Where Can I See Youth who are waiting?
Over 1100 kids in Virginia are waiting to find a forever family. There are many places in which you can see photos, videos, and hear their stories. Click on the links below to see our children featured on our partners’ pages.
Meet Virginia’s Waiting Kids!
Connecting Hearts host the Central Region Heart Gallery of Waiting Kids through the Fam-17-042 Grant Partnership with the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Vincent is an energetic, enthusiastic, and extroverted young man. He is very friendly and loves getting to know others. He is very welcoming to anyone he meets and has a way of drawing people to him. Vincent enjoys playing video games, watching educational videos, and reading series books. Anything outdoors or agricultural is likely to be something Vincent will be interested in. He like to experiment in the kitchen and cook new things. Recently he learned how to bake a beautiful banana bread and now likes to make it as a gift for others. Vincent is naturally very inquisitive about how the world works and wants to travel and visit new places to expand his knowledge of the world. He has a terrific sense of humor and often makes an effort to get those around him to laugh and smile as well. Vincent is also bright and driven. When he sets his mind on something he does all he can to work hard and achieve his goal.
The quintessential gentleman, Maddox is always running to open doors for ladies and taking his hat off indoors. He is a considerate and genuine teen. Maddox is very proud of his recent mastery of the Rubik’s cube. He has a mechanic’s mind, and therefore likes to take things apart to figure out how they function. Maddox is a very bright young man and would benefit from an academic environment where he would be challenged to apply himself to his fullest potential.
Maddox loves animals, and enjoys going to the zoo and pet stores to check out the newest or most exotic animals. His favorite football team is the Seattle Seahawks, though he will root for other teams if they aren’t playing. He has a natural talent for golf, but finds it isn’t fast-paced enough for him. He is really into Pokémon, video games, Legos and building things in general. His future plans are to join the Navy and he especially enjoys visits to the shipyard.
Maddox is excited about finding his forever family and would thrive in an attentive and caring home. He is wonderful with pets and loves to help out around the house. He is always willing to learn new things and has a very curious nature.
Kymon is an active and respectful 12-year-old. He is in the 5th grade and works hard to do the best he can in his classes. He is resilient, outgoing, and has a strong attachment to his current foster family, whom he hopes to stay connected to. He is looking for his forever family that can provide him with structure and routine. He would do best in a family without pets or children around the same age.
Samantha, who goes by Sammie, is a smart and articulate 14-year-old with a bright smile. She enjoys being active and discovering new things by playing outside, riding her bike, swimming, and doing gymnastics. When home, Sammie enjoys puzzles, reading, and watching movies. Sammie is happy and cooperative when she is not feeling anxious or afraid. After experiencing many moves, Sammie is ready to settle down with a supportive and committed family. She looks forward to having an engaged support system who will continue to help her through therapy and be patient with her when she becomes upset. Ideally, her family will learn to anticipate Sammie’s emotional needs to prevent escalating behaviors. Sammie’s sister, who has been adopted, is an excellent support for her, so continuing contact and visits with her is imperative. While Sammie loves animals, she will do best in a home without indoor pets. It is also important for her to be the youngest child in the household. Because Sammie has dealt with a lot of hurt in her life, she needs a truly committed, structured, and reassuring family.
Max is an outgoing and friendly 12-year-old child who typically gets along with other children. Max enjoys playing outside, doing arts and crafts, and listening to music. Max will do best with very confident parents who praise good behavior, communicate expectations clearly, have a routine, and offer some flexibility when necessary. They are seeking a forever family who will openly give affection and remain committed through whatever challenges may come. Families who are open to kids who are exploring their sexual orientation and gender identity are a must.
Ronald, 7, is a funny, energetic kid who loves being active in the outdoors, including water activities. He enjoys helping people and his relationship with his foster mother has displayed his ability to connect to others. He is good at clearly expressing his emotions and he can present as mature for his age. Ronald does struggle with controlling his anger and has tantrums where he displays challenging behaviors. He would do well with a family that is active and willing to be patient with him through the transition as he settles into a new home.
Majesty thoroughly enjoys music and dancing. She aspires to go to Virginia Commonwealth University and be a Radio Personality or Professional DJ one day.
Majesty imagines what true familial support would be like. She enjoys making people laugh and spending time with her siblings and other peers. She would love to have an older brother or sister in the home. She hopes that a new family would help her maintain contact with her siblings. She would love for a family to be supportive of her goals and interests.
“They would tell me, Majesty, you got a good score on that test, and I`m proud of you and they would reward me for the good behavior that I’ve done instead of playing around in class.” Majesty is very resilient and continues to wish for the forever family she deserves. She loves to go to the mall and shopping for her favorite thing, shoes! She is fun, energetic, and continues to have a positive attitude. She hopes for a forever family and continues to dream for one each day.
Mark is very kind and genuine. He enjoys writing stories and takes notes of things here and there to add to them. Mark likes to read; his favorite book is “The Trials of Apollo.” He has a vast vocabulary and is very inquisitive. Mark likes making crafts out of paper, playing with animals, and video games. He is a builder and likes to build things. Mark likes computers and can name his favorite brand, which is Microsoft. He enjoys Pikachu from Pokemon and other animated shows. Mark likes the Egyptian Goddess of Cats, although he is just a little allergic to them. Mark warms up quickly when engaging in conversation. His favorite foods are anything Italian, Porkchops, and Smuckers. He enjoys Hip Hop & R&B and hopes for a family one day. Mark must be the youngest in the family and likes to follow a schedule as accurately as possible. Mark strives to be a police offer, and a family would help him foster his dreams and passions. Would you give him a chance?
Alyssa is a focused, intelligent 14-year-old girl with a great smile, and many other positive attributes. She loves to read and enjoys drawing or doing crafts in her free time. She has been participating in art therapy while in her current placement, and has made progress with processing through the amount of loss she has experienced. Alyssa is described as being social, but she does have a history of struggling with peer interactions, aggression, and communication. However, she has been working to improve these issues. Alyssa has been described as being fashionable by those around her, due to her love of accessories and flashy sense of style. She is insightful for her age and self-aware when it comes to what she wants out of life and for her future. Alyssa has expressed that she hopes to find a forever family that will continue to support her throughout the rest of her young adult life.
have a family that is fun but also laid back like her, and dogs would be a plus! Johnette’s favorite foods are hot dogs, pizza, and mac and cheese. She also likes doing hair and happens to do her own! Would you give her a chance? She would be a wonderful addition to a family where there are younger child(ren) or where she is the only child.
Meet Tyler, an active, fun-loving, and polite 12-year-old boy. He wants to be an NBA player or a NASCAR driver when he grows up. Tyler loves the beach, monster trucks, family vacations, and any kind of outdoor activity. Tyler would love a family that has pets and one that attends church regularly. He hopes to be baptized one day. Tyler is a gentleman who always responds with “yes, ma’am” and “yes, Sir” when he is addressed. Tyler can be overly emotional, anxious, and in need of assurance. He is currently in residential treatment and is looking for his forever family that can help him transition back into a family environment. His ideal family would be experienced, patient, nurturing, firm, and structured. Tyler is very connected to his older sister who is placed separately and ongoing contact in the VA area would need to be top priority.
Meet Tony and Zewina
Zewina is a loving 9-year-old girl who loves to play with her dolls. She is helpful around the house with chores and she loves to bake. Zewina gets along well with other children and likes to have a lot of friends. She is warm, chatty, and affectionate. Zewina is very protective of her brother and they get along very well.
Tony is energetic, happy, and helpful. He loves playing sports, especially football and basketball. He is an active helper around the house and even likes to assist with washing the cars or fixing anything mechanical. He is very loving and affectionate towards his sister. This sibling set would do best in a family that offers positive reinforcement and is proactive in their parenting approach.
Latoya is a bright and energetic 9-year-old girl. She loves school and is well liked by others due to her friendly demeanor. She is fun and outgoing and likes to play board games or any activity that involves running and jumping outdoors. Latoya also enjoys participating in gymnastics and dance classes. She will benefit from academic support to help her stay focused and she will do best in a strong family who can help her redirect her behaviors when she is not feeling her best emotionally.
Traverious is an active 8-year-old. He is respectful and gets along with other children. He has a great sense of humor and enjoys playing outside. He is looking for his forever family that can provide him with structure and routine. He would do best in a family without pets or children who are younger than he is.
Meet Sisters Isiasha & Listene