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Children & Parents Waiting for Adoption

The following children are waiting to be adopted by loving families. We encourage you to take a moment and learn more about our featured waiting children. For inquiries, please contact the adoption social worker at the bottom of each listing or call our offices at 616.451.2021.

Trevor

Introducing Trevor

Trevor is a bright and inquisitive young man. He is very creative and likes to build things with his Legos and Bionicles. Trevor really enjoys playing video games and would play them all the time if allowed. In addition, he likes to read and learn about history. Trevor notes, “If I could go anywhere on Earth I would like to see the pyramids or go on an African safari because I like history and animals.” When he grows up he would like to be a zoologist or a jockey. Trevor is not very picky when it comes to food but says, “I’ll eat anything, except for octopus or squid!”

A closer look…
Trevor is very proud of the progress he has made in terms of being able to effectively manage how he reacts to his daily stresses. He is working on developing appropriate social skills and being more respectful of others’ personal boundaries. Due to Trevor’s turbulent past, he can still have difficulty understanding personal space and appropriate social cues. At school, he does best in a smaller classroom environment with supervision and structure.

How you can help…
Trevor is in need of an experienced adoptive family who has knowledge of parenting children who have overcome a difficult past. Trevor notes, “I would like to have a dad to play catch with and go to see a horse race because I might want to be a jockey.” He adds, “I would also like to go to Disneyland or Disneyworld.” Trevor is open to the type of family he would like, as long as there is a strong male mentor. It would be in Trevor’s best interest if he was the youngest or only child in the home with no small pets. Trevor is open to families of a different race, sexual preference or religion as long as he is allowed to practice his own faith. The family must be active advocates for Trevor at home, in school and in the community to ensure he can reach his fullest potential. Additionally, the family must be willing to continue and seek out any support services that are beneficial to Trevor’s well being. Trevor is participating in a treatment program that he would like an adoptive family to take part in with him to help his transition into the adoptive home.

A little more about Trevor...
To see a video about Trevor, his interests, and what kind of family he would like, please watch this video.


For more information, please contact his adoption worker, Kristi Thompson at 616.774.4303 or to email her, click here.
 

Introducing Logan

Logan (age 16) is a teen that likes to stay active and enjoys sports, especially basketball. He likes to joke around with others and play video games. Logan reports, “If I could visit anywhere in the world I would like to go to Hawaii!” He adds, “If I had three wishes I would wish for a mansion, a Lamborghini and $400,000!” Logan’s favorite foods include macaroni & cheese, pizza, cheeseburgers and nachos. He reports, “When I grow up I would like to be a detective!”

A closer look…
Logan responds best to consistent and proactive role models in his life. He is doing his best to learn how better manage his emotions. Recently, Logan has shown great improvement maintaining his composure when experiencing daily stressors. At school, he benefits from structure and proactive staff members that will help him follow through with his goals.

How you can help…
Logan is excited to see the world and is very open to being adopted not only from Michigan but from any other state by a loving family. Logan needs an adoptive family that will be patient and have experience parenting teens with emotional needs. The family must show him that they care for him through feelings and actions as opposed to providing him with material things. Logan would benefit from a family that can provide him with a home environment that is structured and consistent.


For more information, please contact his adoption worker, Anna Surdam at 616.774.0199 or to email her, click here.
 

Introducing Alex

Alex, age 10, loves individual attention and very much wants a forever family.  He enjoys outdoor activities such as looking for wildlife and camping.  He also likes farm animals, the movie Frozen and stuffed animals.  Alex would like potential families to know, 'I'm not small, I'm fun size!'  Alex is a generous child who loves to give gifts to others.

A closer look.....
Alex will require an adoptive family who can provide him with a significant amount of attention.  He would do best as an only child, or in a family that does not have very many other children.  The adoptive parents will need to help Alex maintain contact with his sisters long term.  If you are interested in learning more about Alex, please contact Susan Saavedra at (616)774-1013 or ssaavedra@dabsj.org.

Introducing Daniel

Daniel (14)

Daniel is a friendly, kind-hearted and caring teen with multiple interests. For example, he quenches his creative thirst by reading, drawing, painting and watching movies, especially Disney films. He’s also a social, busy and active teen. He likes knowing what’s going on around him and with other people. He also enjoys the outdoors, likes being around animals, especially cats and dogs, and ideally would like to live on a farm. Daniel can be serious and humorous. He likes to be organized and neat, labels his items and enjoys cleaning. He also has a good sense of humor and likes to laugh and joke around. As one might expect from a child with all those traits, Daniel gets along well with his peers and is polite and respectful.

Daniel has experienced a great deal of disappointment and loss in his life. He likes to feel in charge of things and benefits from redirection to reinforce those things that aren’t always controllable. Daniel has made progress in his ability to express his emotions through appropriate outlets. At school, Daniel says it takes him longer to understand the material, especially math, but he does well, works hard and enjoys reading and science.

Daniel will need a loving, caring, patient and dedicated forever family. He would benefit from either a two-parent or strong single-parent family who can provide him with a consistent, safe and stable home. Daniel wants a family who likes to have fun and would keep him safe, encourage and support him and teach him right from wrong. Daniel should be the youngest child in the home. The adoptive family will need to monitor Daniel around other children and continue to help him develop appropriate boundaries. The family must be willing to continue and seek out any additional support services that are beneficial to his well-being. Daniel wants to maintain regular contact with his older sister.

 

Introducing Angelina

Angelina (15)

Angelina has the kind of skills that will make her successful. First of all, she describes herself as being a good listener and that her peers often come to her to share their problems and seek advice. Angelina is very insightful about what she needs and wants. She is inquisitive, loves to read and wants to learn more about gardening. Angelina describes herself as “energetic, caring and laid back” with a good sense of humor and a love of laughter. Initially she can be shy, but once she gets to know a person and feels comfortable, she is very open. Some of Angelina’s other joys come from drawing, painting, writing, listening to music and being around animals.

Due to her past, Angelina can have a hard time letting her guard down and allowing people to get to know her. Angelina reported that she “loves everyone,” but there are different levels of love and she has a hard time trusting people. She can be critical of herself, but overall she is very insightful and recognizes areas she needs to improve upon. Angelina does have the tendency to misdirect her frustrations at times and continues to get help to improve in this area. She can have a hard time remembering everything she is told, but she is not afraid to ask for help and redirection. At school, Angelina has good grades and is doing well in class.