Advocate & Pray: David

DavidDavid is a six-year-old boy who is in Virginia, waiting for his forever family. According to his profile, David loves to play but is also willing to be patient, and he is described as energetic and curious. You can tell from his picture that he is working hard in his kindergarten class! Join me in praying for a family who will give David the structure and encouragement that he needs.

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Jairo David likes to be called by his middle name, David. David is an energetic and curious six year old boy who loves to play outside. He also enjoys riding his bike and playing with Legos. He is friendly, empathetic, sweet, and likeable. David is also intelligent, persistent, and patient. When he knows what he wants, he will work until he gets it.

David enjoys adult attention and being with others. David responds well to positive encouragement and is eager to receive praise. He does best with structure and clearly defined expectations. He is capable of many self-care activities such as washing, dressing, oral care, and toileting. His first language is Spanish, though he is fluent in English. He is currently in Kindergarten.

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Advocate & Pray: Keyona

KeyonaKeyona’s profile is filled with details about this energetic eight-year-old. Although Keyona has Type 1 diabetes, she doesn’t let that slow her down. She’s a competitive athlete and an avid crafter, and according to her profile, she needs lots of individual attention. Pray for a patient and energetic family to adopt Keyona!

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Keyona is a loyal friend, and considers herself the leader in the group of her friends at school. Her desire to be a leader and her very specific likes and dislikes can occasionally put her at odds with her friends, and social expectations at school. She is very expressive with her likes/dislikes and is very comfortable sharing her opinions with peers and adults through words, facial expressions, and behaviors. She would benefit from parents who can introduce her to various social situations, broadening her palate, modeling appropriate interactions, and allowing her to explore some of the various possibilities of social relationships.

Keyona has a creative side. She has taught her worker how to sew a Bandaloom and has cooperatively crafted paper airplanes. She is planning advance Bandaloom projects this summer to challenge herself beyond bracelets and necklaces. She regularly engages in age appropriate boundary stretching, and is, more often than not, receptive to verbal redirection. She has strong emotions that leave her either extremely happy or angry depending on her mood.

Keyona has been waiting to find her adoptive family. She needs an adoptive parent who is energetic, passionate patient, enthusiastic and ready to tackle the ups and downs and growing paints of beginning a new life together. Adopting Keyona will come with challenges and adventures. It will also strengthen the family who is willing to provide this little girl with all that she deserves – and hopefully more!

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Advocate & Pray: Darius

DariusDarius is four years old. He is in Illinois, waiting for a local family to adopt him. His profile says that he is playful but sometimes struggles with behavioral problems. Darius is also looking for a family who will help him continue to visit with his siblings, as they will be cared for separately.

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Darius is a playful child and enjoys being goofy at times. He enjoys dance and music and you will also find him engaging in sports and playing with his blocks and ninja turtles. Darius is an independent little guy and cares for his basic needs. He can be very affectionate and often seeks out attention.

You can provide a stable and loving family structure that allows Darius to thrive. He will benefit from a home that has experience working with children that display behavioral problems and can provide an environment with patience, structure, routine and consistency. It is very important that the family allows for Darius to continue visits with his siblings as they share a close bond.

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Advocate & Pray: Charlesetta

charlieCharlesetta, or Charlie as she prefers to be called, is a social and active twelve-year-old.  She loves singing in church and is looking for a family who will help her learn to control her emotions and work through any problems she has.  Pray that she finds a family who will continue to take her to church and support her as she works through her emotions!

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Funny, hyper, silly, and sassy are how Charlesetta describes herself. Charlie likes to joke and is very social. Miley Cyrus is her favorite musician and she loves to listen to music on her MP3 player. Charlie loves to sing and dance. Volleyball is her favorite sport and she says that she is always ready to try new things. Pizza or pizza rolls, spaghetti and meatballs, and peanut butter and banana sandwiches are her favorite foods. Cauliflower and mushrooms are NOT her favorites! Someday Charlie would like to visit Holiday World and Disney World. Puppies and kittens bring a beautiful smile to little Charlie’s face. Church is something Charlie enjoys, especially if she can sing! Her greatest hope is that a family will love her and help her learn to not feel angry.

Charlie’s final words to her future adoptive family are that she hopes that they will love her and talk her through any problems she might have in life. Charlie will do best in a family who has lots of energy, patience, and unconditional love! Charlie will bring a smile and excitement to a family. If that family is yours, please don’t hesitate!

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Advocate & Pray: Roberto

RobertoAnother TIO volunteer recently brought it to my attention that March is Trisomy Awareness Month, and she asked if the next featured child could be one who has trisomy (which includes several kinds of disorders that stem from the presence of an extra chromosome, including Down Syndrome).  So I selected today’s featured child, Roberto, because this sweet boy has Down Syndrome as well as autism.  Although nine-year-old Roberto is non-verbal, he is learning sign language and loves to interact with others.  Pray with me that Roberto and the many other children with Down Syndrome and other trisomy disorders will find loving families to care for them!

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Roberto is a very sweet, affectionate, and fun-loving youth. He enjoys playing with cars, balls, blocks, and computer games. He also loves the outdoors and likes to swim. Roberto helps his foster father work on their property. He spends time playing with cars and trucks and also likes the cows and wants to see them often. Roberto is diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is fed primarily with a G-tube and is non-verbal. Roberto receives educational services in school to meet his educational needs. He continues to do well in school and the school assists him to accomplish goals. His teacher reports that he does well in the classroom setting, but will sometimes become frustrated. Roberto is known to be a smart youth who is very determined. He is learning sign language and is improving in communicating with his caregivers and friends. Roberto understands much of what is being said and what is going on around him. He is able to form bonds and is very sociable.

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Advocate & Pray: Grace

GraceGrace is a 9-year-old girl waiting for her family in North Carolina.  Her profile describes her as bubbly and expressive and says that she loves dogs and karaoke.  Grace is looking for a family who will take her to church and support her faith as she processes the trauma she has been through.

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Grace is a warm, affectionate, and joyful child. At the same time, she struggles with the losses in her life and needs a family who can be patient and process her grief and the resulting challenges with her. A family who understands the effect trauma has on children would be an asset in Grace’s life. She would benefit from a family who nurtures her creative talents and uses praise and encouragement rather than punishment. Grace would do best in a family where there are no older male children in the home. Grace has expressed an interest in being adopted by an African American family who attends church, as her faith is a sense of support and comfort to her.

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Advocate & Pray: J’mya

J'myaJ’mya has had some major health struggles in her short life so far, including leukemia and sickle cell disease.  At eight years old, J’mya is energetic and fun-loving, and is working with a counselor to develop coping strategies for her various medical treatments.  She needs a family to help her through all her health issues.

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J’mya is a sweet little girl with a charismatic personality. She is energetic and vivacious. She is described as having a rambunctious personality and will let you know what she needs. J’mya enjoys the simple things in life like coloring and playing outside. She has a great personality and those around her enjoy how bright and alert she is.

J’mya has a fighter’s personality and has been able to deal with things in such a positive and endearing fashion. She is diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Anemia (Leukemia), Dermatitis, and Sickle Cell Disease. J’mya has been a trooper throughout her treatment process and always has a positive outlook while in treatment.

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Advocate & Pray: Jocelynn

JocelynnThis newborn caught my eye because of her special medical needs–Jocelynn was born without eyes because of a rare genetic disorder.  According to her profile, Jocelynn’s diagnosis is so rare that all its effects are not yet known, so this precious baby is in need of a family “who is not afraid of the unknown.”  Jocelynn is an affectionate, mild-mannered infant despite her disorder.  Pray with me that she will find a family that will fit well with her developmental needs and her sweet personality.

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Jocelynn does not have any concerns for emotional or behavioral functioning at this time. She behaves like a normal infant. Jocelynn shows appropriate attachments to people. She smiles and babbles to people who she knows and likes. She can tolerate being held by new people for short periods before she wants to be held by someone familiar. She is also able to play on her own in her bouncy reclining chair that sits in her “pack’n play” with toys around her.

Jocelynn has high medical needs due to an extremely rare genetic disorder. Jocelynn was born without eyes, but she has prosthetics in place to help hold the form of her face as she grows. She receives her formula with assistance so that it can be digested safely. Jocelynn is expected to be developmentally delayed in many significant areas, although her prognosis at this point in time is truly unknown. Because her genetic malfunction is so rare, doctors do not yet know what effect is to be had.

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Advocate & Pray: Gabe

GabeGabe’s unique story caught my eye this week.  This fifteen-year-old boy is a member of the Tlingit tribe in Alaska.  According to his profile, Gabe has been through a lot of struggles, including childhood trauma, high-functioning autism, aggressiveness, and impulsive behavior, but through counseling and therapy, he has made great progress both behaviorally and emotionally.  He has three younger birth siblings who have already been adopted with whom he wants to stay in touch when he is adopted himself.

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Gabe is an articulate, bright young man who earned all A’s on his final report card last spring. Now in tenth grade, Gabe is expected to continue to be a successful student. In a recent interview with his social worker, he talked about some of his interests. He told her, “I love to read and I am good at reading. I like history, math, and science. In society, my strengths are finding new friends even though I am shy at first.” Gabe also talked about discovering how much he enjoys singing once he started attending church with staff and residents of his current group home. Gabe wants to be adopted by a Christian family with whom he can continue his church participation of worship and singing.

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Video: The Wahl Family Adoption

This past summer, our church did an experiment with an adult VBS program. I was helping with the kids program, so I didn’t see most of the videos shown. However, the week before VBS, we previewed one of the adult lessons. It just so happened that the one we watched featured an incredible story about a family who had adopted several children. As I was trying to come up with an idea for this post, I thought of trying to find and share that story. Unfortunately, I haven’t found it yet, (I’ll let you know if I do.) but I did find this story from Focus on the Family. 

 

P.S. Not quite sure what a CASA is? The initials stand for Court Appointed Special Advocate, also known as a Guardian Ad Litem. You can read more about it here.