Brian requires. Brian needs a family who will be dedicated to him and help him reach his fullest potential. The family must continue and seek out any support services that can aide Brian. Finally, Brian would do best as the only child in the home.

For more information about Brian, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Kemiya

Contrary to how others react, Kemiya isn’t afraid of the morning trip to school. “She absolutely loves school, and her excitement about being there typically keeps her happy,” says Kemiya’s worker. She also likes being outside and riding her bike. When she’s inside, Kemiya likes coloring, doing puzzles and completing workbooks. Kemiya’s other favorite things include pink for color and Christmas for holiday, which she likes celebrating by opening and giving presents. And families take note: One of the favorite things that Kemiya enjoys is giving and receiving hugs. In addition, Kemiya has a pleasant personality. “Kemiya is a friendly, funny and honest young lady,” says her worker. “She is always happy and smiling when her workers visit.”

Kemiya can struggle at times with her emotions, but she receives help to guide her in processing her feelings about her past trauma. In school, Kemiya benefits from assistance to do her best. One of her workers says, “In school, Kemiya is able to do some work independently and does great with ignoring negative behaviors from her peers.”

A future forever family for Kemiya must be patient as she works through her feelings about her past and future and develops coping skills to regulate her behavior. She would do best with two experienced parents in a home in which she’s the youngest child. One of her workers reports the family “should have consistency with routines and provide positive reinforcement for Kemiya.” Most importantly, her family must be strong advocates for the services that will help Kemiya function at her best. Additionally, the family must be open to Kemiya maintaining contact with her siblings.

For more information about Kemiya, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Draven

Draven wants to experience the great outdoors. He dreams of learning to hunt and fish, preferably with his future forever family teaching him. This big dreamer wants to travel to Hawaii to take in its warm, sunny weather. On weekends, you might find Draven playing football or going to the gym. Draven also enjoys playing basketball and football and riding his bike. When he’s indoor, you might find Draven coloring, playing with superheroes, playing video games on the Xbox or watching movies on TV. He also enjoys building things with Legos. On his list of favorites, Draven includes mushroom pizza for food and German shepherd for animal. He loves the color red, specifically “bright and flashing, the superhero color,” he says. When Draven gets to be an adult, he wants to become a car salesman. Overall, “Draven is a fun young man who wishes to be a part of a family,” says one of his workers. “Daven has the capacity to give a lot of love to a family,” says another worker. With that family, Draven not only wants to “do outdoor stuff,” but he also would like to watch YouTube videos together or have a family game night playing video games.

Draven can be shy, but once he gets to know a person he is very outgoing. He has had behavioral issues in the past, but he is doing better in his current placement. “Draven is learning to become more outgoing with his peers,” says his worker. As a matter of fact, Draven prides himself in making better choices regarding his behavior. Draven is doing well in school and reports that he likes it, especially math.

Even though Draven has had disappointments in the past, he still wants to be part of a family. He would do best with two experienced parents who can give him the supervision and one-on-one attention that he needs. Draven would do best with older siblings no longer living in the home, but if there are other children, he should be the youngest. His family should be willing to educate themselves about and advocate for the types of services that will help Draven thrive throughout his childhood.

For more information about Draven, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Jacob

Jacob, or Jake, loves the outdoors and has a list of things he wants to do with a future forever family. He loves playing sports, and his favorite is football. Jake says that the most important thing he wants others to know about him is that he’s active and enjoys spending time outdoors. He also wants people to know that he’s funny and caring, something that one of workers confirms. “Jacob is very sweet and has a lot of love to give,” the worker says. “He wants to make others happy and generally wants to do the right thing.” In addition to enjoying all things outdoors, Jake likes reading, coloring and playing with Legos and superhero action figures. His favorite is Batman. Jake’s other favorite things include mac ’n cheese for food, blue for color and horse for animal. If he could visit anywhere, Jake would go to Chuck E. Cheese because he’s never been there and to Texas to rub elbows with cowboys. Jake also dreams about owning a monster truck and lots of toys. With his future forever family, Jake wants to go fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, tubing and snowmobiling.

Jake enjoys receiving a lot of attention and can become frustrated if he feels he isn’t receiving an adequate amount of it. Jake is working on developing a consistent daily routine and being more understanding. At school, he benefits from assistance to help him stay focused and function at his best.

A forever family for Jacob should consist of two parents with experience and patience and who can provide the attention he requires. In addition, the family must be strong advocates for the services that will help Jake thrive. His new parents must be experienced and knowledgeable of the impact of trauma on a child. Jake also would do best as the only child in his new forever family. Jake would enjoy living in a rural setting or in an environment where he could be around animals. Lastly, a family for Jake must be willing to let him maintain his relationship with his brother.

For more information about Jacob, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Raymond

Raymond might be a softy, but he thinks tough. Instead of listing cats and dogs as his favorite animals, Raymond says cheetahs and sharks top his list. When he gets older, Raymond wants “to be strong!” He says he wants to become a firefighter or Superman. Raymond loves celebrating Halloween but not by dressing up as a friendly ghost. “I want to be a vampire,” he says. Despite Raymond’s affinity for all things tough, it isn’t Muscle Beach that he most wants to visit. Instead, Raymond wants to travel to Paris simply because “it’s my favorite place,” he says. Proving that he’s not only tough but worldly, Raymond lists all fruit as his favorite food, pink and purple as his favorite color and video games as his favorite toy. Raymond also enjoys riding his bike and lists the activity as the thing he takes the most pride in. Raymond is playful, and he’s compassionate and loving toward others. “Raymond is sensitive to others needs and tries to help in any way he can,” says his worker. With his future forever family, Raymond looks forward to “going swimming and buying things.”

Generally, Raymond’s behaviors are typical, but he sometimes gets frustrated when he’s not understood. However, Raymond gets services to help him communicate and cope with his feelings, and his foster parents believe he’s made great strides. Raymond shows gratitude and appreciation when someone does something nice for him and is thoughtful, considerate and patient. In school, Raymond receives assistance to help him function at his best.

Raymond would do best with two experienced parents who have patience and understanding to build trust with him. His new parents must be knowledgeable of the impact of trauma on a child. Raymond’s new forever family must be strong advocates to make sure his needs are met. The family will need to set a consistent structure and daily schedule so Raymond knows what to expect. Raymond would do best as the youngest child in the home. Finally, his new forever family must be open to letting Raymond maintain his sibling relationships.

For more information about Raymond, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Bruce

Bruce puts the “aww” in awesome. Take, for instance, what he’s most proud of: “Being a really good brother.” Then his wish for what he would like to do with a forever family: “Anything as long as they’re with me.” When asked the most important thing he wants people to know about him, Bruce says, “I am loveable, and if you take me you get a whole lot of teddy bears, too!” If he had three wishes this aww-mazing boy would wish to be adopted, to have more Pokemon cards, and to have a new comforter for his bed. Any other “aww”-some facts that you want to share with folks, Bruce? ”I want my adoptive parents to love me as much as they can.” His worker agrees with Bruce’s “aww”-ssessment. “Bruce can be very sweet,” the worker says. “He desperately wants to be part of a forever family and has a lot of love to give.” That’s just about “aww” the information you need to know about this sweet and loving boy. Well, maybe there’s some more. Bruce says his favorite animal is the koala bear, his favorite subject in school is science and his favorite foods are McDonald’s and tacos. Instead of the Golden Arches, Bruce likes the color pink. In addition, Bruce says he enjoys reading, participating in equine therapy, playing Pokemon with friends, and taking a nap after a long day at school.

Although he is somewhat introverted, Bruce enjoys talking to people once he is comfortable with them. In school, he struggles to stay focused but is capable of getting good grades and has been on the Honor Roll. Currently, Bruce is getting help understanding and finding ways to cope with his emotions, which can overwhelm him sometimes.

Due to his past trauma, Bruce needs a dedicated forever family who will provide structure, stability and one-on-one supervision. Therefore, a household with two patient and experienced parents would be best for him. His worker feels it would be best for him to have both a mother and a father figure. His adoptive parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma. Even though it’s not a must, Bruce would do best as the only child in the home; if he’s not the only child then he should be the youngest. To reach his full potential, Bruce needs to understand boundaries yet get guidance, encouragement and acceptance. Bruce also has stated a preference for a family with pets. Finally, since Bruce has a strong bond with his younger brother, his new family must be open to letting him maintain that relationship.

For more information about Bruce, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Chevy

Chevy has big dreams and high aspirations. For instance, when he gets older, Chevy wants to become a computer engineer or software designer. He might an office in Ireland since that’s Chevy’s dream destination. “I have Irish in me,” he says. In addition to his career and travel dreams, Chevy takes a strong interest in sports and participates in cross country. “He enjoys playing soccer and is quite good at it,” says his worker. As a matter of fact, Chevy takes the most pride in his soccer skills, and his love of the game is one of the most important things he wants others to know about him. Chevy also likes playing video games, and his favorite is the typewriting racing skills competition called “Nitro Type.” When he’s not involved in sports or games, Chevy might be exercising his brain. He participates in chess club and enjoys reading. Chevy also enjoys sleeping and snacking, and he says shepherd’s pie is his favorite food. His worker describes Chevy as a happy and sociable boy who makes friends easily. “Chevy is a survivor!” the worker says. When he’s asked what he wants to do with a future forever family, Chevy says he wants to play video games with them. Of course, playing soccer is on his list, too.

Chevy receives services to help him with his emotions. His worker says Chevy generally interacts well with others. “Chevy is an excellent reader and truly enjoys school,” his worker says. “Chevy takes great pride in his grades and aspires to go to college.”

Chevy is struggling with the idea of becoming a member of another family and will need an adoptive family who is understanding and patient with his transition. He would do best in a forever family with two parents or a single-male parent. He would benefit from having a strong and positive male role model. His new parent or parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child. In addition, Chevy would do best as the only child in his new forever family. His new parent or parents also must be fierce advocates for the services that will help Chevy thrive. Finally, his new forever family must be willing to let Chevy maintain his relationship with his younger sibling

For more information about Chevy, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Casey

Casey brings joy to Mudville or anywhere else for that matter. “Casey is a laidback and fun kid to be around,” says a worker. “His smile can spread throughout a room.” He’s passionate about sports and loves playing football and basketball. “Casey is extremely athletic and made the all-star football team this year, his first year of playing an organized sport,” says his worker. “Casey was attentive and an eager learner at football practices.” In fact, Casey wants to turn his interest and prowess in sports into a career by becoming a pro athlete. “He wants to be a wide receiver like Calvin Johnson,” says Casey’s worker. In addition to playing sports, Casey loves playing video games. He has a creative as well as an athletic side and enjoys dancing and photography. An inquisitive young man, Casey likes interacting with others and learning about them. “Casey is very curious about things and asks a lot of clarifying questions in order to understand things,” says his worker, who calls Casey a natural-born leader. “Casey does a great job of helping others to understand how to do something or complete a task,” says his worker. “He was observed to be a strong leader and captain on his football team.”

Casey struggles with developing trusting relationships. However, once trust is established, Casey can be very kind, open and affectionate. Due to the trauma he has endured, Casey can struggle with behavior, particularly in school, but he is getting services to help him develop better coping skills. For instance, Casey uses sports as a coping mechanism. Those around Casey believe that once he gets into a stable learning environment he’ll do very well behaviorally and academically in school.

According to Casey’s worker, a future forever family for him should have a strong male in the home. Casey’s new parents would benefit from having knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child. His family must be patient as they build and earn Casey’s trust. “Casey will require a slow transition into a home,” his worker says. His worker adds that it’s important that Casey’s new forever family support his interest in sports. Finally, Casey would do well in a family who has a great sense of humor.

For more information about Casey, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Dorothea

If only she could package and distribute one of her big passions then Dorie, as Dorothea is called, might make millions. Alas, it’s kind of difficult to market this special skill that brings joy to others. “Dorie loves to snuggle and get hugs from others,” says one of her workers. “Her ‘Dorie hugs’ help everyone feel better.” The worker adds that “Dorie is a very kind-hearted girl who wants everyone around her to be happy.” She’s quite the helper, too, and especially enjoys lending a hand at mealtime. Dorie’s other favorite activities include dancing, jumping rope with friends, playing “Connect Four,” building forts, coloring, watching movies, going outside and playing with dolls. Her favorite colors are purple and blue and her favorite food is “any type of sweetness.” In addition to her immediate needs, Dorie has future wishes and goals. She wishes to become an ice skating dancer, but if that doesn’t work out, she wants to become a doctor. With her future forever family, Dorie hopes to watch movies and cook together.

Due to the trauma she experienced, Dorie receives services to help her process her past and develop coping skills to manage her emotions. Dorie does well in school and enjoys attending her classes. She receives assistance to function at her best and works hard. Dorie says art is her favorite subject.

Dorie would do best with an experienced and patient mom and dad. Dorie’s new parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. Her new parents must be strong advocates for the services that will help Dorie thrive at home and in school. Dorie would do best as the only or youngest child. Finally, her new forever family must be able to provide the structure and routine that will help Dorie function at her best.

For more information about Dorothea, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Kaedyn

Kaedyn is an active young lad with a lot of creative energy. He loves being outdoors and enjoys playing with remote control cars and airplanes. Kaedyn gets his creative juices flowing by listening to music, and he satisfies his artistic flair by doing arts and crafts. “He wants others to know that his favorite color is blue, his favorite thing to eat is dessert and his favorite animal is a sloth,” says Kaedyn’s worker. Kaedyn also wants others to know that he enjoys being around friends and family.

Kaedyn can struggle with behavior at times, but he receives services to help him manage his feelings. Kaedyn generally does well in school. “He is a good student,” says Kaedyn’s worker, who adds that he strives to improve in the classroom.

His worker is open to all types of families, but Kaedyn prefers a mom and dad. Kaedyn would do best as the only or youngest child in his new forever family. His new parent or parents must be experienced and knowledgeable of the impact of trauma on a child. In addition, his new parent or parents must be willing to advocate for the services that will help Kaedyn function at his best.

For more information about Kaedyn, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org

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Serinity

Life can be serene with Serinity around, but it also can be fun and adventurous. “Serinity has a great sense of humor and a bubbly personality,” says her worker. “She is friendly and outgoing. She loves to dance and have fun.” Serinity puts her dancing skills to work as a member of her school’s cheerleading squad. Because she loves to dance, it’s only natural that Serinity likes listening to music. She also enjoys taking selfies with her friends. Serinity is proud of her appearance. “She is stylish and always looks nice wherever she goes out,” says Serinity’s worker. When she’s asked to describe herself, Serinity says she’s funny, passionate, caring and determined.

Her worker says Serinity is a talkative and outgoing young lady with a strong desire to be independent and to put the past behind her. “She is strong-willed and a good advocate for herself,” the worker says. Serinity is working on managing her feelings with the help she receives. When she’s focused, Serinity does well in school.

Serinity and her worker are open to all types of families, but her new parent or parents should be experienced and knowledgeable of the impact of trauma on a child. Her new parent or parents must be strong advocates for the services that will help Serinity thrive. Her new forever family must be patient and compassionate as Serinity transitions into the home.

For more information about Serinity, contact our Adoption Specialists at adoption@ccwestmi.org