Category: Forever Family Friday

Forever Family Friday week 52 – Ahdrina

Wow! This is hard to even process but this Friday marks 52 weeks that we have shared children for #ForeverFamilyFriday! Can you believe that?!? Many have been matched with their forever family, and some are in the process. Which inspires our team to continue this labor of love. Sadly, so so many kids are still waiting…still hoping…still praying…that someone will raise their hand and say “Yes! We’ll do it! We’ll open our hearts and our homes!” Remember if you aren’t willing to take a risk then you will never know the benefits. It is is worth it! Please consider sweet Ahdrina. Please consider adding her to your family. Consider being the reason she smiles. Have the courage to be a difference maker to Ahdrina!

She is 11 years old and is from Arizona. She is very compassionate and bonds easily with people. She enjoys watching cartoons on Disney and Nickelodeon, and her favorite TV show is Dora because she shares her sense of adventure. Ahdrina said that she listens to Christian music because it makes her feel happy. When it’s hot outside, Ahdrina likes to play in the sprinkler or throw a baseball around in the backyard. She is very athletic and says her perfect day would include playing baseball, soccer, gymnastics, and basketball. Ahdrina aspires to go to college and become an FBI agent when she grows up because she likes figuring things out.

Ahdrina is caring and empathetic and has a great sense of humor. She would like her future family to know that she likes to make people happy when they feel sad. Ahdrina thrives on one-on-one attention and will flourish in a family that would allow her to participate in sports. Please share Ahdrina with others this week. Post her! “Like” her picture. And if you can be the family for Ahdrina, please call Heather at SYP-[email protected]

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Forever Family Friday week 51 – Marcellous and Shaidale

How about this heartbreaking statistic: Every two minutes a child is removed from their home and placed into foster care. Every. Two. Minutes. Read that one more time. It’s CRAZY! I’m not a math whiz, but I do know there are 1440 minutes in a 24 hour time period so that would make 720 children A DAY that enters foster care. 720! It’s not only heartbreaking…it’s sad…it’s scary…it’s simply hard to even process. Knowing that huge number makes me stop in my tracks and shout from the rooftops the urgency of additional foster parents. We need more people to step up, and more people to support those that do! We all have a role to play and I’m thankful you’re still journeying with us! We need you. Listen to your heart. Adoption is truly another word for love. 

Please meet Marcellous and Shaidale. Marcellous is 14 and Shaidale is 13 and these brothers need their forever family! They need love. They need you. They are well behaved and helpful and enjoy spending time with others, going to the park and learning about math at school. Marcellous is loveable, respectful and sociable. He enjoys electronics, bowling, Monopoly and video games. He also enjoys playing football and basketball, listening to rap music, having a barbecue and watching football, especially the Falcons! He looks forward to going to college and possibly becoming a policeman when he grows up. Shaidale loves to ride his bike, play soccer and participate in activities, especially those where he can be the leader. He also enjoys snacks and sweets, playing video games and listening to any kind of music.

These sweet boys from Georgia need a loving adoptive family who will give them the attention, support, encouragement, structure and nurturing environment they need to continue to thrive and reach their goals. They have siblings who have been planned for separately so their family will need to support their desire to maintain their relationship with them. Can you be that family for Marcellous and Shaidale? Please help us share these boys this week. For more information please contact [email protected]

To see Marcellous and Shaidale’s video click here !

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Forever Family Friday week 50 – Daizy

I am encouraged by the “matching” of so many children with their potential forever families! We continue to move the needle and we need you all to continue to share, talk about, repost, each child we share on #ForeverFamilyFridays. Each week it seems we learn of another child that has been matched! And each week we get a phone call, text, email or DM from some of YOU saying you are interested.  These children need families and YOU are showing up! Please please please continue!

Daizy is 14 years old and lives in Georgia. She is thoughtful, kind, creative, adventurous, brave and eclectic. She enjoys reading, drawing playing football, riding bikes and listening to rap, rock and pop music. She said one day she hopes to be an OBGYN…or a rapper! She would like to sing with others and participate in gymnastics. Math is Daizy’s favorite subject and she earns good grades in school!

When asked if she could have 3 wishes she would wish for a family again, a dog, and be able to go hunting. Daizy said she always wanted to  be a part of a family “to have someone to care for me and make me feel warm.” She would love on family night to go camping, hang out or have a movie night!

Daizy needs a loving and patient adoptive family who will give her the attention, support, encouragement, structure and nurturing environment she needs to continue to thrive and reach her goals. For more information please contact Rebecca at [email protected] To see Daizy’s video click here ❤️

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Forever Family Friday week 49 – Aries

October 1st! Fall, football and family! Three of my favorite things in the world. I love the change of the season. I love the colorful leaves, pumpkins and the anticipation of the holidays. But family and home is what I love the most. I think this is why I am so passionate about this mission we are on. Family is a game changer. It is love. It’s a support system. It’s an accountability group. It’s a Happy Birthday wish and a Christmas present and so much more. I want to ensure the 425,000 plus children in foster care who don’t have a family can experience these things. The unity. The support. The connectedness. Y’all please continue to share and talk about each and every one of these amazing kids. It is working and we are moving the needle and hopefully making a difference! Please help us today and share sweet Aries.

Aries is 10 years old and lives in Florida. Not only does he have the biggest, sweetest smile that will instantly draw you in, he also has the cutest personality and great manners to boot! Like most boys his age, Aries loves to play outside, ride his bike, dreams of going to Disney World, and hopes to wake up with the super power of being able to fly. I think I would love that too! His favorite subject in school is algebra and he is pretty proud of earning Student of the Week at his school. How great is that!

Aries has been through quite a bit in his short life. He needs a home filled with ongoing encouragement and positivity and individualized attention. He needs a patient family who is willing to work with him through any difficulties he faces. Aries yearns for the support of a strong male role model and would love a family who is extremely involved and loves to do fun things together. Can you be that family for Aries? Can you help him take his charming smiling self and love him into the next season of his life? For more info please contact The Heart Gallery of Tampa at 813-314-2021. Alicia Johnson Photography.

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Forever Family Friday week 48 – Emerald

WOW! Thank You! The support you guys showed for Kai was amazing. There have been so many requests, emails and calls for more information on her! It just warms my soul and it should yours as well because you are a part of this team! Listen guys…let’s keep the interest going this week with her sister Emerald! Yes you heard me correctly. Her sister. It’s a long story but trust me when I tell you we need you to help us. Thank you in advance. Each week we get many questions, so let me make sure you know…..Every child we share on #ForeverFamilyFriday can be adopted outside of their home state. Your first step will be to get your home study completed. Additionally, it costs little to no money to adopt from the foster care system. These are children whose biological parents signed documents saying they terminated their rights.💔These children do not have a mom, a dad or ANYONE. At all. It just breaks my heart. Please continue to share, talk about, post and pray for these children. We are moving the needle and coming soon, we will have more ways for you to participate! If you need more information on how the process works, check out resources (link in bio)

Please meet Emerald. She is 13 and like her sister you met last week, lives in Mississippi. Emerald is a sweet and strong-willed girl. She describes herself as funny and caring. She hasn’t thought too much about what she wants to be when she grows up, but for now she enjoys drawing and coloring. One day, she would like to travel to California. Emerald would like an understanding family with a mom and a dad who will adopt her and her little sister, Kai. She adds it would be great if they had a little dog or even a puppy. She needs reassurance that a family is forever. The opportunity to grow your family and give hope and love to two sweet girls is just a phone call/email away. Again, thank you! For more information please contact [email protected]. Photography by: Greg Campbell Photography

Photography by: Greg Campbell Photography

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Forever Family Friday week 47 – Kai

There are two types of people that look at my posts each Friday. There are those that think ‘this is not my child’…or ‘that child is not from my town’ …or ‘this is not my problem.’ Then there are those who see a child with a need and they respond. Those folks are called game changers. These kids are our responsibility. We are charged to provide and care for them. I pray you will join us in helping to make a difference in the lives of these kids. Just sharing these kids each week on your social media is a game changer. We are starting to see results of months of work. Please help us continue to find forever families for these deserving kids. 

Kai is 11 years old and lives in Mississippi. She is a sweet and sensitive girl who gets along well with others. She describes herself as fun and friendly. Kai does well in school and likes sports, especially basketball. She wants to be a professional basketball player when she grows up. She says she would like a nice family with a mom and a dad. That statement breaks my heart. A mom and a dad…seems pretty simple. Kai would like to be adopted with her older sister, Emerald. Life with a forever family would be a good life according to Kai. She will do well in a home with abundant love and reassurance. Can you help? For more information please contact [email protected]. Or message us! Or email us! Thank you for your continued support in following along every Friday!

Photography by: Greg Campbell Photography

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Forever Family Friday week 46 – Jaiden

Hey Guys! Happy #ForeverFamilyFriday! I’m not going to tell you a bunch of grim statistics about the foster care system or kids in foster care today because you can scroll back through my Instagram and read a bunch of heart breaking information. You know this drill if you have been following me. But I am going to tell you about another great kid that needs you to help him find his forever family. If every person that reads this would stop and tell one person about this kid I bet we could make a difference in Jaiden’s life.

Jaiden is 12 years old and from Arizona. He is an energetic and charming boy who loves soccer and playing with Legos. He also likes Minecraft, superheroes and the movie “How To Train Your Dragon.” He enjoys many different types of foods including donuts, bean burritos, lasagna, and spaghetti. In school, Jaiden continues to progress and really enjoys reading. This is fantastic! He states that dogs are his favorite animal and he loves puppies of all kinds. If Jaiden could go anywhere in the world, he would want to visit Legoland. Jaiden will require a lot of patience, love and attention to thrive.

Can you be the parent to propel his love for reading further? Can you be Jaiden’s forever family? Please share Jaiden with someone. Please pray for Jaiden. Please repost Jaiden. Please contact Heather Pava at [email protected] for more information on Jaiden. Thank You so much guys! ❤️

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Forever Family Friday week 45 – Anthony, Jonathan, Isabella

Every family is different…some have one child, some have 6 children, and some have furry pets as children. Then of course, some families are a combination of each in all types of various forms! What I do know is children bring life and love into a home. They bring curiosity, wonder and adventure. To have siblings….to have support, commonality, familiarity and someone to talk to….is a treasure. Please consider these precious siblings. Anthony, Jonathan and Isabella from California. They could bring all this and more into your home!

Anthony is 13 who has lots of energy and loves the outdoors. He has a great deal of love to offer. Although he can seem very shy at first, he will become friendly as he gets to know you. Jonathan is 11 and is charismatic with a bright smile. He is gentle, sweet and playful. He loves to play football and basketball. He tries really hard to get good grades and is helpful and conscientious around the house. Jonathan is a good artist and his favorite movie is Star Wars. Isabella is 8 and is an adorable little girl with a wonderful imagination. She is creative and enjoys the arts. She is funny, social, engaging and friendly. Like a true princess she enjoys being the center of attention (insert twirl and pixie dust!) She is versatile in that she is happy to play flag football outside with her brothers, but equally content having a tea party with dolls.

For more information on this darling trio please contact Stephanie at [email protected] or 909-802-1441. Photo credit: Marie Bertiaux

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Forever Family Friday week 44 -Akiemah

Happy Friday everyone. Goodness…We have talked about the staggering number of 425,000+ children in the foster care world for weeks and weeks now. Here’s an even more staggering but not surprising nugget of information, this past year there has been a 30% decrease in children serviced because of the pandemic. 30%! When things opened back up, there was an over 450 percent increase! Agencies are working very hard to keep up. It’s been a difficult task to add to an already difficult situation. With school back in session most places, the counselors and support people are working overtime. It saddens me to think what all these children have been through, and those then there’s an entire group that no one has even had eyeballs on in months. The only remedy that makes sense is for every child to have a forever family. For every child to be adopted. That’s the goal. Let’s keep on keeping on! Let’s not allow Akiemah to be part of any further statistics! Never underestimate that your love can change someone’s life!

Akiemah is from Indiana and is 11 years old. She has a big smile that lights up a room, Akiemah is a great kid with a funny sense of humor. She likes to stay active, preferring to ride her bike, rollerblade or play basketball and likes football as well. The more active she can be, the better! Music is very important to Akiemah – if she could, she’d have the radio on all day…and probably be singing along! When she grows up saving animals or being a police officer are on her list!

As with most children, consistency will be important when it comes to new routines. Parents will have to be persistent about building up a level of trust with Akiemah, in a family that is calm, understanding, and creates structure where she can thrive. “Belonging” to Akiemah is defined as being comfortable. Can you help Akiemah feel comfortable and have a sense of belonging? For more information please contact Denise Donaldson, Adoption Consultant [email protected]

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Forever Family Friday week 43 – Zackari

The tragedies that this world has seen and experienced as of late seems almost overwhelming. Every day we learn about more deaths, destruction, devastation and illness. We try to stay positive. We desperately search for the light in a dark world. We pray for peace and relief from suffering. We try to make a difference and be strong. I have one way you CAN make a difference and be the reason someone believes in the goodness of God. Start your Foster Care journey! Remember Dr. King said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Call the number on this post. Get your home study done. We may not be able to change the world, but we can change the world for one person. We can do what is right. Click the link in bio for resources on how to get started. We need you. We need people who are willing to open their hearts and their homes. Do something. One foot in front of the next. If we ALL do our part, we CAN change the world for the 424,000 children in the foster care system. Please let me introduce you to Zackari. The time could not be more perfect to help him find his forever family.

Zackari is 14 and from Mississippi. He describes himself as a “fun” kid. He is not sure yet what he wants to be when he grows up, but until then he will stay busy playing sports. Basketball, football, and soccer are his favorites. One day, Zackari would like to make it to Disney World. This would be even better if it were with his forever family. I’ll tell you what…if you or someone you know adopts Zackari ….A trip to Disney is on me. He would like to have a mom and a dad. He says a pet dog would be great too! Please contact [email protected] Photo: Greg Campbell Photography

Did you know many states offer financial assistance? In the state of MS, funds are available for education, transportation and technology as examples. These are wonderful benefits for youth in the foster care system. So when people say it is so expensive, please know there is help readily available. Can you please help connect Zackari with his forever family? We need you!

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