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Announcing Our Merger

We always enjoy bringing you up-to-date about what’s happening in the adoption world. Now we’re especially pleased to give you a front row seat on exciting changes we’ve made that will influence how we work with children and families.

You’ll see new branding: a new look and logo, a clear mission—to increase the number of children in foster care who move into adoptive families—and a vision that reflects the best of our achievements during the past 46 years and all that we want to accomplish in the future.

A Long Distance Success Story

Jennifer and Jillian are teen sisters that we started to work with in 2017. From the start, Jillian was completely opposed to adoption while her sister was very open to adoption. The family that was fostering them wanted to adopt the sisters, but Jillian did not want to be a permanent member of this family while Jennifer was open to the idea.

My name is Raelyn. I’m
11
years old.

Raelyn is an incredibly sweet, kind, funny, creative, and confident young lady. She loves helping others and excels in all of her pursuits. She is really so cool!

Learn more about Raelyn

My favorite hobbies are:
I love to play outside in the park with friends. I also love making art and making people laugh! I also love playing board games and UNO!
When I grow up:
I'm not sure yet!
I'm happiest when:
I'm with friends and people I love!
What I'm looking for in a family:
A family that is committed, loving, and forever!
Ask About Raelyn
My name is Giavanna. I’m
10
years old.

Friendly, smart and funny, Giavanna is extremely outgoing. She is very kind and takes great pleasure in helping others when needed. She is very imaginative and loves to express her creativity in her drawings and arts and crafts. She also enjoys making up songs and sings them over and over. Very energetic, Giavanna delights in being outdoors, and her favorite activities include playing football and kickball, visiting parks and playgrounds and riding her bike. When she is with other children she easily assumes a leadership role and makes up games they all can share.

Learn more about Giavanna

My favorite hobbies are:
I love arts and crafts! I also love singing, dancing, and playing sports!
When I grow up:
I want to be a makeup artist!
I'm happiest when:
I am with my loved ones.
What I'm looking for in a family:
I am looking for a family that is fun, committed, and loving!
Ask About Giavanna
My name is Makayla. I’m
13
years old.

Makayla is a sweet, loving, talkative young lady who describes herself as funny, playful, and a pet lover. She has a great sense of humor and delights in telling jokes and making others laugh. Always sociable, she makes friends easily and happily shares her interests with you. Makayla loves to watch music videos to decode and learn the dancers’ choreography.

Learn more about Makayla

My favorite hobbies are:
I love to play board and card games, drawing and coloring, listening to music and watching television. I also love gymnastics and dancing!
When I grow up:
I want to be a dance teacher!
I'm happiest when:
I am with people I love!
What I'm looking for in a family:
A family that will love me and spend time with me!
Ask About Makayla
My name is Kyle. I’m
15
years old.

Kyle is charming and is known for his outgoing personality and great sense of humor. Despite his young age, he is already thinking about the future and it includes either becoming a professional football player or a truck driver.

Kyle is happiest when he is on the football field or at home playing video games. However, he also enjoys wrestling. To be sure he will continue to be on his school’s wrestling and football teams, he is committed to body building.

Kyle wants to be adopted and have a mom and a dad. He would like other children his age in the home and some dogs. “I’d like the family to be active and willing to go out and do things,” he says. Among the pastimes he would like to share with the family are going to the beach, go-karting and any other adventurous activities.

Learn more about Kyle

My favorite hobbies are:
Wrestling, playing football, and playing video games.
When I grow up:
I want to play professional football or be a truck driver.
I'm happiest when:
I'm playing football or video games.
What I'm looking for in a family:
A mom and a dad with lots of other kids around my age and dogs. I want the family to let me have contact with my little brother.
Ask About Kyle

Match Event Coordinator

Testimonial: 

The Adoption Center’s matching event at the minor league Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood, New Jersey in April 2017 was a blast! It was there that the Mitchell family got to meet and play games with the sweet sisters, Aliyah age 11 and Kaylah, age 14. They inquired about the sisters and after learning more about the girls, the family moved forward with visiting the girls. Eventually, Aliyah and Kaylah were placed with their forever family.

The adoption of these delightful sisters was final in December 2017!

Homepage Blurb: 

The Adoption Center’s matching event at the minor league Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood, New Jersey in April 2017 was a blast!

My name is Randy. I’m
15
years old.

Randy is sweet, smart, talented, creative, and funny. He enjoys spending time having fun with people he loves. He is very passionate about film and media communications and loves going to the movies and watching television. Star Wars is a favorite. He is a talented young person with a special eye on the world and a big vision for his dreams, which include finding his forever family.

Learn more about Randy

My favorite hobbies are:
Film! I love being on my high school's TV studio crew. After school I dedicate a lot of time to behind the scenes work - shooting, editing, directing, writing, etc. I also love to bowl and play laser tag with friends!
When I grow up:
I'm not sure yet!
I'm happiest when:
I am with people I love.
What I'm looking for in a family:
A family that will be committed to supporting me with love and care. A family that loves to spend time together.
Ask About Randy

Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter

Testimonial: 

Gena and Anna are two teenagers that were helped by Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruitment efforts in 2017. In the beginning, Anna was completely opposed to adoption and her sister, Gena, was very open to adoption. Their foster family wanted to adopt the youth but Anna did not want to be a permanent member of that family; Gena was open to the idea.

Our WWK recruiter worked with Anna to understand her reason for being opposed to adoption. The WWK recruiter discovered Anna feared the word "adoption" and the unknown that would come with moving forward with an adoption. With some exploring and emotional work, the recruiter helped Anna to become more relaxed when thinking about adoption.

Kimberly Ren was a family found through an AdoptUSKids inquiry. Kimberly is a single mother and wanted to adopt both girls. Over time, with work, Anna became interested in learning about Kimberly and began talking about Kimberly as if she was already her mother. Both teens, after the first visit with Kimberly, started calling her ‘’mom’’. After they moved to another state to begin the adoption process with Kimberly the WWK involvement continued. Our recruiter was able to answer all of Kimberly questions and helped her resolve issues about finances, medical records, and general things for the girls. The transition from one state's oversight to another left Kimberly feeling apprehensive and not confident. As a WWK recruiter, our adoption coordinator could support Kimberly throughout the process. Kimberly was pleased with the level of attention, care, compassion and concern offered and many times stated that the WWK recruiter helped the transition flow smoothly.

The adoption for the family finalized in July 2018.

Homepage Blurb: 

Gena and Anna are two teenagers that were helped by Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruitment efforts in 2017. In the beginning, Anna was completely opposed to adoption and her sister, Gena, was very open to adoption. Their foster family wanted to adopt the youth but Anna did not want to be a permanent member of that family; Gena was open to the idea.

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