Children Waiting for Adoption




Bruce puts the “aww” in awesome. Take, for instance, what he’s most proud of: “Stitching a new button on my teddy bear.” Then there are his three wishes: “For family safety, for lots of love, and for the world to be a better place.” When asked the most important thing he wants people to know about him, Bruce says, “I am loveable.” His interests suggest a couple other “able” words such as “adorable” and “admirable.” At Christmastime, he likes giving more than receiving, and he enjoys taking care of the critters around the house at his current placement. Any other “aww”-some facts that you want to share with folks, Bruce? ”I have lots of stuffed animals.” His worker agrees with Bruce’s “aww”-ssessment. “Bruce can be very sweet,” the worker says. “He desperately wants to be part of a forever family and has a lot of love to give.” That’s just about “aww” the information you need to know about this sweet and loving boy. Well, maybe there’s some more. Bruce says his favorite animal is the koala bear, his favorite subject in school is science and his favorite food is McDonald’s’ french fries. Instead of the Golden Arches, Bruce likes the color pink. In addition, Bruce says he enjoys playing “The Game of Life” as well as video games. He also enjoys participating in 4-H with sheep as his featured animal. With his future forever family, Bruce wants to go on an awe-inspiring vacation.

Although he is somewhat introverted, Bruce enjoys talking to people once he is comfortable with them. In school, he struggles to stay focused but is capable of getting good grades and has been on the Honor Roll. Currently, Bruce is getting help understanding and finding ways to cope with his emotions, which can overwhelm him sometimes. Due to his past trauma, Bruce needs a dedicated forever family who will provide structure, stability and one-on-one supervision. Therefore, a household with two patient and experienced parents would be best for him. His adoptive parents would benefit from having experience with or knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s development and behavior. Even though it’s not a must, Bruce would do best as the only child in the home; if he’s not the only child then he should be the youngest. To reach his full potential, Bruce needs to understand boundaries yet get guidance and encouragement. Bruce also has stated a preference for a family with pets. Finally, since Bruce has a strong bond with his younger brother, his new family must be open to letting him maintain that relationship.

For more information about Bruce, contact our Adoption Specialist, Amanda Vanderklok, at or 616.204.7269.


Jason likely will make a great parent when he gets older. First of all, he knows how to treat discipline. “He wants a family to know when he is in trouble to send him outside to ‘run around’ but not send him in his room alone,” says Jason’s worker. Second, he understands the role of affection. “Jason is a very loving child who wants to please others,” the worker says. Finally, Jason realizes the importance of structure in a child’s life. “He does great when he knows exactly what he will be doing for the day; he thrives with schedules,” Jason’s worker says. For now, Jason focuses on boyhood bliss. He enjoys playing outside where this speedster loves riding his bike with the pedals floored. His favorite animals include snakes, sharks and horses. When he’s inside, Jason enjoys playing pretend. “He likes to use his imagination and play with Transformers,” the worker says. His favorite Transformer is Bumblebee. Like a lot of boys, Jason’s favorite color is blue, and his favorite food is pizza. While he has a practical side to his boyhood pursuits, Jason has an adventuresome spirit as well. “He has even been rock climbing,” says Jason’s worker. When he’s asked about the qualities he wants in a future forever family, another parental trait stands out for Jason. “Jason reports he wants to be part of a family who will keep him safe,” says his worker. “That is the more important thing for Jason.”

Due to the trauma he has experienced, Jason has some behaviors that will require careful monitoring at home and in school. He receives assistance at school to help him function at his best. “Jason wants to do better in school and tries hard each day,” says his worker, who adds that Jason interacts well with his peers. Jason would do best in a future forever family with an experienced mother and father and no other children. Jason would benefit from having a positive male role model. His new parents would benefit from knowledge of the impact of trauma on a child’s behavior and development. His family must be able to provide structure and teach proper boundaries. Jason has stated a preference for a family who will let him maintain contact with his siblings and who has pets.

For more information about Jason, contact our Adoption Specialist, Amanda Vanderklok, at or 616.204.7269.


Kaedyn is an active young lad with a lot of creative energy. He loves being outdoors and enjoys playing with remote control cars and airplanes. Kaedyn gets his creative juices flowing by listening to music, and he satisfies his artistic flair by doing arts and crafts. “He wants others to know that his favorite color is blue, his favorite thing to eat is dessert and his favorite animal is a sloth,” says Kaedyn’s worker. Kaedyn also wants others to know that he enjoys being around friends and family.

Kaedyn can struggle with behavior at times, but he receives services to help him manage his feelings. Kaedyn generally does well in school. “He is a good student,” says Kaedyn’s worker, who adds that he strives to improve in the classroom. His worker is open to all types of families, but Kaedyn prefers a mom and dad. Kaedyn would do best as the only or youngest child in his new forever family. His new parent or parents must be experienced and knowledgeable of the impact of trauma on a child. In addition, his new parent or parents must be willing to advocate for the services that will help Kaedyn function at his best.

For more information about Kaedyn, contact our Adoption Specialist, Sara Wassenaar, at or 616.356.6268.