Seven-year-old Hiro is a sweet and helpful little boy whose caregivers describe him as having a “sunny personality.”
He came into care when he was just one day old, and has lived in his care center in China since he was a baby.
Hiro loves his friends, and has many interests and talents. He likes playing with remote control cars and Legos, loves working on art projects and also enjoys sports like soccer and rock climbing. He is confident and curious, imaginative and expressive. He likes to read and play games with his friends, and loves to help others.
Hiro has congenital heart disease and will need a family with the resources to meet his medical needs. Mostly, though, he just needs a loving, permanent family to support him as he pursues his interests and explores the world around him.
When Brett and Noelle Hersom adopt a 9-year-old with a history of abuse and neglect, they soon realize that given the right combination of love, commitment, patience and flexibility, every child has the potential to heal.
At one point in her first year home, 9-year-old Vienna threw a tantrum so severe, so next level, that her mom, Noelle, made a decision that few parents would make. She didn’t walk away, like she wanted to. She didn’t leave the room and let Vienna work through it. She knew this would be a long one, and she wasn’t about to leave her daughter’s side. So she got a book, and settled in.
Meet Darren! He loves to play with toy cars and explore outside. People also describe him as funny, affectionate, compassionate and a helper around the house! Darren is 9 years old, and he’s one of the children waiting for a permanent, loving family.
As you begin your adoption journey, one small step beyond your comfort zone may be all that stands between you and your future child. But openness in adoption looks different for every family.
So, you want to adopt! After months, or maybe years, of deliberation and prayers, you’re ready to move forward. Maybe you’re still at the very beginning of your journey, researching agencies and reading every adoption blog post you can find on the internet. Or maybe you already have an agency and are eagerly awaiting the next step. Either way, your life is about to change forever.
Dawson is an active and easygoing teenager who enjoys playing sports, singing and reading. His friendly and kind personality is apparent to those around him. He just turned 15 years old, but he will become ineligible for adoption by next October. Dawson hopes to have a loving, permanent family of his own, and it’s urgent that we find the right family for him!
How the “Child-Specific Preparation” tool helped two families anticipate their child’s needs, and ease their transition home.
A 2-year-old girl from Thailand, and a 13-year-old girl from China. Over a thousand miles and a 10-year age difference separated them. But in the last year, both of their lives would change forever in the very same way. Each would leave the life they had known and the country of their birth to join an adoptive family in the United States. And though their caregivers had prepared each girl as much as possible, when the day actually arrived for them to leave — reality sank in. And with it came confusion, fear and sadness. Continue reading “Preparing For The Unexpected — And The Expected!”
Thirteen-year-old Daniella has a big heart, and she loves reading, putting together puzzles and telling stories. Because of her age, she will soon age out of adoption eligibility. It’s urgent that we find a permanent, loving family for her! Continue reading “Daniella Urgently Needs a Family!”
Meet Maurice! He’s a 12-year-old extroverted boy who loves to do anything involving art, dance and science. Even though he enjoys running and jumping around, he’s described as gentle, calm and affectionate. Maurice needs a permanent family who will give him the love and support he needs to thrive.
Isabelle is full of joy, laughter and kindness! The 13-year-old loves to talk, and she always has a smile on her face. Isabelle will soon age out of eligibility to be adopted and hopes to join a loving family of her own.
Edison loves to play games, tell jokes and ride his bike! He always has a smile on his face and he has a creative imagination when he plays. At 7 years old, he’s one of the children waiting for a permanent, loving family.