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: Kyrie
Kyrie is bright, imaginative, and inquisitive! She enjoys reading and learning and is very talkative. A true explorer, Kyrie also likes to go on hikes, look at flowers and birds, and observe and interact with animals. She also enjoys playing independently with her My Little Pony collection and toy dinosaurs. Going to the park is lots of fun for Kyrie and where she is learning good social skills when meeting and playing with new friends. Church is another place she loves to go.
Next Fall, Kyrie will be in 5th grade, where she will continue to benefit from having a supportive learning environment with physical, occupational, and speech therapies, and a lot of one-on-one attention. She has started to mature and gain an understanding of what healthy choices are and, more and more often, she is able to choose good behavior. She has started talking about her emotions and what she is feeling. Kyrie does best when she is given time to process her thoughts. She often processes while she plays with her toys and at times will use self-talk.
When Kyrie is prepared ahead of time for transitions, has lots of routine and supervision, frequent praise, and anticipated rewards and incentives, she feels most safe and secure. In general, Kyrie needs support in managing her attention issues and restless energy, and in successfully dealing with some developmental issues. Kyrie continues to benefit from counseling sessions where she is working on identifying her feelings, developing tools and strategies to express those feelings in positive ways, and increasing her social interactions.
Photo by Jackie Muir
To learn more about Kyrie, watch her video clip.
Browse photos and descriptions of other kids still waiting for families:
Miracles Do Happen!
Featured kids: Aeirieck, Ahmaiya, Alex, Ali, Angelique, Anthony, Armondo, Ashton, Ben, Bryan, Caleb, Chase, Christopher, Cody, Courtney, David, Eyes, Eythan, Frank, George, Heather, Hunter, Isaiah, Iyanla, Jaleo, Jason, Jeremiah, Jerimiah, JJ, Jocelyn, Joey, Johnny, Jonathan, Joseph, Kaleb, Katelynn, Katie, Kayla, Kenna, Krista, Lara, Leandra, Lorenzo, Malachi, Master, Matthew, Maya, Michael, Miguel, Mikah, Mathew, Najwa, Naomi, Nehemiah, Rebecca, Samara, Sarina, Sebastian, Shauwen, Tarvares, Terry, The'Ellis, Tia, Tony, Tor'Yana, Travelle, Trenton, Triston, Tylea and Tyrese 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, Eric Vaughn and Alisa Prinos.
WACAP would like to thank the following organizations for recent donations and use of their locations: Bounce It Up 360, Edgeworks Climbing, Experience Music Project Museum, FabLab Tacoma, Island Lake (CRISTA camp), King's Books, LeMay - American's Car Museum, Next Step Archery, Pierce County Transit, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Ryther, the Seattle Seahawks, Silvana's Dessert Academy, Sprinker Recreation Center, 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.