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: Alex
Jaelyn is a bright, beautiful preteen and an interesting conversationalist. She is "well-versed" on a variety of topics, including current affairs, politics, and the Bible. She also has a lovely voice and enjoys singing at church. Dancing, swimming, and playing outside are also favorite activities of this energetic 11-year-old. She’s also a fan of board and video games.
Jaelyn has friends at school and enjoys group interactions. She likes school and is doing well academically. Math can be a bit of a struggle, but she loves to read and has won an award for most improved reader!
To learn more about Jaelyn, watch her video clip.
Although Jaelyn has had some behavioral issues at school, her foster parents, social worker, and school staff have come together to help her. Her foster mom says Jaelyn’s behavior greatly improvement once a clear set of expectations were laid out, and she was given a daily behavioral sheet to track her progress. Jaelyn likes the idea of being able to earn rewards for improving her behavior, and using the sheet to track her own progress has provided a great source of motivation for her to do well.
While Jaelyn has also had some behavioral issues at home, her foster mom feels that she and Jaelyn are moving forward together. Journaling has become an important way for Jaelyn to process her feelings and thoughts when she’s upset or frustrated. Counseling is also helping Jaelyn make improvements.
Jaelyn’s social worker believes that a single-mom family, where Jaelyn can be an only child, will be the best fit.
Having a parent who especially values education would be very beneficial for this bright young lady. Jaelyn has an older brother with whom she enjoys visiting; it would be wonderful if her adoptive family would help her maintain this important connection.
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.