Children available for adoption

We hope that you enjoy The Heart Gallery of Wisconsin photography exhibit. While the adoptability status of the children featured on this web site may change daily, we hope that you will come away from this gallery with the knowledge that children and adolescents of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds need a forever family to call their own.

We never have enough homes and there is always a need for homes for older children and groups of brothers and sisters. Adoption cuts across every ethnic, religious, social and economic level. Adoptive parents can be people of very modest means, or they can be at the top of the economic scale. We need all kinds of families.Ashley


Ashley is a sweet teen who really cares about others. She is loving and helpful and makes it her mission to cheer others up when sad or in a bad mood. Ashley is also very outgoing and funny. She enjoys music and can't resist singing along when her favorite songs come on the radio. Ashley enjoys art and likes to dance. She is also content to curl up with a good book. Ashley is always up for a trip to the mall or movies with friends, and enjoys quality family time. Ashley likes to learn about God and looks forward to going to church.

Ashley is in the 7th grade. She has an IEP in place currently, to help her better navigate behavioral challenges and to help her to catch up academically. She struggles to turn in homework, citing that she fears that her work will be incorrect and that she is not comfortable asking teachers for extra help. Ashley needs the support and care of a parent(s) who will encourage her to believe in her abilities and will spend one-on-one time helping her with her school work. Ashley looks forward to getting a job someday and experiencing more independence.

Ashley participates in group, individual, and art therapy and has been part of teen empowerment activities. She can spot when she is beginning to feel "moody" and is strong in identifying what coping skills work for her, and at using them when needed. She is sometimes challenged to avoid expressing herself aggressively or with disrespect, but does really well with her support team and is committed to making and reaching her goals to overcome this.

Ashley has experienced quite a bit of trauma throughout her childhood, as well as several rejections and losses. Due to this, as relationships in her life deepen, she may become afraid and push away. Ashley wants to be adopted into a stable family, but needs very committed parents who will show her that they will not leave her, as others have in the past.

Ashley hopes to remain in Wisconsin to maintain her relationship with her biological sister. She prefers to be part of a family consisting of both a mother and father, and would be a great older sister to younger siblings. Ashley is a caring person who looks forward to being part of a dedicated, loving family who will give her the love, encouragement, and foundation she needs to really shine.

Birthday December 2001

Photo credit: Frenn Photography, 2016

Brandon and Michael


About Brandon

Brandon is a lively young guy who is fun to be with. He likes to joke around and have a good time. Others describe him as sweet and charming, as well. Brandon enjoys learning new things and he’s always up for trying an activity, at least once. He is a cooperative student, but at times struggles with learning. Brandon likes to create and repair with his hands. He is talented in woodworking and mechanics. He has fixed a lawnmower in the past, and he hopes to be a mechanic someday.

Brandon enjoys spending time outside, and likes being active. He loves swimming, fishing, and camping. He’s also into playing sports, particularly basketball, football, and soccer. Brandon takes pride in his appearance, even taking the time to make a Mohawk out of his short hair most days.

Brandon is working to get a better handle on his emotions when they get stirred up, and works with a therapist and caregivers to build up his coping tools so that his response in these moments can come from a calmer place. Brandon has an eagerness to learn ways to better manage his responses and reactions when he has negative emotions. He brings a lot of insight into his own behavior and ideas for how to better navigate himself. He is very motivated to work on improving his behavior and has done a great job. At this point, he sometimes needs redirection and reminders to use his coping skills, but, for the most part, he regulates this process on his own. His caregivers are very proud of him. Brandon says that what triggers him the most is when others tease him or argue with him. He knows that if something like this arises, he can listen to music, take deep breaths, draw, or count to three in his head before acting on his feelings.

Birthday: Nov. 2002

About Michael

Michael is a people-person. He is polite, friendly, easy-going, and respectful toward peers and adults. His friends and other children view him as a positive role model. He likes to encourage others to do the right thing. Michael enjoys being helpful and is known for being open, honest, kind, and caring. Michael follows directions well and doesn’t need much prompting to initiate daily living tasks – he likes to keep his room clean and organized on his own, for example. Michael is driven to do well in school. He is slightly behind in reading but he is an engaged and intelligent student. Michael is very creative and loves to be active, explaining why his favorite classes are art and gym. He is exceptionally fit among kids his age. He loves to play soccer and basketball. He also likes to get outside to play with his friends or go hiking. Swimming and riding his bike are also ways he likes to have fun and burn energy. Michael is also an avid video game player and likes to catch movies at the theater sometimes. Overall, Michael prefers activity with a group of friends over alone time.Michael

Michael loves to be around animals, especially dogs. Another favorite activity of his is eating, and he can list several of his favorite foods – a few are spicy chicken, corn, and cucumbers.

Michael is a resilient young man who has made great strides in overcoming emotional and behavioral challenges. He does a really great job at managing his emotions. When he becomes frustrated, he is able to separate himself from a situation and process his feelings without acting out. Michael does well with one-on-one support if upset. In general, he values praise and encouragement of positive behavior. He is insightful and motivated in regulating his emotions. Occasional reminders help him to stay on track, but for the most part, he does well on his own.

Michael and Brandon are close siblings who hope to be adopted together. The boys would benefit from a calm, trusting, nurturing, consistent parental approach. A family life with structure and routine would be ideal for them to grow, explore, and flourish. They would be happy to have pets, and a parent or parents who like to participate in activities with them and help them to be involved in their interests.

Birthday: Dec. 2003


Brittney is known for lighting up the room with her vibrant, bubbly personality. She has likability about her and she is very social. Brittney prefers to be active and keeps busy with hands-on activities such as crafts, coloring, and cooking up new recipes. She enjoys being outside, riding her bike, and swimming. Brittany is also into music and fashion and likes to hang out with her friends. Brittney has a soft spot for animals, particularly horses. Brittney possesses great organizational skills and is a self-reliant young person.

Brittney does best when caregivers provide patience, consistency, repetition, and clear expectations. She can have a difficult time regulating and expressing her emotions in healthy ways. Therapy sessions have helped her learn to make positive choices during emotionally charged situations. Brittney struggles with a cognitive delay and her team at school works to identify and implement ways that help her learn to the best of her ability.

Brittney has an older sister and it is important for her to continue her sibling relationship. The girls like to talk on the phone regularly and spend time together. It would be ideal for Brittney to be the youngest child of her adoptive household. She would do well with the support, guidance, and love of a stable and committed family. Brittney has a lot of spark to share with her forever family.

Birthday: Oct. 2001




Chris is a bright and lively 11-year-old who likes to be helpful. He’s even content participating in household chores and will often seek ways to pitch in. Chris is a charmer – he can be quite well-spoken, polite, and respectful. Others describe Chris as a fun guy to be around with a good sense of humor. Chris

Chris is intelligent and inquisitive by nature. He is performing at grade level in school and is proud of achieving all A’s and B’s on his latest report card. Chris enjoys most subjects, particularly math. He likes to be active. He struggles with intensity and competitiveness in team sports, but has a great time in track and field at school. Chris also likes playing basketball, football, and baseball casually with one or two other people. A variety of movement and purposeful activities are great outlets for his abundant energy. Chris likes to ride his bike, spend time with his sister, play games on his iPod, play with friends, play outdoors, and do art projects, such as drawing and weaving. Chris doesn’t like being bored with nothing to do. He also isn’t a fan of soup (especially Ramen noodles).

Chris has an IEP in school for emotional and behavioral supports. He has a hard time with his peers as he tends to misread social cues, resulting in rejection by other children. Chris very much wants to fit in and be accepted.

Chris understands what behaviors are appropriate and inappropriate, as well as the links between behaviors, feelings, and consequences. He continues to make improvements with regard to managing his behavior when he is triggered. He needs the support of an adult whom he can trust, to further his progress in this. Chris participates in therapy regularly. He has yet to process many significant losses in his life, as well as his history of trauma and rejection. 

It is preferred that Chris be adopted by a family in Wisconsin in order to maintain his close relationship with his sister, while coordinating with her foster parents. Chris responds better with an adult male figure around, so a single father household or a couple including a male would be ideal for him.

Chris needs a loving, patient, and dedicated family who can support him through their understanding of the effects of trauma and loss on such a young mind. Chris has had families tell him that they would be his families forever and then ultimately decide that they could not meet his needs. Because of this, he may be slow to trust and may act out in order to test a family’s commitment as he attempts to prove his belief that no one will unconditionally stand by him. With solid parenting and a true forever family, Chris has the potential to really shine.

Birthday: Nov. 2003

Damareis (DJ)

DamariesDJDamareis (DJ) is an energetic and helpful boy with brown eyes and a big smile. He is quiet and watchful, and aims to please others. DJ likes watching cartoons, going to church and the library, coloring, doing art activities, singing, listening to music, and attending the Boys and Girls Club. He also enjoys his karate classes and swimming lessons. DJ likes to ride his bicycle and scooter outside and he has an interest in cooking. His favorite foods are pizza, salad, chicken, vegetables, and fruit. DJ has an appreciative nature and likes to help with chores. 

DJ is in the seventh grade and has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in place to help him manage behaviors that may be impeding his ability to excel academically. Although he is open to expressing and accepting affection with adults, DJ needs continued guidance in interacting with his peers in order to avoid being bullied.

DJ is motivated by verbal praise and recognition for his achievements. He does well with time-outs, loss of privileges, or an extra writing assignment as consequences of unwanted behavior. DJ currently receives therapy to help him work through his past trauma, and it has led to many positive outcomes for him over time.

DJ is very close with his younger brother; the boys must remain in contact. His brother’s adoptive family is supportive of ongoing and frequent contact. DJ is looking for a family in Wisconsin, who will advocate for his needs, be firm and fair with consequences, yet affectionate, and who is willing to work closely with his school. He would like a family who can continue to encourage and facilitate his favorite activities. DJ has a lot of love to share with his forever family and needs compassionate adults who are committed to him through thick and thin.

Birthday: July 2003


Daveyanna is very bright and excels academically. She dreams of going to college and wants to be a doctor someday. Daveyanna is creative and crafty. Daveyanna is funny and likes to laugh, she enjoys reading, loves going to the library and likes to talk and be social.Daveyanna3

Daveyanna can be difficult to console at times. She struggles with adjusting to the trauma she has experienced. Daveyanna doesn't wish to deal with her feelings and is often avoidant of discussions surrounding her past and what she has experienced.
Daveyanna loves to read, one of her favorite books is Divergent; she also likes watching Disney television. Daveyanna likes to be active, and enjoys playing volleyball and soccer. Daveyanna has a healthy appetite and enjoys eating a variety of foods. She has siblings who were adopted and she would love to maintain her contact with them.

Daveyanna needs for her parents to invest quality time with her. Structure and having her know what is coming next is very important to her. Birthday: Sept. 2001

David and Dequavion

About David

David is fun to be around and is a very caring child. Around the house, he enjoys cooking with the family, and he’s on top of getting household chores done. He is in great health, except for asthma, for which he takes medication. However, this doesn’t slow him down and he is active in many sports and hobbies outdoors. He likes playing baseball, riding a bicycle and scooter, and jumping on a trampoline. Talking about baseball and Marvel cartoons are other favorite activities of his. David enjoys working on arts and crafts. His go-to movies are Spiderman, Star Wars, and Minions.David_Dequavion8

David does very well in school and is excelling in all of his classes. His favorite subject is math. David is conscientious about completing homework assignments and has good scores on tests. He is supported at school through an IEP for behavior, which he has improved on this school year. David is involved with the Boy Scouts and plays in the school’s baseball league.

At times, David can be aggressive and defiant. Like his brother, he is working with an individual therapist, as well as with a team of professionals. A stable, nurturing family who is open to working with a team may be best for David.

These bright, active boys come from a large family, but Dequavion and David have lived apart from their other siblings since 2012. A family that would be interested in keeping these two brothers together would be ideal; however, due to their needs, individual options can be explored for each child. If the brothers remain together they need a family who will monitor their time together to keep them safe. David_Dequavion18Both Dequavion and David need a stable, structured family who will be involved in their activities and help them grow and flourish.

Birthday: Nov. 2007

About Dequavion

Dequavion is a very bright young man with all kinds of interests and skills. He enjoys challenging activities such as playing chess and drawing. He also likes doing origami and completing puzzles. Dequavion excels in school and his favorite subject is reading. Dequavion is physically healthy and does best when he is busy with activities. He’s into riding his bike, jumping on trampolines, and riding his scooter. Dequavion belongs to the YMCA and loves basketball and football. If family time includes board games, Dequavion’s favorites are Monopoly, UNO, and Chutes & Ladders. He also enjoys watching Marvel cartoons.

Dequavion is working with an individual therapist to improve his disruptive behavior and ease his hyperactivity. He has a team assisting him with managing crises. Dequavion lives with his younger brother David and is sometimes overly protective of him. At other times, the two brothers can be aggressive with one another. Dequavion would like to be in a stable, loving home and remain there forever.

Birthday: Dec. 2005



Desteny is a very active girl with black hair and brown eyes. She is helpful, energetic, creative and graceful. She excels in singing, dancing and crafting. Desteny has an effervescent personality, she is personable, has a sense of humor and positive outlook most of the time. Desteny struggles with conflict and being corrected by adults and peers. She is learning coping strategies and developing an understanding of safety and problem solving.

She does really well with completing her school work, although she can be talkative in the classroom she is interested in school and eager to learn. Desteny enjoys “girly things” and playing outside and watching television. She also enjoys gymnastics, having her hair done, being active, playing sports, music and visiting her brother. Her favorite colors are pink and purple. Desteny does well with structure and consistency and loves to receive praise and rewards.

Birthday: June 2005

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Iasia possesses a gift to make people laugh with her ever-present comedy. With creative flair, her love for decorating has blossomed. Iasia dreams of becoming an interior designer. But that’s not where this girl’s talents end. Hairstyling, dancing, singing, and fashion design are some other ways she likes to express herself. She is known for being a very caring, sweet person and, with her willingness to try new things or just go with the flow, Iasia’s personality shines through no matter what.IASIA

Iasia is typically a happy and outgoing young lady; however, during some rough moments, she has been known to struggle with expressing her emotions. Iasia has really grasped the tools offered to her and works very hard to cope and express herself in positive ways. In school, reading skills have been a challenge for her, but Iasia has made some improvement already with extra learning supports. The majority of the time, Iasia is a happy, smiling, hopeful young girl. She’s always willing to lend a hand and is the first to help cheer up others who are feeling down.

A forever family would be a dream come true for Iasia, who has been longing for stability and love. Iasia’s forever family will need to be patient and supportive of her continuing to learn to manage her emotions and heal from past traumas. Iasia would love to get to work on decorating her new room and getting to know her family. She does have siblings and keeps in contact with them, so a family who resides in Wisconsin and is able to support and continue that family connection is preferred. A family outside of Wisconsin might be considered, if the family can show that contact between Iasia and her siblings can be consistently supported.

Iasia’s sister Trinity is also waiting for an adoptive family. A family interested in adopting both sisters is ideal.

Iasia’s personality lights up the hearts of those around her. She hopes to settle in with her forever family very soon.Birthday: May 2004


Isaah is an energetic and charming biracial youth with dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He has a passion for arts and crafts and enjoys singing in choir. When he is not playing video games or on his computer, Isaah likes to keep active, and enjoys a variety of sports that have included basketball, hockey, and swimming in the past. He currently participates in Tae Kwon Do.Some of his favorite foods include pepperoni pizza and ice cream.Isaah1

Isaah enjoys school, despite that it sometimes presents learning challenges for him. He follows an IEP and does best with one-on-one attention in both school and home settings. Isaah is able to follow a routine, but he can be easily distracted and become frustrated. He does best when given gentle reminders and help to complete chores and school work.

Isaah has had several life experiences that have created many inner doubts and fears for him that, in turn, have impacted his current behaviors and needs. He is anxious when it comes to change and often struggles to communicate his frustrations. His reactions can present as challenging and he may require a moment to unwind and cool off. When Isaah is struggling to manage his behaviors, it is comforting for him to know that there are people close by who care about him.Isaah2

Isaah would be best matched with an experienced family who is nurturing and has a thorough understanding of parenting children with trauma, as well as attachment issues. He needs a family willing and able to provide him with a structured environment and to help him with setting and maintaining strong boundaries/limits. Although out-of-state homes will be considered, Isaah does have existing connections with former foster parents, his birth mother, and siblings in Wisconsin that are essential to maintain.

Birthday: Aug. 2003

Photographer: Elysha Rice – 2015





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Jamie is handsome boy with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is a kind-hearted and caring individual. Jamie is easy to get along with, and leads an active lifestyle. He is looking for a family who will make a lifelong commitment to helping him reach his immense potential.

Jamie is a very active teenager who loves to play sports and enjoy the outdoors. This past year in school, he participated in cross country and track and field. He was also a member of the wrestling team. He is lively, full of energy, and enjoys staying busy. Jamie likes to cook and help out in the kitchen. Like many teens, he gravitates toward junk food, but he also enjoys making healthy food choices and helping to cook a healthy meal.

At school, Jamie receives extra help due to a processing disorder. He requires extra time to understand information and instructions from teachers. However, he is overcoming his learning disability and doing well in school and meeting his IEP goals. He is able to accomplish this with patient supervision and guidance in a structured environment.

Jamie has a history of trauma and does sometimes struggle with boundaries and behaviors. This is particularly true when adapting to new environments and changes in routine. However, over the past few years, therapy has helped him overcome many of his behavioral challenges. When Jamie is given appropriate supervision and guidance, he thrives.

Jamie is looking for a family who will allow him to stay in contact with his two siblings and his current foster family. He likes animals of all kinds and he would do well in a home with pets.

Birthday September 2002


Jayvon10Thirteen-year-old Jayvon is an outgoing, talkative guy who likes to be active. An outdoors kind of kid, Jayvon loves participating in sports. He especially enjoys playing baseball and dreams of being a ballplayer one day. Or a firefighter, he says.

Jayvon wants to please others and is working on learning social cues. He is an enthusiastic learner in school and eagerly offers up answers. Jayvon has an I.E.P. and is working with a speech therapist. He does best when he can be active and burn off his abundance of energy. Math is his go-to subject, because he likes working math problems. Music is another of Jayvon’s interests.

Some favorites of Jayvon’s are pizza, playing board games, and going to the park. His dream vacation would be playing with dolphins in Florida. He’d also be happy visiting a place like northern Wisconsin, and says he would like to live near water. “Batman vs. Superman” is his current pick for movies.

Jayvon would like to be adopted, and living outside Wisconsin would be OK with him. His siblings are adults and he does not feel he must live near them. He would do fine with a younger brother or sister and says a “baby sister” would be great. A father figure is another desire of Jayvon’s.

In his current home, Jayvon has improved in coping with the effects of the neglect and trauma that occurred in his young life. A positive approach and avoiding arguing have worked well for him. Jayvon wants people to know that he is friendly to pets, like kittens and puppies, and that he is fun.

Birthday April 2003

Photo credit: Studio Noveau, 2016 Jestice


Jestice is a very gentle and sweet child. She is very artistic and musical. She enjoys and is very good at dancing and singing. She is also very intelligent and does very well in school. Even during her difficult times, she always maintains strong grades in school. Jestice has many friends at school and enjoys spending time with her peers. She is very polite and grateful for all of the help she receives.

Birthday: May 2000

Photographer: WojoImage Photography

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Josh is a laid-back, friendly, and upbeat kid. He possesses a natural curiosity and is willing to try new things. Josh enjoys interacting with adults and other youth, and he looks up to the staff members at the residential facility where he resides. Josh is a positive, open, and sweet person. He is polite and thoughtful – always ready with a “please” or “thank you.” He is a compassionate, likable young man who isn’t shy in sharing his huge smile. Josh rather simply describes himself as “awesome.”JoshA

Josh enjoys most activities. He’s a Pokemon expert, and states that his favorite game is Smash Up. He likes to spend time reading, drawing, constructing Lego sets, and doing craft projects. He enjoys staying active and healthy. Josh likes spending time outdoors, doing things such as riding his bike, swimming, and camping. Josh likes to be with people. He enjoys playing games, going out to eat, and talking with friends and family.

Josh says that he likes sports, particularly playing soccer and rooting for the Packers and Steelers. Josh dreams of one day being a pro wrestler, pro football player, and firefighter . . . simultaneously.

Josh is very bright and is performing at grade level in school. In the past, while in a public school setting, Josh experienced some challenges with attention and behavioral difficulties. However, he is currently doing well both academically and behaviorally in his classes at the residential facility where he lives. Josh enjoys being able to demonstrate to others what he has learned in school. He currently does well in the classroom and in following through with his homework.Josh3

Josh has experienced trauma, neglect, and rejection in the past and has struggled to cope with the resulting emotional harms. He attends therapy and has learned many ways to better respond in situations where he experiences emotional turmoil. He has developed a strong ability to identify and talk about his feelings. He is doing very well, overall, and has come a long way. Incentive plans work well to steer him back on track, when needed. Josh does best with a lot of structure, consistency, activity, and adult supervision. He likes to be engaged, and is very engaging, which helps him to be involved in positive, proactive activities, and to communicate his feelings and process them.

Josh is in need of a family who values together-time and wants to explore activities and ideas with him. Josh would do best with a parent or parents who can provide structure, love, commitment, supervision, and consistency. A family for Josh will need to be able to provide understanding and support based on his trauma history. His team feels that it would be in his best interest to remain in Wisconsin in order to maintain some family connections. Josh really likes being in a rural setting and he loves animals. His dream would be to live on a small farm, but he is open to any setting where he is part of a family and feels included. Josh eagerly anticipates belonging in a family.Birthday: May 2004


Justin is a handsome boy with a smile that will light up your day. He loves the outdoors and is very open to trying new things. Justin loves riding dirt bikes, sports, and painting with water colors. He has a witty sense of humor and is very smart. Justin wants to be accepted and loved by those around him. Justin1

Justin is currently attending public junior high. He enjoys math, reading, and physical education classes. A family wishing to adopt Justin would have to possess patience, guidance, and excellent communication skills to help him understand his new family and their expectations of him. Justin would benefit from a family that openly shows affection for each other, and will accept his hesitance for sincere emotion. They must be willing to give him praise and encouragement.

Justin’s social worker says that it would be in his best interest to stay in Wisconsin due to ongoing contact with his half-brother and another important adult who has a supportive connection with Justin. The worker also recommends that Justin be placed in Justina single male household or in a two- parent household. He would do best with older siblings in the home or no siblings at all due to some jealousy issues toward younger children that Justin is currently working on. Justin has had a few struggles in the past, but with a stable, patient home who knows what he can achieve!

Birthday: Sept. 2000

Photographer: Stacey Frances Photography




K is a sweet young lady that likes going out to eat and loves shopping. She also likes music playing games, doing activities and spending one-on-one time with her caregiver. She also likes horses and she would like to live in the country. She would also love to have the opportunity to travel. K is currently in high school and she is on track academically.

K would thrive in a home with no children where she can get a lot of attention and structure. She would love to keep contact with her sisters and she would like a family that wants to be involved in her school and in her life.

K says...

Hi, my name is K and I'm 15 years old and I live in Whitewater. In 10 years I want to be a marine. I’m working on getting there, and right now I’m participating in physical activities. My goals are to become a marine have them pay for school and adopt. I am known for being outspoken and stubborn. For fun I like to be active, go out and do things. If I could be an animal I would choose to be a lion because I’m a Leo. If I had to describe myself with one word I’d choose: “outspoken.” My stubbornness, inner strength and support team are my source of K2strength while in foster care. One thing I want the world to know about me is don’t judge me by the way I was raised.

  • My favorite food is cosmic brownies
  • My favorite color is black
  • My favorite sport is tennis
  • My favorite movie is the Goonies
  • I love me!

Birthday: Aug. 1999

Photographer: Aryn Amber Photography



Kendell is an African American young man born in December 2004. He is a very active boy who enjoys playing basketball, yoga, playing with puppets and playing with dough. He also likes going on the computer, playing video games and completing tasks independently. Kendell’s favorite TV show is Blue’s Clues. He enjoys helping clean up after meals or snacks and enjoys participating in sensory activities.

Kendell attends school on campus at the treatment program where he resides. Kendell does well in his small, self-contained class room. He is diagnosed with severe autism and ADHD and is working on developing his verbal and non-verbal communication as well as daily living skills. Kendell follows a lactose-free diet, but enjoys eating. Kendell would like a family who would give him a daily schedule of activities to keep him busy and learning new things.

Birthday: Dec. 2004


Kyheair is a sweet, polite, and respectful who is liked by both peers and adults. She has a smile that goes from ear to ear. She can be a little on the quiet side. It helps to have someone to encourage her to warm up in social situations, at times. Ky is resilient in her efforts to recover from the trauma she experienced as a child.

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Ky has a talent for arts and crafts and enjoys drawing and coloring. She is gifted at making bracelets, and loves to sing and listen to music. Ky enjoys sports, on and off the court, as a basketball player as well as cheerleader. She likes nature and being outdoors, too. Ky also enjoys putting together puzzles and playing other games.

The facility where she lives recently offered Ky a work/study job in the kitchen. Ky is a hard worker and completes all of her tasks in a timely manner. She said she’s enjoying this job. Ky has been very receptive to feedback and guidance in this role.

Ky’s most recent report card reflects mostly A/B grades. She is intelligent and loves to read. Ky’s friends and teachers enjoy her presence at school.

A one or two-parent family would be acceptable for Ky. The best family for Ky would be committed to accepting her and helping her to heal and grow. Ky may want to continue to have a relationship with her former guardian, her great aunt. Ky will need loving and supportive attention and ongoing opportunities to replace her negative memories with positive ones. She wants a loving and understanding family who will not abandon her if things get tough, and who will provide her with the support and attention she needs to be successful.

Birthday June 2000


Lashone was born in January of 2007. He is a friendly, funny, athletic, intelligent, active and handsome young man who wants to be adopted. He is willing to help others and completes chores per conversations with his current foster mother. Lashone cares very much about his family, primarily his siblings. He would like to have some contact with them if possible. Lashone does have some struggles related to his past traumas. LashonePrimarily he struggles with controlling his behaviors and with his anger. He appears to have a lot of built up anger related to being separated from his siblings and towards his birth mother. However, despite these challenges Lashone will thrive in an environment where he has structure and love. Lashone requires a two parent home with a strong male figure who will not give up on him when he tests their commitment. With this type of home, Lashone with flourish and will have the positive future he deserves.

Lashone says:

Hi, my name is Lashone and I am 8 years old and I live in a foster home in Milwaukee.

In 10 years I want to be in college studying to become a lawyer. I’m working on getting there and right now I am struggling.

I love pizza, the color green, Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Power Rangers.

For fun I like to play basketball, skating, ride my scooter, swimming, football and 4Square. I’m known for my computer skills, for being smart and that I can fix anything.

My source of strength while in foster care is God. I love sports and my family.

Birthday: Jan. 2007


Logan is a smart, friendly, talkative, and helpful boy with brown hair, and brown eyes. He has a sweet smile that can make anyone's heart melt. His favorite food is pizza, he likes the color black, and his favorite holiday is Halloween, because he likes dressing up and getting candy.

Logan loves to play sports such as basketball, baseball, and bowling. He also likes to skateboard, sing, listen to music, and play video and card games. He enjoys participating in outings in the community such as baseball and basketball games, or attending the zoo to see his favorite animal, the tiger. Logan enjoys playing with all kinds of toys and is a big fan of Spiderman. He wishes someday to be able to vacation in Disney World and has aspirations to become a singer. Logan2

In school, Logan's favorite subject is art because he is artistic and enjoys creating things. He is at grade level for the most part; however, Logan's behaviors sometimes get in the way of spending full days in the classroom being attentive to the topics being taught. He often has a fight or flight response.

When upset, he may try to run away or self-harm. With the help of caregivers, service providers, and other professionals, Logan continues to work on positive coping skills when things don't go his way, and establishing healthy ways to express his aggression on a daily basis.

He has three siblings (one sister and two brothers) who have been adopted or currently reside in pre-adoptive homes. While Logan is available to be matched with families outside of Wisconsin, it will be important for him to be able to stay in contact with his siblings, especially his younger brother. Logan

Logan responds best to and would fare well in a family where there is consistency, structure, and predictability when it comes to his environment. He is open to families with other children in the home and preferably a cat, if there is a family pet in the home. Additionally, he desires a family who will appreciate him for "how awesome he is."

Birthday: Dec. 2001

Photographer: DV Photography (2015)



Makayla is a bright and lively girl with an infectious smile and a heart of gold. She has a fun, outgoing personality and great sense of humor. Makayla is very creative and loves to sing, dance, draw, color, paint, and make beaded jewelry. She has a great voice and is often listening to music. Makayla likes to be active. She enjoys soccer, softball, and basketball. Makayla is very loving and social, and it’s important to her to help others. Her foster mother says, “Makayla is one of the most giving people . . . she’s always willing to give to others.” This thoughtful young lady volunteers at the local homeless shelter, her church, and the nearby animal shelter. She also enjoys making gifts for others to brighten their day.

Makayla’s favorite holidays are her birthday and Christmas. She enjoys family time, getting presents, and, as she says, “celebrating Jesus’s birthday.” She likes dolphins and the Disney Channel, and hopes to visit Florida someday.

Makayla has an older brother who has been adopted. She loves him very much and it is important that they maintain their close relationship. She considers her cousins to be her siblings, as well. It is important that Makayla’s adoptive family encourages her connection to her brother, cousins, and aunt.

Makayla is very smart and likes to be the center of attention. Like many kids her age, Makayla can easily get frustrated. She continues to work through some challenges with social boundaries and oppositional behavior. Makayla can communicate her feelings well, and hopes that her adoptive family will be understanding. The path to success with Makayla includes a lifestyle of consistency, firm but calm parenting, and a focus on positive reinforcement. She has made much progress under the nurturing and structured care of her current foster parents. Makayla gets along with peers, as well as adults, at home and school. She is a hard worker who follows rules and takes pride in doing chores and helping.

Makayla is looking for a family to call her own that is fun, takes care of her, and loves her forever. She would love to have a canine family member, as well. Makayla hopes for a family involved in church activities like she is.

Birthday July 2003



Mariah is a young lady that is diagnosed with autism. She really likes to craft, color and play with costume jewelry. She also loves SpongeBob and she enjoys when she spends time in the computer.

Even though Mariah is a picky eater she tries to learn to like other foods. Mariah struggles with communicating and she can get angry sometimes. Mariah would benefit from a family who will love her for who she is, are patient, and provides her with the structure that she needs to thrive.


Nailah is a creative youth who teachers describe as a pleasure to be around. She likes to learn and is a great helper. Nailah enjoys expressing herself through singing, listening to music, drawing, writing, and dancing. During times of difficulty, these activities provide her with a positive way to process her feelings. She also participates in a performance arts group aimed at empowering youth in self-discovery and cultivating healthy relationships. Nailah likes to play basketball and hang out at the YMCA. She also enjoys computer time.


Nailah has experienced a significant amount of neglect and instability early in life. She was adopted at age four, but pervasive medical issues in her adoptive family have resulted in an inability to meet Nailah’s needs. It is important for Nailah to be reminded that her adoptive mother, who has since passed on, loved her very much, and for Nailah’s caregivers to honor that connection.

Nailah has been a target of bullying, resulting in aggressive responses to peers, but she has been doing well in avoiding negative behavior at school for a while now. Nailah struggles in some areas of learning and receives additional supports with math, reading, and academic skills. She enjoys learning, however, and is engaged when she receives extra help. Her teachers say that they enjoy having her in their classroom and that she has a good attendance record.

Nailah is in need of a family who will help her achieve positive self-esteem, a sense of unconditional belonging, and emotional support as she processes the grief of her mother’s passing. As Nailah gets to know a new caregiver, she will need a lot of one-on-one time to develop trust. It is important for Nailah to be regularly reminded that she is part of her family and is loved and accepted by them. Nailah is searching for someone she can identify with and to truly feel like part of a family.

Birthday March 2001 



Nate is an engaging conversationalist young man. He is outgoing, fun-loving, and mild-mannered, and he loves to make others laugh while maintaining a great poker face. He is quick to make friends and joke around. Nate is an early riser who likes to get his day started at about 5:30 or 6 a.m. His current routine involves hitting up the gym a couple times per week. While there, he likes to swim, walk, and lift weights, but he’s not a fan of the treadmill. Nate likes to show off what he can do. Gym time is a great way for him to be physically and emotionally fit. Nate really likes his video games, which he plays on his Nintendo DS and tablet. He says he likes all games. He also enjoys playing outside, roller skating, and watching TV and movies. In the warmer months, Nate likes to get to fairs and festivals to enjoy amusement rides. Nate is great with animals, particularly cats and dogs. Interacting with animals is a nice way for Nate to engage his nurturing side. He also has a fascination with sea life and loves watching and learning about sharks and dolphins.Nate1

Nate has a unique learning style and benefits from special instruction and IEP supports in school. He is very intelligent, which is apparent when talking with him. Nate enjoys school and has been making great progress this year. Nate often responds in conversation from a negative perspective, but he can be redirected easily. Nate has struggled with acting out physically toward himself and others in the past, but these behavioral issues have diminished significantly with consistent support and safe people in his life. He attends therapy, which will continue to be a support to him as he heals from past traumas.
Nate is used to a quiet home and would prefer a family that can provide a stable and calm environment and patience in developing a meaningful connection with him. He would enjoy having pets to care for. It may be best for Nate to be the youngest child in a family. Nate would like a parent or parents who will actively participate in community activities with him, and who will nurture him with quality time and consistent support.

Birthday: July 2001



Nicholas is a helpful and polite boy with endearing brown eyes. His favorite color is blue and his favorite food is pepperoni pizza. Nicholas likes to draw and play games that include Monopoly, Clue, Yahtzee, Chess, and Checkers. One of his all-time favorite movies is The Page Master, which is about a boy who likes adventure and uses his imagination, much like Nicholas himself.

Nicholas currently functions at a six-year-old level. He enjoys school, where he follows an IEP and has a strong desire to do well. He describes gym to be his favorite class because he likes playing sports, especially basketball. Nicholas enjoys singing, playing with toys, reading books, and putting together puzzles. Despite his favorite animal being a polar bear, Nicholas hopes one day to be able to experience working on a ranch, where he would get to feed and take care of horses. He also hopes to one day be able to go to Disney World in Florida so he can hold hands with Mickey and see all the people.Nicholas

Nicholas would benefit most from nurturing and patient parents who will be able to devote time and attention to him. Furthermore, he needs parents who will be understanding of his challenges, have realistic expectations of him, and be willing to participate in a transition plan that would include successful pre-placement visits. While he has been diligently working on turning his behavior around, Nicholas will require continued support around challenges that include: isolating himself from peers, struggling when he is unable to understand something, boundary awareness, and accepting "no."

Nicholas would like a family that he can spend his favorite holiday, Christmas, with. He would like a family who also shares some of his interests, which include: spending time outdoors, going to the lake and swimming (in the shallow end), playing in the sand, listening to country music, some Springsteen, and one of his current favorite hits, "One More Night." He is open to being part of a home with other children he could get to know better, as well as a home with pets that could include either a dog or cat. In his own words, "I am looking for love from a Mom and a Dad. I want someone to care for me. I would like to be adopted because I want to stay there and not move again."

Birthday: Sept. 1999

Photographer: Riverstone Photography 2015


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Patrick is diagnosed with mild mental retardation; however, he is on grade level in school and participates in regular education classes with special education assistance. Patrick likes school and wants to be a secret agent, police officer or deacon when he grows up. Above all, Patrick wants to be accepted and have a forever family and home.

Patrick says...

Hi, my name is Patrick. I'm 14 years old and I live in Milwaukee. In 10 years I want to be a CIA Agent. I’m working on getting there and right now I am working towards graduating high school. I really love school and for fun I like to play video games, go bowling and reading. I’m known for telling jokes to everyone. My sources of strength while in foster care are my dreams and aspirations. 

  • My favorite foods are tacos and burritos
  • My favorite color is blue
  • My favorite sport is basketball
  • My favorite character is Percy Jackson
  • If I could be an animal, I would choose to be a Panda

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Birthday: Jan. 2000
Photographer: Caitlin Staedler Photography


Ryan is a likable, funny, and hard-working boy. One of Ryan’s current aspirations is to obtain a part-time job, which he has been diligently practicing for with mock applications and interviews. His long-term career goal is to become a police officer or state trooper. Ryan also has a creative side. He enjoys pencil drawing and storytelling. Ryan likes to volunteer in ways that benefit others who are less fortunate, as well. For the most part, Ryan likes to be a homebody and enjoys relaxing at home. He likes to listen to music and has an interest in two-way radios, with hopes of building his own someday. Ryan also likes to read and enjoys learning about science. He is a big fan of the movie Ghostbusters. Ryan likes pets and animals, and going for walks outside. He recently took second place in a running competition. Ryan enjoys home-cooked meals, and is a proud supporter of both spinach and Brussels sprouts, though he doesn’t have a taste for broccoli. RYAN

Ryan struggles with some mental health challenges, but has made great progress in developing his coping tools to lessen behavioral episodes. Ryan takes an active role in identifying where he struggles, and practicing his coping skills. Over time, he has increasingly been able to express himself and ask for help when he is having a hard time, instead of acting out physically or verbally. Ryan does best, as he works through his emotions, when he has caregivers who provide positive, loving reinforcement. To cool down, it helps him to go for walks or listen to music.

Ryan does well in school and achieves good grades. He receives special education services and it is important for his caregivers to have proactive communication with school personnel about homework and behavior. Ryan gets along with his classmates.

Ryan’s forever family will need to be able to give him the attention, patience, and love that he needs. He would do well with siblings. A two-parent household or single male parent household would suit him best. Ryan is close with his birth parents and hopes to have continued contact with them, as well as his aunt. Staying in Wisconsin would help to facilitate those relationships.

Birthday: Feb. 2000 



Thai is an endearing young boy of Caucasian and Asian descent who is yearning to be part of a family who will provide love, stability and guidance. Thai is fun to be around and has a very sweet personality. He is quite the conversationalist and is rather engaging. Thai describes himself as helpful, intelligent, silly and respectful. Thai takes pride in his appearance and is doing well in school. He does not like to be bored and thrives when he has an element of physical activity in his day.

Thai enjoys animals immensely. A prior respite family of his had a hobby farm and caring for the animals provided Thai with a sense of satisfaction, helpfulness, and a way to expend energy in a positive way. His favorite television channel is Animal Planet and he can tell you a lot of exciting facts about animals. Thai learned to fish last year and he is proud to own two fishing poles of his own. He enjoys football, but has never played. Thai says that he likes to color, play cards and games, do word searches, and read. Thai likes to engage in purposeful, helpful and physical activities. He likes to play or help outdoors. Thai’s favorite treat is frozen yogurt.

ThaiHe is doing well with school and completing his homework as assigned. His interest in reading has increased, as well. Thai responds well to earning rewards for positive behavior. He is redirectable and takes correction from adults at home.

Thai needs adults in his life who are understanding and can thoughtfully respond to his needs. He needs a family who can exercise patience as he learns to accept and process the love of a family. He is in need of a family who can provide stability for him at last. A calm, consistent and structured environment would be best for Thai as he acclimates to family life. It is not a requirement for Thai to remain in Wisconsin, but he would like a family who will encourage his continued communication with his siblings. Thai hopes to become part of a family that has animals he can play with and care for. Thai looks forward to being part of a family who will nurture him, listen to him, and care about him forever.

Birthday: May 2003



Trayveion is a young man with excellent manners. He is a very caring and likable guy who enjoys playing with Lego’s, sports, and reading mystery chapter books. Trayveion is a very good reader and does well in school.

Trayveion is looking for a family of any type in or out-of-state to call a family of his own. However, it would be best if Trayveion is the youngest child in the household. He does talk about wanting a family and to be safe within a family environment, but does not fully understand the concept of what having a family means. Trayveion is in need of a home that will provide him with a high degree of structure. He can easily become frustrated, which can lead to physical aggression instead of talking about his feelings. Trayveion struggles with understanding family roles, as he has had a lack of long-term family relationships which has led to fear and trust issues.

Trayveion is a very bright kid with a lot of love to give if he can find the right family to help him work through some of his fears and concerns about a family setting. Trayveion very much enjoys one-on-one time with adults.

Traveion says...


In 10 years I want to be a karate expert. I’m working on getting there, and right now I’m still learning. I am known for how hard I try at everything I do and for my smile. For fun I like to play outside. I love dogs! If I had to pick a word to describe myself I would pick: typical kid. My goals are find a home and not move anymore.

  • My favorite food is hamburgers
  • My favorite color is blue
  • My favorite sport is soccer
  • My favorite movies are “Frozen” and any Christmas movies

If I could be an animal I would choose to be a dog, because dogs are really smart. My source of strength while in foster care is keeping calm.

Birthday: March 2002
Photographer: Jamie Klesmith of Della Vita Portrait Studio, LLC.