Omarayana Age: 14 Waiting Since: 2-28-2020
Omarayana loves playing volleyball and GaGa ball, the variation of Dodgeball. She loves making art and doing other creative activities, which will serve her well in her interior design pursuits. Omarayana likes the color purple. Most of all, she loves spending time with her siblings. A forever family for Omaryana must be willing to adopt her sibling Mikel.
Tyina Age: 13 Waiting Since: 5-2-2019
Tyina gets a kick out of playing games such as Uno, Twister and Life. She likes riding bikes and going to carnivals. She enjoys spending time with friends by talking, going to the mall and having sleepovers. “Tyina can be very empathetic and caring,” says one of her close adults. “She is a good at listening to others, using her critical thinking skills and likes to help others. Tyina enjoys talking about her future and the types of goals she has for herself like becoming a baker as she has a passion for baking desserts.”
Renee Age: 16 Waiting Since: 5-24-2022
In addition to singing, Renee enjoys dancing and says that she’s good at it. She enjoys playing games with other children and going to the park. Renee’s future plans include going to college, earning a degree and pursuing a career helping children. According to one of the adults close to her, “Renee is a creative, friendly and talkative teenager. Renee describes herself as funny and quirky. At school, she is doing well academically in her classes.”
Serenity Age: 13 Waiting Since: 9-2-2016
“Serenity is kind and thoughtful, and she will go out of her way to let you know she’s thinking of you through a small gift, note or phone call,” says one of her close adults. Serenity plans to put her kind and caring nature to work in a future career as a nurse. “I want to help others,” she says. Among her favorite things to do, Serenity includes relaxing, watching TV and going shopping with her friends. She enjoys baking and doing arts and crafts and other creative activities.
AliciaMay Age: 15 Waiting Since: 7-20-2022
Give Allie, as AliciaMay prefers, a little twang in her music and a little tang in her food, then watch the smile on her face beam ear-to-ear. She adores babies. Her favorite critters are tigers, German shepherds and horses, and if she could visit anywhere, she’d travel to Florida. Allie loves chilling by watching TV, reading a book or writing down her thoughts and memories. When she gets older, Allie wants to become a police officer.
Naliyha Age: 13 Waiting Since: 8-10-2022
Hanako, as Naliyha prefers, puts an extra “extra” in extracurriculars. They participate in a lot of them including volleyball, soccer, track, drama, art, music, literature, story writing and technology. Hanako’s many interests extend to the weekends where they like to draw, read, play video games, do homework, listen to music or podcasts, browse the Internet, bake and “contemplate life choices.”
Savanna Age: 15 Waiting Since: 6-16-2022
Savanna isn’t just a bookworm; she’s a book beast. When other kids come home from school and sleep or eat, Savanna pulls out a book. When she’s not reading, she’s likely writing. Savanna says writing is her favorite subject in school. Savanna finds time for other activities such as participating in cross country. When she gets older, she wants to become a social worker or lawyer. Once she finds her forever family, Savanna hopes they have family dinners together and do family projects together.
Kaylee Age: 14 Waiting Since: 7-8-2021
“I am kind, funny and caring, and I love laughing,” says Kaylee. “I love being around others.” Adds one of her close adults, “Kaylee has a great sense of humor that will bring a smile to your face. When upset, Kaylee loves when you can make her laugh by being silly. Kaylee has a bright outlook on her life.” Kaylee is pretty down-to-earth. She likes playing Monopoly, going to church and visiting people on the weekends. She also enjoys watching TV shows with imaginative story lines.
Emma Age: 15 Waiting Since: 12-18-2020
Emma dreams of owning her own art studio when she gets older. If there’s anything Emma likes as much as art, it could be the music of a certain pop/rock band. She also likes watching mystery movies and reading horror and animal books. She likes all animals, but she loves owls. Emma enjoys laughing and talking. She tends to make people around her feel happy, cared for and wants to help.
Myah Age: 14 Waiting Since: 4-4-2022
Myah likes singing, has learned how to play guitar and piano and enjoys writing her own songs. “Myah uses her music as a way to express her emotions,” says one of her close adults. In addition to songs, she likes to write poems. She also enjoys painting. Myah loves to read, especially books that teach her about history. Her favorite foods include spaghetti, lasagna, chicken alfredo and pizza. Because she’s artistic, Myah would do well in a forever family who encourages her creativity and who enjoys music and reading.
Piper Age: 14 Waiting Since: 1-24-2022
Piper is quite a creative girl who enjoys making arts and crafts. She also likes drawing and says her favorite color is teal. In addition to being creative, Piper is active and athletic. She enjoys hiking and playing volleyball. On the weekends, Piper enjoys cooking, playing with dogs and going to church. Piper also sees a family in her future and plans to have fun with them. When she’s asked the most important thing she wants others to know about her, Piper says, “I like family time!”
Sandra Age: 15 Waiting Since: 12-4-2018
Sandy, as Sandra prefers, is a very creative girl who loves coloring and drawing and doing arts and crafts. She says she’s good at singing and dancing and wants to become a singer, artist or fashion designer when she gets older. Her favorite activities include swimming, shopping, listening to music and getting her hair done, dressing up and spending time with friends. When she’s asked about the things she wants to do with her new family, Sandy simply says, “spend time together.”
Cecilia Age: 16 Waiting Since: 5-8-2019
CeCe, aka Cecilia, plans to travel the four corners of the world … and a few curves and straight-aways along the way. “If I could visit one place on Earth, it would be all over the world,” explains CeCe, “because I want to learn about all the cultures and food.” She describes herself as a neat, organized and clean person. She also takes pride in her smile, her intelligence and her empathy for others. “I care a lot about people,” says CeCe, who plans to put her caring nature to work as a pediatrician or nurse when she gets older.
Heather Age: 14 Waiting Since: 2-22-2017
Heather’s list of favorite foods includes yogurt and chicken nuggets. She enjoys swimming, bowling, shopping, going for long car rides and eating at restaurants. She likes watching moves, and “Trolls” is her favorite. One of Heather’s favorite activities is playing pretend with her stuffed animals. She also enjoys coloring with chalk. Heather looks forward to spending time with her future forever family and playing together.
Journie Age: 14 Waiting Since: 10-26-2018
Nurturing comes second nature to Journie, who longs to use those skills one day. Journie’s other favorite activities include making art, riding her bike, watching movies and pitching in around the house. She also loves reading and is great at telling stories. When she gets older, Journie wants to become a lawyer.
Mandi Age: 16 Waiting Since: 6-10-2020
Mandi is described as caring, curious, social and active. Some of Mandi’s favorite things to do include spending time with friends and playing cards. She also enjoys talking on the phone. Mandi hopes she can join a cheerleading team one day.
Sydney Age: 11 Waiting Since: 2-11-2019
Sydney loves learning and reading. She also enjoys being active by participating in yoga, gymnastics and ballet. In addition, Sydney likes swimming and sculpting. An adult acquaintance calls Sydney a bright, intelligent and insightful young lady who’s “wise beyond her years.” Sydney describes herself as caring, loving and generous.
McKanize Age: 15 Waiting Since: 12-08-2016
Kenzie, as she prefers to be called, loves playing games, especially with family and friends, and her favorite is Clue. She likes relaxing and watching movies after school, and she enjoys sleeping in and playing card games on the weekends. Kenzie takes pride in learning how to ride a bike. The most important things Kenzie wants others to know about her are that she’s smart and kind and always tries to stay positive.