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Dakota can seem shy at first, but if you bring up some of his favorite interests, (like sports, his bicycle, and his scooter), he will open right up. He enjoys conversation and learning a bit more about the world as he chats with other people. Dakota writes well and is a sociable, active kid.
Happiest when he is outside, Dakota spends a lot of time riding around on his bike or playing with friends. He enjoys coasting around the neighborhood, taking in the sights and sounds of the community. When he isn’t zooming around on wheels, you can find Dakota playing one of his favorite sports; especially basketball, soccer, and football.
Dakota has recently made several buddies and is really happy to have close friendships in his life. He is a very sweet boy who is kind to his friends and to the people in his life.
There are a couple of close relationships that are especially important for Dakota to maintain. Having a family, that can help Dakota nurture the bonds he shares with his sisters, will be really beneficial for his future.
Dakota would like to be adopted! A family with older or younger brothers and sisters would be a really great fit for him, as he enjoys being around other kids and making friends with everyone. Dakota’s culture is also really important to him. Being part of a family who is willing and able to embrace cultural events, and further educate Dakota on his Native American heritage, would be a very positive experience for him as well.
Delontea is a smart, curious, and loving boy. He thrives with consistent 1:1 attention, structure, predictability, and a stable daily routine. A lively conversationalist, Delontea asks really great questions and he has two main passions: animals and Michael Jackson! He is the master of Michael Jackson trivia and knows every one of his songs!
Delontea’s love of animals mirrors his love of music. Dogs bring out Delontea’s softer side and he would love to have one of his own. An avid Seahawks fan, this teen also enjoys Pokemon, video games, taking naps, and eating both sushi and McDonalds. Delontea wants to learn to drive and aspires one day to travel to Japan. Although achieving independence is his goal over the next three to four years, he clearly wants a forever family that will accept him as one of their own and always be there for him. When asked what he wants in a forever family, he said “a nice family that treats me like their own kid.”
This fall, Delontea transitioned to a new high school where he is doing very well. He is really proud of being a high school student! He just completed a semester of ceramics and is now in ROTC as his elective. With some special education assistance, he is taking grade-level classes.
Delontea has made important gains in learning how to manage his emotions and behavior, understand and communicate his needs, and use appropriate coping skills to regulate his emotions. He continues to practice and develop his coping skills so that he will be prepared to deal in positive ways when he is faced with competition or criticism. He appreciates having calm reminders to stay on task and follow rules.
Maintaining a relationship with his two siblings and other birth family members is very important to Delontea, and he’ll be counting on his adoptive family to help him maintain those relationships. Delontea’s social worker would like to hear from couples and single dads and moms who have lots of time and attention to devote to this delightful teen.
To learn more about Delontea, watch his video clip.
Dulce is a teen who values her independence, her relationships and her heritage. She would like a family who can be supportive of these aspects of her life, as she heads toward adulthood. Involved in her tribal community, Dulce has attended a Native American school and hopes to work with her tribal community, during an upcoming summer work program.
When motivated, she is a good student and completes homework assignments, although she has struggled with attendance. She could benefit from having parents that will provide her with opportunities to explore her interests and introduce her to new activities, interests and ideas.
Family is important to Dulce. She is still connected to her grandmother and other family members. Friends are important to her too, and she has several. She also has a very strong bond with her boyfriend, who has been a constant in her life during a very inconstant time. It is hoped that her adoptive family will be supportive of existing relationships that mean a great deal to her.
Dulce needs a family that will take pride in her heritage and see that she has opportunities to participate regularly in her Native American culture and development. For her overall well-being, Dulce’s knows that she needs to focus on her health to prevent the onset of diabetes. A family that will encourage and support her in this endeavor would be wonderful.
To learn more about Dulce, watch her video clip.
Evan is a helpful, affectionate boy! He loves to give hugs and help around the house. His foster mom loves his silly laugh. Playing outdoors, riding his bike, jumping on the trampoline, and maneuvering his dump trucks and cars are among his favorite things to do. Evan tends to move from one activity to another, so he may quickly go from looking at books, to entertaining himself with Angry Birds, then on to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
At school, Evan’s teachers notice how much he wants to be a helper and how much he enjoys one-on-one attention. He is supported by an IEP and spends time in both a self-contained and a regular special education classroom. His academic and social skills are about 1-2 years behind his peers. Evan’s teacher states that, “He is desperate to be loved and to please – he would do anything I ask him to do and tries very hard for me.”
Upon first meeting Evan, folks notice how sweet he is. They may also pick up on some of his delays and notice his speech. He can sit and carry on a conversation but may provide responses that aren’t related to what is actually being discussed. He really likes to talk though, and he asks lots of questions.
Evan needs a family who understands how to nurture and support him, and provide him opportunities for challenge and success. Some of Evan’s specific challenges are related to understanding action and consequence combined with a high level of impulsivity. Evan’s team believes he would do best in a two-parent family because of the amount of redirection and supervision he needs, although single parents are welcome to inquire too! Any family configuration will need a strong support system. Evan loves one-on-one attention but would be okay with older kids who are able to understand why Evan struggles in certain areas. Evan is a sincere, fun-loving kid with a good heart.
To learn more about Evan, watch his video clip.
Grace is bright, creative and highly imaginative, and she has a great sense of humor. She loves animals of all kinds and enjoys learning all about them. Grace is kind, gentle, and still a child at heart in many ways. For instance, she loves to have stuffed animals in her room; it’s one way she displays her love for real animals. Grace would love to live on a farm, or near an animal shelter where she could volunteer; she’s gentle with all creatures and truly cares for them. Her social worker believes Grace could benefit greatly from being around animals, such as dogs and horses, in a therapeutic environment.
Grace has a deep passion and love for reading. She chooses reading for pleasure first, over any other activity. She enjoys reading fantasy books the most, especially the Harry Potter series and other books with similar themes. She also enjoys games on her Nintendo DS, playing outside, drawing and other creative arts activities, such as origami and making paper dolls.
Grace is very intelligent, and has been praised for her critical thinking skills, and ability to share her thoughts and ideas. She also has a good vocabulary and can be quite the conversationalist!
The family that would be a good fit for Grace will have experienced parents (couples or a single parent) who have a good understanding of how a child’s early environment can impact her sense of well-being, safety, and her social and emotional development. Grace’s adoptive family should also have the skills to coach and guide Grace in creative ways, and be willing to engage appropriate resources and supports as needed. Having a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies could be very helpful in meeting Grace’s needs. A family who shares Grace’s love of animals and can help her realize her dream of working or volunteering with them in some capacity, may just be the right family for Grace!
To learn more about Grace, watch her video clip.