Category: Forever Family Friday

Forever Family Friday -Honest

Happy Forever Family Friday everyone. I am privileged that many of you share your stories with me about your journey in the foster care / adoption world. Some stories are about being foster parents. Some are from individuals that were in the foster care system and what they are now doing and their struggles and their joys…some are people’s problems with “the system” when trying to adopt…some are wanting more information on how to get started in becoming a foster parent or issues with fostering to adopt. I could go on and on. I read each communication. Sometimes there are tears streaming down my face and sometimes I’m angry and sometimes I’m overcome with joy and gratitude. The constant thought I always have is how has this happened to all the amazing, valuable kids…Bless their hearts…ITS NOT SUPPOSE TO BE LIKE THIS! It’s just not. And I love that all of you who are sharing with me have a beautiful heart to make a difference. You too yearn for kids to have forever families and it brings me so much joy. For those with questions – I wish I knew the answers…we do not pretend to be all knowing. But what we can do is try our best to point you to resources and people who hopefully could help! Please check out our foundation’s website for more information on how to get in the game. Every state has children in need. Every state has some need you can fulfill – supplying birthday gifts or items to help with a birthday, mentoring one on one, donating to a photo shoot (for kids that you see each week), praying for the kids, foster parents, case worker and all involved and so much more…because it’s not supposed to be this way! Please allow me to introduce you to Honest. I love that name! She needs our help! 

Honest is 13 and lives in Florida. She is a special girl who is loving, kind and above all else cares deeply about people. She can be shy at first but quickly opens up and reveals her sense of humor. She loves getting her hair done and one day dreams of being a cosmetologist. In school Honest likes science the most, and of course lunch time. She has learned that many of her teachers and faculty really care about her. Honest has a strong faith and has relied heavily on God to get her through the difficult times she has faced in her young life. She wants more than anything someone who will accept her for her. Can you be that family for her? Please talk about Honest this week with one person. For more information on Honest please contact Heart Gallery of Tampa at 813-390-5345. Thank you! ❤️

Forever Family Friday -James

We’re inching so close to the end of January that it actually startling. John F. Kennedy had a quote that I had to read a couple of times but it really resonated after I finally processed it. He said, “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.” I agree. You can’t just sit back and chill. You have to get in the game. Are we being intentional or are we just winging it? Are we flying by the seat of our pants or do we get up each morning with the mindset that I have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life? At my age I can tell you if we are not mindful of our time it will fly by and next thing you know we are nowhere different than where we were a year ago. I hope that Forever Family Friday will be part of your time commitment…part of your intentionality. Thank you for keeping up with us and sharing these kids who are so near and dear to my heart. Thank you for sharing, reposting, liking and praying for these kids. Some of you have bubblewands headed your way for reposting! Now…let me introduce you to James!

James is 14 and lives in Tennessee. He likes video games, basketball and riding bikes. His favorite super hero is Super Man and his favorite dog is a German shepherd because they can protect. My father loved German Shepherds. And I love the fact that the person he admires is Jesus! ME TOO!! He enjoys family traditions such as spending time together during the holidays. If he could have any wish, he would “wish to get a family.”

To James a family means to be loved and cared for. Can you love and care for James?? You help would be greatly appreciated! Have a wonderful weekend!

For more information on James please contact americaskidsbelong.org or dm us! ❤️

 

Forever Family Friday – Alex

This week I was reminded in a very real and startling way how fragile and fleeting life is. A family friend was involved in an accident and in an instant the worlds of many were changed forever. Not one single solitary person in this world knows what tomorrow will bring. We don’t know what next week, or next month or next year will bring. We have only right now. The present. So if that’s what we know for sure, and believe in our heart, why would we not want to make a difference the best we can? We are not put on this earth to be only consumers. We need to focus on not being self centered and selfish. We need to concentrate on being givers. We should strive to be difference makers. I’ve said this before but we have the ability to change the trajectory of someone’s life. My friend that tragically passed away this week said about life, “I don’t want to just start life fast…I want to finish strong.” Finishing strong is doing all we can to help these kids find #ForeverFamilies! Here is a young man whose clock is ticking on him aging out of the system. We need to do all that we can to help him. Please join me in praying for and searching for a forever family for Alex.

Alex is 17 years old and lives in Arizona. He is funny, sarcastic and entertaining. He enjoys basketball, especially the Golden State Warriors. He is caring towards others and has a genuine spirit. He is excited about his future and hopefully will attend a trade school upon graduation. The ideal family for Alex would be one who is structured, kind and disciplined. He needs the love and support of a nurturing family that will support his needs and help him on his way toward becoming a successful young adult.

For more information, reach out to Heather Pava at [email protected]

 

Forever Family Friday – Ja’Gracia

This week as I was having some medical procedures done I sat staring at the face of the beautiful young lady that I’m posting today. I had lots of time in waiting rooms and as I sat I would stare into her eyes and wonder what doctors check ups she had as a child and who took her to them? I suddenly had so many memories of the times with my kids and all the appointments they have been to over the years. And all the follow up required. And the scheduling. And keeping the records straight. And what physical for what sports team was due when. You guys know exactly what I’m talking about. For most of our Forever Family Friday kids, I’m betting they have many gaps and holes in their records. Foster parents, agencies and schools try to their very best to keep it together. But it’s hard and many times things fall through the cracks. To the fault of no one and everyone the consistency is typically not there. The physicals aren’t done and the forms aren’t filled out. I know many of the foster kids we have been involved with over the years have little to no medical records or history. It’s heartbreaking. These kids deserve better! They need us to step up and do our best to provide them with not only consistency, but with a family that can provide it. Please allow me to introduce you to Ja’Gracia.

Ja’Gracia is 16 and lives in Alabama. She has a great sense of humor and her favorite subject in school is reading. Getting her hair done and going out to eat are activities she enjoys as well- ME TOO!! When she grows up she wants to be a cosmetologist as she loves to do hair AND wants to be financially independent. Love that entrepreneurial spirit! Can you be the family to help Ja’Gracia reach her goals? Can you provide consistency in her life? Please contact Meredith at [email protected] for more information. Thank you!!

Katie and Alec Photography

 

Forever Family Friday – Devin

Happy 2023 everyone! The start of a new year seems to always be when we make resolutions and declarations and a to do list and start drinking more water and walking an extra mile or join a health club or something that makes us feel hope and promise of a better us and a better tomorrow! For most kids in the system their list still looks the same. They are longing for security, stability, kindness, love and so much more. And guess what…most of that can be found in a forever family. A forever family offers that hope and promise of new beginnings like birthdays, celebrations, school activities, ball games and family time. Please join me this year in sharing, posting and talking about our kids that we post each Friday. I will be giving a bubble wand each week to someone that reposts our #ForeverFamilyFriday post! That’s how much I believe that you can help us in making a difference in the lives of these kids. We need you. THEY need you! Please allow me to introduce you to one very special young man…Devin.

Devin is 15 and lives in Florida. He is easy going, curious and creative. Japan is interesting to him- the culture, the history and jiu-jitsu, hello @Cannonsmith. One day he would like to be an actor and also play football. Devin is talented at school and loves science. He was most proud to earn an A in math. Great job Devin. His friends call him funny and “a good guy.” All he wants is “a family that is fun.” Until he is comfortable Devin can be shy, but as his caretakers agree, with the right family he is sure to open up. For more information on Devin please contact Heart Gallery of Tampa at 813-390-5345. Thanks so much! And Happy New Year! Hopefully a bubble wand will be coming your way soon. 🫧🥳

Kismis Ink Photography

 

Forever Family Friday – Jalexus and Jasmine

Our last #ForeverFamilyFriday post of 2022! I can’t believe we are turning the page again on the calendar. That’s just crazy. Fifty-two plus kids have been shared this year. Some have found their forever families…others are closer to finding theirs. Some have been placed in homes, then moved to other homes and then moved to a third home. Many are still patiently waiting. Sadly that is the state of the system and the process. It’s got many flaws…BUT it’s what we have to work with. We celebrate the kids that ARE having their first Christmas with their new mom/dad/grandparents/siblings. We are so happy for them. We will take a few deep cleansing breaths and keep pressing on and keep sharing and keep on asking for you to do the same. We will keep fighting and keep believing that where we start is NOT where we finish. Together we can do this! Please let me introduce you to 2 ladies that would love their forever family in 2023.

Jalexus and Jasmine live in Tennessee. Jalexus is 15 and is a creative and active young lady. She likes jumping on the trampoline, swimming, singing and riding bikes in addition to doing hair and makeup. Volleyball, soccer and kickball are her favorite sports. Jalexus is very personable with a big sense of humor. She is smart in math, and likes games such as Connect 4 and Monopoly.

Jasmine is 13 and is very considerate. She will ask you about your day and tends to put others before herself. She likes to be with others and play games such as UNO and Monopoly. Jasmine likes to see new things and would love a family that travels. When she grows up she would like to help kids in some capacity.

Both girls would love a family that is active, loving and outgoing. When asked what a family means to them they said “getting to know you….and being grateful that they want you.” Oh my. Every child deserves to be wanted! Every child deserves to be known, and seen, and heard and loved. Let’s finish off 2022 strong by sharing, liking, and talking about these girls and do all that we can to connect them with their forever family! Thank you guys and Happy New Year! Many blessings to you and your family! For more information please contact AmericasKidsBelong.Org or DM us!

Forever Family Friday – Javari and Javion

Christmas is here! I mean like within hours and as children, and actually adults too, eagerly and excitedly await all the specialness (is that a word?) of the season to come together to celebrate the birth of Christ, I just wanted to again say thank you to each and everyone of you that helped us clear our Christmas wish lists for our #ForeverFamilyFriday foster kids. These kids won’t be surround with family and friends nor will they be eating some fabulous meal that is made with old family recipes. However many of them, because of you, will be opening gifts. These gifts are things they had hoped for and receiving them tells them that they matter and are valuable and worthy. For many foster kids Christmas is a time of confusion, fear and pain. So know that because of you and your generosity, many will have a magical day…as they should. And our prayer for every child will be a forever family this year!! Please allow me to introduce you to two brothers who would want nothing more than parents this Christmas.

Javari is 15 and Javion is 14 and they live in South Carolina. They describe themselves as funny, athletic, intelligent, and respectful. Javion likes action and scary movies and Javari likes them all. Both brothers want a family that has good intentions and good hearts. Wow. That is not a long list. Surely we can help find a family for them with good intentions and good hearts. I know all of you guys have both those characteristics. Your help would be greatly appreciated and Merry Christmas!

For more information please contact Hezekiah at [email protected] or 864-953-9458. OR DM us!

Forever Family Friday – Amara

Happy #ForeverFamilyFriday Christmas edition! WOW! The support you have shown over the year commenting, posting, sharing and praying for these kids has been huge. And now I’m asking one more thing….to help make their Christmas a little brighter. We have dozens of kids on our website with wish lists. Kids who will not get any other gifts. Socks and hoodies. Candy. Wow. Older kids asking for towels and kitchen appliances. Basics. Of course some want headphones, air pods and technology and you’ll see that on their lists too. We can all do something. So whether its clearing an entire list or purchasing a $10 item I hope you’ll join us! But most of all pray. That they feel valued. And loved. And that they one day have their forever family. Please meet Amara.

Amara is 12 and lives in Alabama. You may remember Theodore and Keegan who we shared a few weeks ago. Now I would like you to meet their sister. She is an outgoing, talkative and extremely intelligent girl with a great personality. She loves to read, sing, play the violin and the piano. She enjoys swimming, art, walks and playing with animals. She is very mature for her age and loves all things “science” and would like to be a scientist when she grows up….or a singer, or a nurse! One day she would like to travel to Hawaii as she loves the beach and the water. When asked what she would like for a gift, she said “A family. Any kind of family. I’m ready to find a home.”

Amara will do best with a mother who is very patient and can provide her with unconditional love and one on one attention. Can you be that person for Amara? Please contact [email protected] for more information. Thank you!

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Forever Family Friday – Johnny

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You all have been incredibly generous and amazing in purchasing gifts for the foster kids wish lists that we have shared. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Please know that you have made a difference in the lives of deserving kids this Christmas season. We still have a few more items that are available to purchase if you want to join the giving band wagon. Some of you have shared with me that a gift your ordered may not arrive on time. The agencies are aware. They know Santa may be a few days late with some items this year. Even Santa has to deal with supply chain shortages 😉Everyone is doing the best that they can and even if it arrives late it will still be enjoyed! These kids are asking for t-shirts and socks and basic essentials that most of us take for granted. We asked them to shoot for the moon on their list. So there are some items that are just things that they are “wishing” for! However…The best gift of all for these kids would be a family. Please keep praying, sharing and posting them. And hopefully that Christmas Miracle will come true for some! Now please allow me to introduce you to Johnny.

Johnny is 12 years old and lives in Arizona. But…remember all children we share can be adopted outside of their home state. Johnny enjoys basketball and football – especially the Golden State Warriors. His favorite players are Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Johnny likes school and is very sociable. He likes PE and playing sports with his friends, and math is his favorite subject. In the next year he would like to join a basketball or football team.

The ideal family for Johnny would be loving, patient, structured and active! Johnny strongly desires a family willing to go out and do fun things together, such as bowling and going to the movies, or taking him to the arcade. He needs consistency and would thrive in a family that can show him that they are in it for the long haul, and are also willing to maintain connections to his sister.

For more information please contact Heather at [email protected]

Forever Family Friday – Haley

Happy Forever Family Friday y’all! Ok… Listen to me for just a minute. I know everyone is getting all jacked up about Christmas and you are decking the halls and shopping and wrapping presents and making your list and checking it twice. I get it. I’m right there with you And my heart is so full as I think of the birth of Christ and the celebration of that miraculous night. We are all so focused on so many things this time of the year that I’m concerned that we might not pause just a moment to talk about and share this amazing young lady. Please meet Haley, who deserves our undivided attention.

Haley is 14 and lives in Florida and has a heart of gold! She is generally a happy girl who has a bubbly personality. She is energetic, fun loving, and always tries to make everyone around her happy. Haley is an avid soccer player, and is happiest when she’s kicking the ball around, perfecting her shots or her footwork. She is an all around active kid, and also loves swimming. Her perfect day would be “going to the beach or playing dodgeball all day.” She often thinks about others before herself, buying presents for her brothers with her allowance. Haley wants to be a teacher when she grows up and does great with younger children. Haley would like a family that will love her, support her, and cheer her on in life. Can you take just a minute out of your busy Christmas schedule and share this young lady on your social media? Can you be that forever family for Haley? Do you know someone that could be her family? Your help is greatly appreciated! Many blessings to you and your family this Christmas season! ✝️❤️💚

For more info please contact Heart Gallery of Tampa at 813-314-2021. Samantha Lowe Photo

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