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She’s a medical miracle. Due to her complex medical issues at birth, she was not expected to make it past infancy. But she’s still here fighting and surprising everyone at her resiliency.
Those who know Darrianne — an intelligent, precocious, and outgoing girl — enjoy her sense of humor and her warm personality. Darrianne has many interests and among them, an affinity for cooking and helping out in the kitchen. She has talent and a love of art and creating jewelry. Also a pop and country music fan, she enjoys singing.
Despite needing to catch up to her peers after multiple surgeries, Darrianne has made every developmental milestone on time. She’s now in fourth grade and gets the extra help she needs due to time missed from school.
Not surprisingly, the most influential adults in Darrianne’s life are the nurses and other care providers who have known her over several years. Although the medical issues are primary, this young lady’s social workers would like her to have opportunity to be part of a family, with parents who will take the time to understand her emotional needs and allow her time to bond and build trust together. They would like her to have that sense of belonging and connection that comes from a loving, committed family.
The family adopting Darrianne will need to have the level of medical knowledge or experience to help her manage and stabilize her health issues on the home front as well as make sure she has all of the outside support and resources she needs. Because Darrianne is on the kidney transplant waiting list and is receiving hemodialysis, she must remain in the Greater Seattle area to have immediate access to Seattle Children's Hospital.
To learn more about Darrianne, watch her video clip.
David, Malachi, Naomi, Nehemiah
David (8), Malachi (7), Naomi (6), and Nehemiah (5) are children with very strong sibling bonds. More than anything, they want to find an adoptive family who gives them the opportunity to grow up together. These siblings are currently in three separate foster families and look forward to regular visits with one another.
Although on the quiet side, David has a playful sense of humor. He loves to joke around and make people laugh. Malachi loves to take things apart, and then figure out how to put them back together. He is charming, sweet and always on the move. Naomi loves music, singing, swimming, and playing with baby dolls. She longs for a family who will give her lots of time and attention. Nehemiah is inquisitive, friendly, affectionate, outgoing and well-behaved. He's a curious and engaging little boy who loves to ask questions about the world around him.
The social worker for this energetic foursome is looking for couples who have the stamina, nurturing and patience to welcome four children into their family. Parents with the skills and disposition to encourage each child to reach his or her potential are essential. A strong fit for these siblings will likely be a couple experienced with children who are working on their developmental and behavioral skills and sensitive to the needs of children with difficult or traumatic pasts. The parents will need to live in a community with special educational and developmental health resources readily available. Having a good repertoire of parenting strategies and a background in working with different behaviors will be a huge plus in meeting the children's needs.
To learn more about these siblings, watch their video clip.
Dravyn loves doing things with people, whether it’s chores, sports or playing with magic cards. He has a great sense of humor and likes to share jokes and laugh. Dravyn enjoys participating in activities such as swimming, roller skating, horseback riding and playing video games. He previously took tae kwon do lessons and says he would like to do that again. He also likes cars, especially Corvettes.
Dravyn has a bright and engaging personality. He is very smart and is doing well academically. He enjoys school and his favorite subject is math. Dravyn would benefit from a family able to provide nurturing and affection combined with clear expectations, consistent follow-through, and a structured routine. He is excited about being adopted and very much wants to be part of a physically and emotionally safe family.
To learn more about Dravyn, watch his video clip.
Elana is a genuinely kind and polite young woman. She prides herself in being friendly to others and is often quick to offer a helping hand to someone in need. She helps out in a special education class for peers with physical handicaps, and is doing well at showing empathy and being a leader. A creative young lady, Elana enjoys expressing herself through music, fashion and social networking. Two of her biggest interests at the moment are Justin Bieber and her new pottery class at school.
Elana is in the eighth grade and sings in the school choir. She has four birth siblings, whom she still visits twice a month. She will be counting on her adoptive parent(s) to help her maintain contact with her siblings as she grows up. Elana will thrive in a family where she has lots of one-on-one parental time and attention. She would also like opportunities to feel pride in her heritage and to participate in the African-American community.
To learn more about Elana, watch her video clip.
Elijah is a happy, social and outgoing child. He loves to talk with his caregivers and interacts well with other children. A boy who likes to be physically active, he also enjoys the Boys and Girls Club and other extracurricular activities. Playing video games, listening to music and fishing are just a few, but Elijah doesn’t stop there. He hopes to learn how to play the guitar and drums, too. Meanwhile, he enjoys activities at church, which include being an usher and part of the choir. While he has plenty keeping him busy, he also has a great and active imagination.
When Elijah is frustrated, he can become argumentative, but he knows how to be polite and respectful. This smart young man is doing well in school and at home. He even helps around the house.
Eythan enjoys being active and participating in sports, especially after taking a series of classes focused on healthy lifestyle. So far, he's lost 60 pounds and is a self-confident fifth grader. Eythan appreciates his increased energy and his sense of accomplishment.
Along with playing sports and riding his bike, Ethan enjoys beading necklaces, watching cartoons and playing video games. He's a budding geologist as well, who loves discovering and studying interesting rocks.
Eythan receives academic support at school. He has had challenges with behavior and attention, but has a diverse support system where he receives the counseling and the encouragement he needs. His early years were very traumatic. And he is now learning strategies for coping with frustration and the triggers that bring about a difficult response.
Gabby is a sweet 15-year-old girl with a beautiful heart. She is artistic and loves doing arts and crafts. She enjoys cooking, watching movies, playing video games, swimming, and participating in equine therapy. Gabby also likes spending time outdoors playing sports. She’s an honest and helpful teen who enjoys being with others.
Gabby is going into 10th grade and enjoys school. She will do best in a home with older peers and female caregivers. Her adoptive family will benefit from understanding the impact of abuse on a child’s emotional and cognitive development. They must be willing to love her unconditionally, provide her with opportunities for growth, model appropriate boundaries, and provide a structured, loving home that will help her be successful.
Gabby is looking for a family in Eastern Washington so she can remain close to her great-grandmother, who has been a wonderful source of support for her. She also wants to maintain ties with her younger brother, and would like a family with pets, such as dogs, cats, or fish.
To learn more about Gabby, watch her video clip.
George is an energetic fella, with a fun sense of humor. With six brothers and sisters who have found loving adoptive families, now it is George’s turn. George and his sister Helen have a special closeness, and it has been especially hard for them to be separated. In order to allow these siblings to stay connected, George’s case worker is looking for adoptive parents who live in King County, or those living out of the area, who are able to commit to maintaining in-person visits, multiple times a year.
George is very proud of his Canadian First Nations heritage and wants to continue to participate in Native ceremonies and be connected to the local Native community. The family chosen for George will need to help maintain his cultural ties and relationships within his birth family. George is in fourth grade and gets additional help with reading, math and other academic subjects to help him stay on track. He loves playing football on a community team and playing outdoors with neighborhood children.
George’s social worker especially wants to hear from experienced adoptive parents who are very patient, flexible and nurturing. They must be effective advocates for educational and developmental resources. Having a good repertoire of behavior tools and strategies will help George’s adoptive parents meet his needs.
George's social worker is looking for adoptive parents who live in the Northwest.
To learn more about George, watch his video clip.
Intelligent, engaging and enthusiastic, Greg has tons of academic potential. He’s bright, imaginative and inquisitive, and just recently made the honor roll at his school. Greg’s creativity is so complex that he can make up games with all the detailed rules of play on the spur of the moment.
Like most boys his age, Greg loves video games. A child with an amazing imagination, Greg also loves magical, mythical creatures and anything about wizards and witches. He likes to draw, read science fiction and play card games with his friends. Currently Greg is studying for his learner’s permit and is excited to get behind the wheel.
Greg is well liked by his peers and teachers. His principal says Greg is a really great kid, gets all of his work done and is a real pleasure to be around. While Greg would love both a mom and a dad in his adoptive family, he would also do well with a skilled single parent, especially one with a strong support system of family and friends.
To learn more about Greg, watch his video clip.
Heather is a self-described “tom boy” who loves video games, comics, sci-fi and reading. One of her favorite pastimes is going to the library, though when she’s not enjoying a good book, she may be playing games with magic cards, another of her hobbies. Heather has a dry sense of humor and likes to make people laugh. They’re talents that make it easy to engage with adults, something this young teen enjoys (and wants) to do.
Calm environments work best for Heather, who thrives with structure and consistency. She is anxious to be adopted and to feel that special sense of belonging only a family can provide. Counselors say she will do best in a single-mom or two-mom family.
This spirited 14-year-old wants an adoptive parent(s) who will spend time with her and give her lots of attention. A family who has similar interests, such as computers and video games, playing board games, and reading would also be great, in her eyes. And for a young person who also loves animals, a pet is another family member she would truly enjoy.
To learn more about Heather, watch her video clip.