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

A

A2A was born in October of 1997. She is a funny, creative, caring, resilient, insightful and goal orientated young lady. Her smile lights up a room. A has aspirations to become a hair stylist and currently enjoys styling her own hair and other people’s hair for fun. A is on target academically and does well in school. She plans to attend college following graduation.

A does have some struggles; she is diagnosed with sickle cell anemia and sometimes struggles controlling her anger and behaviors due to her past traumas. She requires a forever family who will be enduring through this struggle and stand by her. A will benefit greatly from a patient and supportive forever family who will not give up on her and will assist her to secure the bright future she deserves.

A says...

Hi, my name is A and I'm 17 years old and I live in Milwaukee. In 10 years I want to be a judge and own a hair shop. I’m working on getting there, and right now I’m struggling. My goals are to graduate H.S., attend college, leave Milwaukee and feed the poor. I am known for being goofy, being loud, dancing, hair styles and dressing pretty. For fun I like to do hair, be goofy and dance.

A3If I could be an animal I would choose to be a polar bear because they are big and pretty. If I had to describe myself with one word I’d choose: “Survivor.” I am my own source of strength while in foster care. One thing I want the world to know about me is my life story.

  • My favorite food is chitlins and Ramen Noodles
  • My favorite color is pink
  • My favorite sport is basketball
  • My favorite books are “The lost Boy” and “A Child called it.”
  • My favorite cartoon and/or characters are Tinkerbell, Pooh Bear, Mickey Mouse and myself!
  • I love my boyfriend and myself

Birthday: October 1997

Photographer: Aryn Amber Photography

Trayveion

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. 


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

Alana and Sanai

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Alana was born in August of 2006. She has a sweet smile and disposition. She is compassionate, helpful and silly. Alana enjoys washing dishes, doesn’t give up easily and wants to do well. Alana likes playing with dolls and playing dress up. She also enjoys spending time with her sister and caregiver. Alana is delayed cognitively and behind academically, but is capable of doing more than people think she is. She receives special education services in school. Alana needs a patient and loving family that are committed to her.

Sanai was born in December of 2007. She is a happy, energetic and inquisitive child. She enjoys cleaning (except in her room) and seeks approval from caregivers. Sanai’s behaviors are the most stabilized when she is in a structured environment. Sanai enjoys spending time with her sister, reading, playing with dolls, watching movies and playing video games. She also likes to watch her caregiver cook and asks a lot of questions about cooking. Sanai is academically on track and does well in school. Sanai needs a loving family that is committed to her and willing to provide the structure she needs.

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Sanai says...

Hi, my name is Sanai. I'm 7 years old and I live in Milwaukee. In 10 years I want to be a teacher. I’m working on getting there, and right now I’m six. For fun I like to ride a bike. I’m known for french braiding hair. My source of strength while in foster care is my sister.

My favorite foods are pepperoni sausage pizza and strawberry pie
My favorite colors are Pink and Purple.
My favorite sport is Swimming.
My favorite cartoons are Frozen, Jessie (Disney), Brave and Tangled.
If I could be an animal, I would choose to be a dog, because they are fun.
I love dolls.

Alana says...

IMG_7378Hi, my name is Alana. I'm 8 years old and I live in Milwaukee. In 10 years I want to be a singer. For fun I like to play with friends. I’m known for singing. My source of strength while in foster care is my sister.

My favorite foods are pepperoni sausage pizza, pancakes and candy
My favorite colors are Orange and Red.
My favorite sport is Basketball.
My favorite cartoon is Frozen.
If I could be an animal, I would choose to be a cat, because I love them.
I love to sing.

Birthday: Alana, August 2006- Sanai, December 2007

Photographer Caitlin Steadler Photography

 

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Patrick

Patrick is a sweet and active boy. Born in January, 2000, he enjoys playing video games and chess, reading (especially science fiction), making art projects, drumming, playing violin in his school orchestra, and playing basketball. Patrick values regular contact with his brother, who lives with an adoptive family in Milwaukee. 

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: January 2000
Photographer: Caitlin Staedler Photography

EJ (Edward)

Edward EJEdward (EJ) is a 12-year-old African American boy with a welcoming smile that warms everyone's heart. EJ has a warm, caring and endearing personality that allows those around him to become attached rather quickly.

EJ would love to get know a family over his favorite snacks, pizza and ice cream. He enjoys playing basketball, kickball and baseball. Though his absolute favorite activity is playing board games, and he will sit for hours with anybody willing to play his favorite game - “Trouble.”

EJ becomes anxious in new environments, but he has made tremendous progress and is now attending day school. He is passing his classes and enjoys going to school. School is important to EJ and he dreams about becoming a police officer when he gets older. EJ stutters and needs someone with patience and who is willing to help him become more confident with his speech.

EJ is looking for a family who will allow him to continue contact with a former foster parent who has adopted his sibling, as well as his biological father. He is looking for a family to love and care for him like one of their own. EJ loves dogs and would love a family with a pet and perhaps an older sibling. EJ still has a ways to go, but would be a great addition to anyone's family with the right dynamics and loving environment.

EJ says...

Hi, my name is EJ and I'm 12 years old and I live in Milwaukee. In 10 years I want to be a race car driver. I’m working on getting there. My goals are to have good behaviors, do well at home and school. I am known for being good at basketball. For fun I like to play video games and sports. If I could be an animal I would choose to be a cheetah because they are fast. If I had to describe myself with one word I’d choose: “fun.” I want the world to know that I’m fun and nice.

  • My favorite food is pizza, smoothies strawberry bananas
  • My favorite color is blue
  • My favorite sport is basketball
  • My favorite characters are super heroes
  • I love those who take care of me (foster parents) and dad

Birthday: May 2002

Photographer: WojoImage Photography

Makayla

Makayla is an outgoing child who loves to sing and play soccer. She is a very loving child with a great personality. She is very creative; likes to draw, color, paint, and make beaded jewelry. Makayla has a great sense of humor and a great smile. She loves her big brother and it is important they maintain their sibling bond.

Makayla would like a family that is fun, takes care of her and loves her forever.

Makayla says...

Hi, my name is Makayla. I'm 11 years old and I live in Port Washington. In 10 years I want to be a dancer or a singer. I’m working on getting there, and right now I’m practicing my singing. For fun I like to sing and dance. I’m known for singing, hugs and love. My source of strength while in foster care is being happy.

My favorite foods are tacos and pizza
My favorite color is purple.
My favorite sport is football.
My favorite cartoon are Dennis the Menace and Charlie and the Chocolate factory.
If I could be an animal, I would choose to be a dolphin, because I love them.
I love my mom, my brother and singing.

Birthday: July 2003

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Photographer: Caitlin Staedler Photography

India

India1India is a friendly and polite young lady who loves music, fashion and social media. She is the typical teenage girl who loves to spend time with her friends. India is currently on track in school, however she would benefit of constant support to thrive academically. India is in band and plays clarinet. She likes the Twilight series, dancing and the arts.

India would thrive at a home where she can get consistent positive reinforcement and praise. She would prefer to stay in Wisconsin where she would like to maintain contact with her siblings.

Birthday: January 2012

Photographer: Aryn Amber Photography

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Jamal

JamalJamal is a seven-year-old who loves to explore and learn new things. He is always up for a game of basketball, being active outdoors or watching some cartoons. Jamal has adventurous tastes and likes to try a variety of foods. He tends to get along well with his peers and enjoys playing sports with friends.

Like most children, Jamal can struggle at times to understand why things may not go his way. He can be more agreeable once he feels like he is able to express himself and when he feels as though his perspective is being heard. Jamal has an IEP in school to address a speech delay and he has made tremendous progress over the past year. Jamal does best with his homework when a parent works one-on-one with him while he completes it.

Jamal needs a family who can help him to stay on track by providing structure and firm but loving methods of support to him as he learns, heals and grows. He would do best in a home with older siblings. Jamal has a hard time coping with not having a stable home and is looking forward to finding and settling in with his forever family. Jamal cares for his mother deeply and it will be important that Jamal’s forever family not only consider, but also help him maintain, some form of continued contact with his biological mother. At this time, only home studies of families in Wisconsin will be considered.

Jamal enjoys sports that include soccer and basketball. He really enjoys Chucky Cheese and playing with peers. He loves everything that is Spiderman and enjoys cartoons.

Birthday: October 2007

Jestice

Jestice1Jestice 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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K

K1K 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 strength while in foster care. One K2thing 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: August 1999

Photographer: Aryn Amber Photography

Kendell

Kendell1Kendell 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: December 2004

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Princess

Princess1Princess was born in May 2003. She is a sweet child with a great personality. Princess loves going to school and being with friends. Princess is an avid reader and often considers it one of her strengths. Princess enjoys activities such as painting nails, doing art, playing with dolls and stuffed animals, and playing electronic games. Princess considers herself very fashionable and hopes to have a job with the fashion industry. Princess also likes animals and is considering a job as a veterinarian. Princess is really great at explaining what she needs or wants and why. Princess is a very passionate and loving child. Princess has the characteristics of a great leader. Princess would like a family that is always there for her and loves her a lot.

Princess says...

Hi, my name is Princess and I'm 11 years old and I live in Milwaukee. In 10 years I want to be a model and veterinarian. I’m working on getting there, and right now I’m in 5th grade at school. My goals are to go to college and get a degree, be a veterinarian and to try my best to reach my best math expectation and to be good with fashion. I am known for being good at reading and having a good choice in fashion.

Princess2For fun I like to sing, dance and read. If I could be an animal I would choose to be a wolf because their fur is soft, they are very pretty, they hunt in groups and stick together no matter what. If I had to describe myself with one word I’d choose: “fabulous.” Reading is my source of strength while in foster care. One thing I want the world to know about me is that I’m fashionable and cute.

  • My favorite food is shrimp
  • My favorite color is baby blue, pink and purple
  • My favorite sports are basketball, football, cheerleading and gymnastics
  • My favorite book is "Breaking Dawn Part One"
  • My favorite movie is "Despicable Me Two"
  • I love fashion

Birthday: May 2003

Photographer: Corlette Photography
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Photographer: Corlette Photography

Sahiina

Sahiina1Sahiina is a creative six-year-old girl inspired by the arts. With her vivid imagination, Sahiina is able to bring her drawings to life. Other creative ways she likes to express herself include dancing and singing. Others say she is a funny, loving and active child. Sahiina proudly describes herself as “quirky.” She enjoys a variety of foods, but she declares her favorite to be chicken nuggets. Sahiina dreams of becoming a nurse when she grows up.

Due to unpredictability that Sahiina has experienced in the past, sometimes she struggles to relate to adults in her life. At her best, Sahiina is a calm child and shows behavior of a typical six-year-old. With her sweet personality, Sahiina likes to show her enthusiasm by helping others. To support Sahiina in putting her best foot forward, caregivers have found that providing a lot of attention and activities that challenge her are what she needs. Sahiina has made great strides throughout the school year. Although Sahiina has improved in school, she struggles a bit with social interactions with other children her age. With the help of caregivers who provide continuous interaction, Sahiina is expected to catch up with her peers.

Sahiina2A family with creative energy would be a great fit for Sahiina, and offer activities that can be enjoyed together. Due to Sahiina needing a lot of attention to thrive, she would most likely be best served by being the youngest or only child of the family. Sahiina would like to have playmates, and interactions with other children in her family life could help to nurture her socially. The ability to build in one-on-one time with her parent(s) will help her to grow, overcome and succeed. It would be preferable for Sahiina to stay in Wisconsin due to connections she has with her siblings. Sahiina hopes to find a family who loves her but also whose creative minds broaden her horizons.

Birthday: June 2008

Photographer: WojoImage Photography

Sunshine

Sunshine1Sunshine was born in March 2007. She generally has a sweet disposition. She is very intelligent, caring and witty. She enjoys going out to eat, playing games (a favorite is UNO), coloring, putting Legos together and exploring the local library. Sunshine really enjoys reading. Sunshine is on target academically, but has some struggles in the classroom to control her behavior and anger. She has an IEP in school to address these issues and attends therapy weekly. Sunshine’s behaviors are related to her past traumas. She will benefit greatly from a forever family who will be consistent, loving, patient, kind and structured while she works through these issues.

Sunshine says...

Sunshine2Hi, my name is Sunshine and I'm 7 years old and I live in Milwaukee. In 10 years I want to be a babysitter. I’m working on getting there, and right now I’m a scholar. My goals are to go to listen to teachers, and be a good scholar who knows how to act. I am known for wearing glasses.. For fun I like to play Lego friends. If I could be an animal I would choose to be an elephant because they like to play water fights with their kids. If I had to describe myself with one word I’d choose: “love.” My friends and my placement are my source of strength while in foster care. One thing I want the world to know about me is that I’m a cool person.

  • My favorite food is noodles
  • My favorite colors are everything in the rainbow except black
  • My favorite book is “If you give a mouse a phone”
  • My favorite TV shows are "Sponge Bob," Cartoon Network, Netflix, "Chocolate Factory" and "Walley Zoo"
  • I love having fun at recess

Birthday: March 2007

Photographer: Corlette Photography

Thai

Thai1Thai 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.

Thai2He 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