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Monday, October 12, 2009

Matching Monday's: Washington Edition

Probably many of you read and love Mrs. R. at The R House. She does this great thing every Monday where she features children who are waiting to be adopted out of the foster care system on her blog. Recently, she asked for bloggers who would do the same, focusing on their own states. I am delighted to join the Matching Monday team and bring you for the first time ever:

Matching Monday: Washington Edition

To learn more about any of these children, click on their photo.

age 15

You all know I have a special place in my heart for carrot tops don't you?

Bright, attractive, and engaging, ANTHONY (5/94) is an endearing teenager who can be tons of fun. He has a good sense of humor and relates well to adults and to peers. The ease with which he displays good manners in public is nice asset. One of his favorite activities is going out to theaters to see movies. Other pastimes are riding his bike, playing video games and basketball, and spending time with kids in the neighborhood. An avid Mariners fan, he loves baseball. Last year he had the opportunity to go to a Mariners game with seats by home plate. He met the Moose (the team mascot), and received a team jersey. He loved it!

His social worker is most interested in talking with prospective adoptive folks who are adept at using redirection and non-authoritarian ways of parenting to achieve positive results. Anthony really needs to be the youngest or only child in his adoptive family.

age 8
JAMES (11/00) is charming, engaging, and social, and he has some other nice strengths, too. He has a good sense of curiosity about the world around him. He takes pride in his appearance and belongings. He enjoys school and is very friendly, often saying hello to everyone who walks by. At his group home, he has done well as one of the younger kids in his cottage and is well liked by staff. He does well with adults in general, especially those who model healthy behavior and boundaries, and interact with him with patience and encouragement. This is a boy who loves to have even a small step forward praised and acknowledged. A big fan of super heroes, James especially loves Batman and Spiderman. He also enjoys collecting Hotwheels. With his love of the water, he enjoys fishing and is currently having fun learning to swim. Among his favorite activities are riding his bike, playing soccer, tossing a Frisbee, and playing video games. He also loves to listen to music.

Because James is so drawn to men, his worker is particularly interesting in hearing from couples where there is a strong, positive dad figure. James would do best as the only child or as the younger of two siblings.

age 5

Kenny has been making wonderful strides over the last months. He is now talking in complete sentences and can make his wishes known (he will tell you if he is tired of doing something). He loves music, playing outside – and he has mastered his two wheeler bike – without the training wheels!

Kenny went to summer school in preparation for starting Kindergarten this fall and it is reported that he knows his colors, shapes, letters and can count to 20. He copies his name and has good gross motor skills, and is well coordinated.

Kenny, who is eligible for DD services, has symptoms characteristic of children who have autism.

Kenny has been with his current foster parents, with his sister, since March 2006. Because the foster parents are in their 60s, they feel they cannot be a permanent resource for Kenny.

Kenny’s social worker is particularly interested in hearing from prospective adoptive parents who have the energy, desire, and commitment to learn to care for and raise a child who offers the challenges and pluses that Kenny brings with him. If there is a family out there who is informed about autism, maybe experienced in raising a child with this condition, and is interested in hearing more about Kenny, we urge you to get in touch with us.


  1. Thanks for doing this! I love hearing about these children, though is breaks my heart at the same time. We are taking the PRIDE training classes soon for Foster Care and look forward to learning more about these special children.

  2. Oh, and feel free to add our adoption blog to this site. http://rickandbonniefamily.blogspot.com

  3. If I have a child I want to sell, may I post it on here for a price? I mean this is like a virtual flea market to buy you a family! Wow, I'm truly amazed and in awe that someone would actually do this to a child. This is nothing more than slavery. You are buying and selling a human being. That was abolished in the 1800s but here it is rearing it's ugly head once again. Can you even imagine the humiliation a child would feel if a classmate came up and said they saw his or her picture on a website for sale? OMG, this is so humiliating and I want to know what on God's green earth made you think of such a horrible thing to do. The internet is filled with liars and perverts. Some have no record because they never got caught. What if one of those types of people buys one of your children? How would you feel? What would you say to them when they come back to you wanting to know WHY you sold them to be a sex slave? Sorry kid but we needed the money. Too bad. Too sad but not my problem. How do you sleep at night? If you think that this is a GOOD thing, you're wrong. These are human beings, not merchandise. This is too sick.

  4. Divotdawg, perhaps you didn't read the post very closely. These children are not for sale! They are in the foster care system. They want very much to be adopted, and the older ones are well aware that their pictures are on the NW Adoption Exchange site. THEY ARE SEARCHING FOR A FAMILY AND USING THE INTERNET TO DO IT! I AM HELPING THEM.

    Please take your ignorance elsewhere.