A Family for Me
Across Washington state, more than 1,600 kids live in foster care while they wait for permanent families. They are legally free for adoption, and they need families to love them forever. WACAP’s nationally recognized project, A Family for Me, introduces you to kids who need what every kid should have: a family like yours.
In cooperation with Yuen Lui Photography Studios and a partnership with KING 5 Television in Seattle, A Family for Me produces a TV segment, which airs weekly during the morning news. Hosted by Joyce Taylor, the segment profiles adoptable kids from around the Puget Sound region. As kids are introduced each week, we'll add their profiles and videos to this page. You might want to bookmark it now and return later to learn more about these great kids.
In addition to kids featured on A Family for Me, WACAP's US Kids staff have information on hundreds of other children in the United States who need homes.
This Week's Featured Child: Dustin
Dustin is an adorable boy with a great smile. He’s a fun and friendly kid who enjoys spending time with people and is easy to engage in conversation. Dustin has lots of personality and enthusiasm. His number one passion is sports, especially football. He loves the Seahawks and knows a lot about many of the players. He also enjoys lacrosse and soccer. Most all outdoor activities are great for Dustin, as he is a high-energy guy!
A child with lots of imagination, Dustin tells great stories and often weaves his love of sports into his creative process. He also enjoys reading and is a big Star Wars fan.
Dustin lives in a therapeutic residence for children. He has been through a lot and he receives lots of support and counseling to help him with his feelings and challenges. Currently in the 5th grade, Dustin is attending school on the campus of his group home. Math is his favorite subject and he is increasingly proud of his performance at school. His success has greatly boosted his self-confidence!
Parents with experience and skills that come from teaching, counseling, fostering, and/or providing child care for children with behavioral challenges would be the best fit for Dustin. Being supported by a family that is able to role model healthy relationships will be essential for him. Being an only child or the youngest of much older siblings, who can also be healthy role models, would be ideal. Dustin will need parenting that includes patience, good humor, clear and firm expectations and constancy.
To learn more about Dustin, watch his video clip.
Browse photos and descriptions of other kids still waiting for families:
A bright and talented artist, Andre is a sweet and endearing 12-year-old. He's already filled several journals with his sketches and he loves to use his creativity to design and build Lego structures. Very interested in space, Andre is a big fan of Star Wars and space-themed video games.
Jermaine is a thoughtful young man who enjoys both science and basketball! He loves outdoor activities and outings. Among his favorite pastimes are riding his bike, playing sports, watching TV and playing video games. Jermaine is passionate about participating in the cultural traditions of his Native heritage.
Daniel loves electronics! One of his all-time favorite outings is going to Fred Meyer and hanging out in the Electronics Department, which gives him a chance to explore! He quickly figures things out and displays a natural brilliance with technology. Daniel’s case manager describes him enthusiastically as an “amazing, amazing little boy!”
Lee is a cutie who loves pretty frilly things and likes to look nice. A “girly girl,” she especially loves to accessorize her outfits with ribbons, barrettes and scarves. Always wearing a smile, Lee is friendly and gets along well with her peers. She loves to sing and dance to Hannah Montana, Selena Gomez and her personal favorite, Justin Bieber.
Miracles Do Happen!
Featured kids: Aeirieck, Ahmaiya, Alex, Angelique, Ashton, Ben, Caleb, Chase, Christopher, Cody, Courtney, David, Eythan, Frank, George, Heather, Isaiah, Iyanla, Jaleo, Jason, Jeremiah, Jerimiah, Jocelyn, Joey, Johnny, Jonathan, Joseph, Kaleb, Katelynn, Katie, Kayla, Kenna, Krista, Leandra, Lorenzo, Malachi, Master, Matthew, Maya, Miguel, Mikah, Mathew, Najwa, Naomi, Nehemiah, Rebecca, Samara, Sarina, Sebastian, Shauwen, Tarvares, Terry, The'Ellis, Tia, Tony, Tor'Yana, Travelle, Trenton and Tylea have joined their adoptive families. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone! In all, more than 50 percent of the kids featured on A Family for Me have found adoptive homes.
Professional photography services for featured children are generously donated by Yuen Lui Studios. We would also like to acknowledge videography and editing services provided by Helen Green, Rich Green, Nathaniel Jackson and Eric Vaughn.
WACAP would like to thank the following organizations for recent donations and use of their locations: Cornerstone Studio, Edgeworks Climbing, Evergreen Speedway, FabLab Tacoma, Game On!, Island Lake (CRISTA camp), King's Books, LeMay - American's Car Museum, Mary Bridge Children's Health Center, Museum and History and Industry, PAWS of Lynnwood, Pierce County Transit, Ryther, the Seattle Seahawks, Silvana's Dessert Academy, Spun Clay Arts Studio & Gallery, Tacoma Metal Arts Center, Teaching Books and Toys, Tinkertopia, Trampoline Nation, USS Turner Joy, Whirleyball Seattle, The Whole Horse Place and Yuen Lui Studios. Many more wonderful businesses and organizations have provided their venues since we began our A Family for Me program, allowing us to create videos for over 120 children.