Archive: May 28, 2021

Forever Family Friday week 31 – Amiliyona

Are you ready for this stat…There are more children in foster care than the amount of people that live in the entire city of Tampa. Or Cleveland. Or Orlando. What?!! That’s hard for me to process. When theses kids are spread out all over the US the number may not seem as great, but when I envision an entire city with all the communities and neighborhoods, schools and gyms, sports arenas and shopping centers and picture it all filled with children without a mom or dad, that gives me chills. If you are reading this right now…thank you. My prayer is that you will continue to stick with us as we journey through #ForeverFamilyFriday. I pray each week that we will decrease this number by one but we need your help. You know the drill. Please share, pray, post, discuss and like the child each Friday. It will take ALL of us to solve this problem!

Amiliyona is 15 years old and lives in Florida. She is full of happy energy and is fun to be around with her extremely outgoing personality. As you look at her pictures wouldn’t you agree she exudes sunshine?! She could dance, sing and do gymnastics all day long. Amiliyona loves working with animals and talks about being a veterinarian when she grows up. She dreams of traveling to the Bahamas to see and pet dolphins, however she would be happy going to Sea World too!

Despite the difficult times Amiliyona has experienced, she has an optimistic attitude and is hopeful she will find a family who will show her the unconditional love she desires. And deserves! Join us in sharing Amiliyona and help find her forever family! Have a wonderful Memorial Day and enjoy your friends and family. You are blessed to have them. For more information on Amiliyona please contact Heart Gallery Tampa 813-314-2021.
Jessica Bellinger Photography

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Forever Family Friday week 30 – Steve and Angel

Over 700 kids enter the foster care system every day. 700! That’s heartbreaking. They linger for several years and go from home to home to home. If you’re a sibling group at some point in time if you have not been adopted they look to start separating you. This week I’m just diving right in because these sweet brothers are at risk of being separated. We need to do everything in our power to prevent this. Please meet Steve and Angel. These brothers are as close as any brothers could be and eager to be a part of a forever family. However, we have learned that their team is beginning to discuss splitting them up. The statistics show that more than half of the children in foster care have at least one sibling in the system. And that as many as 75% are placed apart from one another. So sad. PLEASE, help us keep this from happening and help us find a home for the brothers to STAY TOGETHER! They live in Arizona but can be adopted elsewhere. Be a part of this solution. Share them with others. Talk about them and please pray for them. For information contact [email protected] Or DM me! Or my asst [email protected]

Angel was born in 2005, loves to cook and bake, and is always excited to try out new foods and recipes. He likes to play Minecraft and watch sports. His favorite teams are the Denver Broncos and the LA Clippers. He also likes to play with his friends and never misses the opportunity to play with the neighborhood dogs! Angel would like to be a part of a family that help him and his brother to maintain their relationships with their other siblings.

Steve, born in 2006, especially values the importance of family and friends. He likes to play video games and he plays a lot of sports, but soccer is his favorite. His favorite teams to cheer on are the Portland Trailblazers and Real Madrid. Steve is motivated to take care of his things and his space by going above and beyond in his responsibilities. How great would it be to have a new addition to your home that enjoys responsibilities! It is important for Steve to be a part of a family that will encourage him to learn more about his Hispanic culture and his relationships with his other siblings.

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Forever Family Friday week 29 – Phillip

‘Tis the season of graduations, a time for endings and new beginnings. My nephew @wadecroberts graduates this weekend. Although only 3 letters… the word “and” is immensely important to the bookends it shoulders. Every moment that happens in between is wrapped in that simple, used every day, word…AND!

In coordinating #ForeverFamilyFriday our team reaches out to numerous organizations all over the country. The week prior to posting the child, we check-in with the group to make sure the child is still available for adoption within the foster care system. When we inquired with @georgiakidsbelong regarding Phillip, their team quickly replied stating, “Yes, he is and we’re so hopeful that one [a family] can be found for him before he ages out”. The word “and” preceding the moment he has been waiting for his whole life, to have a family. A simple wish that the people who work closely with the foster care system sadly know goes unanswered far too often.

Phillip is 14 and enjoys spending time with his friends and playing basketball, football and video games, especially ‘Minecraft’ and ‘Roblox’. At school, Phillip strives for excellence academically and enjoys socializing with faculty and peers. He especially loves participating in P.E. Phillip needs a loving adoptive family who will give him the attention, support, encouragement, structure and nurturing environment he needs to continue to thrive. His family will also need to support his desire to maintain his relationships with his brothers, who have been planned for separately, as well as with his foster parent.

I implore you to keep Phillip in your mind and heart while you are attending graduation parties and commencement ceremonies these next few weeks. Do you, or someone you know, have room in your/their family, to be his “and”… to be all the moments in between? Pray on it, and if the Lord leads you to find out more about Phillip please email Rebecca at [email protected]

Please click HERE to learn more about Phillip.

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Forever Family Friday week 28 – Della

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! This weekend we will celebrate our moms and all the special ladies in our lives. It may be a sister, a friend, an aunt, a teacher, a neighbor but one thing for sure is it does NOT have to be the woman who birthed us. If we are fortunate enough to have a mom that we have/had a great relationship with… we are very lucky. There are many that don’t. Some of us have strained relationships. And some still have no relationship at all. And for the children in foster care, they fall into that last category. No mom. We pray everyday that each child in foster care has a special someone in their life – a case worker, a foster mom, a teacher. Someone. My desire is that every child have someone they can call mom! WE can all help! You can help! Please help us find Della her forever mom…her forever family! Pray for Della. Repost Della. Talk about Della. You never know who might see your post and be just the perfect family for her.

Della is a spunky, unique, and funny 15 year old young lady from Tennessee. She loves to play basketball and her ideal family would support her by coming to her games. And she loves TACOS! She is described as a great singer and athlete. Della loves being around others and enjoys meeting new people, though she may appear shy at first while getting to know them. She gets along well with others. Della would do well with a family that gets excited about celebrating holidays and creating new traditions. Family to Della means people who will “take care of you, help you and listen.” Y’all this is not a tall order! Della thrives in environments with structure/routines, clear and simple rules, chores, and reasonable expectations. She would be a wonderful addition to a family willing to guide her to adulthood with love and care. Let’s make this a memorable Mother’s Day for Della! For more info call 954-319-0434 or go to [email protected] or TNKidsBelong.orgJami Thornsberry Photography

Check out Della’s video to learn even more!

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#MakeADifference

#NoUnwantedKids

#JustUnfoundFamlies

#AdoptionRocks

#MothersDay