March 17, 2008 |
A happy, loving, energetic 4-year-old, Mohamed usually has a big smile on his face. He loves to listen to music, and enjoys playing catch and kick the ball, and watching Barney on television. Mohamed gets along well with other children and with pets. Medically fragile, Mohamed has been diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, developmental delays and attention deficient hyperactivity disorder. He has limited speech and sometimes has difficulty expressing his needs. He is able to feed himself and drink milk out of a cup. Mohamed needs what all children in the foster care system need - a chance to grow, to give and to receive love.
September 14, 2009 |
Often described as "free-spirited," 14-year-old Devonna is well-mannered, friendly, and outgoing. Her favorite activities include camping, skiing, and writing in her journal. Like other teenage girls, Devonna enjoys socializing with her friends and going to the mall with them. Devonna looks forward to going to school, where she gets along well with her teacher and classmates. Enrolled in the eighth grade, she receives special-education services. Science is the subject she likes most.
August 10, 2009 |
Edie dreams of some day becoming a doctor, so it's no wonder that her favorite shows on television feature doctors and hospital emergency rooms. Edie describes herself as being "a fast learner, smart, and nice when I want to be. " Intelligent and talkative, the 13-year-old is always ready to give her opinion on things, and knows what she likes. Edie finds many activities to keep her busy. She enjoys riding her bike, skating, and just about every outdoor activity. In school, she is an excellent student.
February 16, 2009 |
Ricky, 15, loves basketball and would like to play professionally some day. In the meantime, he plays as often as possible, and when he is not outside doing so with his friends, he is inside watching professional wrestling on television. An affectionate and friendly teenager, Ricky gets along well with adults and his peers and has leadership abilities. Ricky has improved his academic performance over the last few years, and his efforts have earned him awards for Good Citizenship, Most Improved Student and Student of the Month.
May 30, 2005 |
Mechanically talented, 13-year-old William, known as Billy to his friends, enjoys working with his hands, especially building objects with his Legos. Other favorite pastimes include playing video games, reading, rollerblading, fishing and hockey. He is shy and reserved. Educationally, William is working on grade level although he needs encouragement to complete assignments, which is important if he is to achieve his goal of attending college. He has experienced much trauma and many losses in his young life, resulting in behavioral and emotional challenges.
October 4, 2004 |
Ashley, 14, loves the outdoors and camping so much that this past summer she became a camp counselor for younger children. The best thing about it, she says, was "seeing the children's smiles and helping them do activities that make them happy. " A very good student, Ashley is in ninth grade. She has received A's in many subjects, including German 1, art, physical education and computer technology. For seven years she was a cheerleader, and pictures of her friends from school are a cherished part of her Lifebook - a record that includes photos, documents and souvenirs.
November 19, 2012 |
Markius is passionate about sports. He is on the football field in fall, the basketball court in winter, the baseball diamond in spring, and the local fishing pond in summer. The 16-year-old also loves music and frequently writes his own rap songs or practices the latest dance moves. He's quite creative, and his ability to draw is very impressive. In school, his teachers describe him as engaging, cooperative, friendly, and anxious to learn and, unlike many youngsters, he eagerly awaits the next project assignment.
November 19, 2007 |
Elvis is a charming, appealing 9-year-old. Although he enjoys all sports, his true love is fishing. He also likes bike riding and computer games. Fun-loving and very friendly, he is generally outgoing. Elvis is a good student and looks forward to going to school, where he receives special-education services. He does best in a one-on-one situation and needs assistance from his teacher. However, he is beginning to become more independent. Drawing, and arts and crafts are his favorite classes.
December 31, 2007 |
Anthony is an imaginative 12-year-old who enjoys painting and completing puzzles. Other interests include sports, music, video games, playing outdoors, riding his bike and being with his friends. Anthony is an exceptional reader who performs above his grade level in several areas. His teachers describe him as a cooperative youngster who gets along with his peers and with adults. Through therapy, special-education services and foster-home placement, Anthony is making progress in overcoming the behavioral and emotional challenges that are a result of the many separations and losses he has experienced in his young life.
April 16, 2007 |
With his appealing smile and warm personality, Luis, 14, easily makes friends. He enjoys his relationships with adults and easily opens up and relates to those in his life. A typical teenager, he enjoys many activities and food, especially Mexican. Now in his first year of high school, Luis is committed to completing his homework and working hard to do well academically so "I can graduate and be successful," he says. He loves to be challenged with problems to solve. Luis impresses his teachers with his aptitude.