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Daniel loves electronics! One of his all-time favorite outings is going to Fred Meyer and hanging out in the Electronics Department, which gives him a chance to explore! He quickly figures things out and displays a natural brilliance with technology. Daniel’s case manager describes him enthusiastically as an “amazing, amazing little boy!”
An active child, Daniel enjoys climbing trees and riding his bike outdoors as well as playing math-related games, board games and Minecraft indoors. He also likes to create and build with Legos. And when it comes to puzzles, the more pieces the better! Daniel is also a fan of playing soccer, basketball, and a few other team sports. Extremely bright and inquisitive, Daniel has a lively sense of curiosity and is a good reader.
A family that has a good understanding of how to support children with attention challenges and who have lots of energy (and sometimes an impulsive spirit) would be the best fit for Daniel. His case worker says parents who are not prone to an authoritative parenting style (and have the time to attentively sit down and rationally explain situations and responses) would be ideal. When Daniel understands directions, he follows them impeccably. Parenting this sensitive, but impassioned young man involves a lot of time and attentive effort, so it’s important that parent(s) have strong outlets to relax and rejuvenate.
Daniel does best in a small classroom with lots of supervision and coaching. He will continue to benefit from support academically and help with developing his social skills even more, while he also works on how to best respond to new situations. Lately, Daniel has really come out of his shell, laughing more and joking around! He enjoys making new friends, connecting with people, and sharing. Daniel’s case worker hopes to hear from warm, nurturing couples who have the desire to make a real difference in the life of a boy who longs to have a family that will stick by his side.
To learn more about Daniel, watch his video clip.
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.
Photography by Christina Klas.
To learn more about Darrianne, watch her video clip.
Evan enjoys outdoor activities like swimming, playing soccer and other sports. He also likes to create structures with Legos and focus on a good board game. He loves one-on-one time with the significant adults in his life, especially if they’re up for outdoor activities.
This bright young man strives to be successful every day. Because he is a concrete thinker (and learner), giving him directions and information in very concrete ways, and avoiding nuance and subtlety, gives him an important sense of control and eases his tendency to get frustrated. Evan also responds extremely well when he has daily encouragement, praise, and lots of ‘attaboys’ for good behavior and a job well done. Clear and predictable routines are also a big help for him.
Evan engages positively with peers and adults, especially when he has a caring, patient, calm adult nearby to help him stay on track or to redirect him if he needs assistance. A good example of this is how much he enjoys assisting teachers with tasks whenever possible. Evan learns from experience, and it is really important that his parent(s) allow him extra time to process situations and give additional reminders about what is expected of him.
While Evan’s past academic performance has been described as “stellar,” to enjoy the success that he seeks, he must have parent(s) who will collaborate with his teachers and school in order to ensure that he has the behavioral supports that help him do well and lots of opportunities for academic growth.
Having parent(s) who are strong role models for healthy interpersonal relationships will be important for Evan. Couples and single moms and dads who have experience with children who have a history of trauma, and who truly want to make a difference in this child’s life would be ideal. It is likely that Evan may continue to exhibit signs of traumatic stress until he is able to find a nurturing, permanent family who will open their hearts and home to him, and be fully supportive in the healing process. Evan's caseworker would like to hear from families with an approved homestudy and a home where he would be the only child or the youngest.
To learn more about Evan, watch his video clip.
Photo by Helen Fong Photography
Eythan is a boy of many interests. In addition to being a rock hunter, he’s also an unwavering animal lover and a curious guy who likes to take things apart and put them back together. He also enjoys beading necklaces, playing video games, riding his bike and watching football.
A middle school student, Eythan is doing well in his studies. He receives additional support to help with academic needs and maintaining good behavior. In the past, he has found school to be a lonely place and has voiced that he didn't feel like he in because they “haven’t been through what [he’s] been through.” Because Eythan’s early years were very traumatic, he has a team of folks who have helped him work through many challenging behaviors and continue to support him as he matures.
Since Eythan responds very well to men, his social worker is eager to hear from a family with at least one dad. Eythan would do best as the only child or with a much older sibling. Most importantly, Eythan needs a family that can provide lots of patience, guidance, nurturing and love.
Faith is a friendly, outgoing twelve-year-old. She feels right at home in the outdoors and is a big fan of camping, swimming and jumping on a trampoline. But she’s not just sporty, she’s expressive. Pink and purple are her favorite colors and she loves to sing and dance.
Because Faith has often had to change schools, she is working to catch up on her academics. She needs a parent(s) who can be a strong advocate for her education and provide her with support and encouragement. Faith does well with structure, a predictable daily routine and clear rules. It would be helpful for her parents to have a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies. She will also benefits from having positive role models who demonstrate healthy relationships, boundaries and personal safety skills.
Being willing to participate with Faith in counseling will be an important way for her parent(s) to show their love and commitment to her. It would also demonstrate that they value using such resources to deal with past hurts and to move forward. Faith’s social worker would like to hear from couples or single moms. She also feels that Faith will do best as the only child or as the youngest. Faith is ready for adoption and ready to be part of a nurturing, committed family.
To learn more about Faith, watch her video clip.
Gabby is a sweet 17-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.
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.
Isaiah is a happy, engaging boy with a good sense of humor. He enjoys reading, building with Legos, playing board games and collecting Yu Gi Oh cards. While he sometimes needs to be encouraged to be physically active, Isaiah really enjoys biking. He also likes playing outside with neighborhood kids, going to splash pad parks, walking trails and activities with the Boys and Girls Club.
Isaiah receives additional help at school and reads aloud to his foster parents every day. His reading and comprehension skills have improved significantly. He says his favorite subject is math.
Isaiah’s social worker is seeking a fun-loving, two-parent family that will provide experiences for growth and laughter to this darling boy. His adoptive parents should have a good grasp of how trauma and neglect can impact a child’s sense of safety and well-being. They need to be united in their parenting, with patience, caring and nurturing. They also need to be willing to provide the structure and consistency that helps Isaiah feel safe and secure. Parenting with lots of praise and encouragement, to continue to help him build his self-esteem. will be critical too. Being strong educational advocates will be especially important in helping Isaiah succeed in the classroom.
Isaiah would do well as an only child or as the youngest with an older sibling who can be a good role model. Isaiah would like to stay in contact with his younger sister, who is placed with a pre-adoptive family. His birth grandmother would like to continue to have contact with him as well.
To learn more about Isaiah, watch his video clip.