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: Antonio
Antonio is well-mannered and friendly! Upon meeting him, you might notice how polite he is – shaking hands and frequently responding to questions with "yes, ma'am" and "no, ma'am." Antonio enjoys one-on-one attention from his caregivers. He also likes to help out at home, with chores like vacuuming, feeding the fish, and taking out the garbage. Antonio’s favorite pastimes are going on outings, painting, watching TV, shooting hoops, and playing video games on his DS.
Music is important to Antonio and he has some musical aptitude! Adults have noticed he seems to have a gift for playing by ear, so Antonio has just started taking piano lessons. He also likes singing along with the radio, is great at remembering lyrics, and he is a big fan of karaoke.
Antonio recently began a new school program that is proving to be a great fit! In general, Antonio does much better in a calm environment that is relatively quiet and not overly stimulating. His new school program supports this. Currently in 4th grade, Antonio likes math, reading and writing. In addition to the more controlled environment, Antonio has an IEP that targets some challenges with verbalizing his ideas and feelings, and processing information. He will need a family who is ready to be an active academic advocate!
A family who can maintain a relaxed, laid-back environment, and provide Antonio with calming strategies when he feels upset, would be ideal. One way to help Antonio is to provide with him lots of one-on-one time; this tends to help calm him when he feels anxiety and overstimulation.
Antonio says that he would love to have a TV, a treasure box to keep his stuff, and his own bedroom. His feelings about whether he wants siblings tend to change. Antonio would do well in a two-parent home, or with a single parent with strong parenting skills and a good support network. It will be important for Antonio’s family to honor and maintain his connection with his brother.
To learn more about Antonio, watch his video clip.
Browse photos and descriptions of other kids still waiting for families:
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, Next Step Archery, 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 130 children.