Child of the Month Archive




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Shantasia and I talked about what type of family she would like. Shantasia said she would like to be the only child so she can get all the attention :), she would like to have “snuggle time” and watch a movie or T.V. together, she likes to go to fun places as a family, she would like to do a mom and daughter day and get her nails done (she said she has not been to a nail salon before to get a manicure), she likes to talk to her caregiver when something is bothering her, she loves pets and is open to a family who has any type of pets, she likes to scrapbook, she would like to learn how to play the piano or saxophone.

For more information about Shantasia, contact:

Agency: Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact: Lisa Prokopius or Sandra Perciak
Telephone: (216) 635-3849 or (216) 881-4055
  






Selena
Birthdate: December 2010

Selena is an adorable child with a vivid imagination. Selena loves to play with her baby and Barbie dolls. She also enjoys playing with Legos, her electronics and doing arts and crafts. Selena needs a family who will keep her active but also provide structure and routine. Selena has a strong desire to belong and to be a part of a family.

Selena actively participates in weekly in-home therapy. She has an IEP to assist her with academics. Selena has dreams of becoming a Chef. She frequently plays kitchen and enjoys helping at meal time.

Selena would benefit from a family who is patient, strong, loving, and committed. Selena needs a forever home that can provide supervision and consistency. Are you the family for her?

For more information about Selena, contact:

Agency: Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact: Lisa Prokopius or Sandra Perciak
Telephone: (216) 635-3849 or (216) 881-4055
  


Ni'Layah
Birthdate: March 2005


Ni’Layah loves kisses on both cheeks and big hugs. She likes to ride on her school bus and play in the water when she takes a bath. She also loves to eat and gets a big smile on her face when she sees you preparing her food. Ni-Ni adores Cheetos, grits, chicken mcnuggets and cheeseburgers. Ni’Layah has a sweet personality, loves attention, and enjoys affection and spending time with her foster family. If she feels ignored, she will make noises until she gets your attention!

Ni’Layah is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and is on the Autism Spectrum. She is developmentally delayed and attends a specialized school to address her needs. Through her school she also receives Speech and Occupational Therapy. Ni’Layah is able to walk short distances and has braces for her legs. She also utilizes her wheelchair when traveling longer distances.

Ni’Layah likes to suck her thumb and tap her fingers. She makes raspberry noises and other various sounds, and also knows simple words like “no” and “ma”. Ni’Layah is very intelligent and understands a lot of what is going on around her. She struggles with expressing herself and communicating her needs. She needs an adoptive family that can advocate for her and meet her needs on every level.


Michael, Jamon, Jamarion and Talisha
Birthdates: March 2006, November 2009, August 2010

Michael, the oldest, is described as being energetic, a leader and smart. He enjoys riding his bike and jumping on the trampoline, and is becoming more into sports. Michael needs a family to keep him active and help him let off some of his energy. Michael has learned coping skills and ways to express himself appropriately. He also needs a family who will understand the impact the loss of losing his biological mother has on him.

Jamon is described as being very friendly, energetic and mischievous at times. He is currently in first grade and has been doing well overall and tries hard to earn “green” on his behavior management system. He is very affectionate to those he knows and loves. Jamon loves animals, trucks, playing with toys, and running around. He is very interested in superheroes. Jamon has some developmental needs as well as some medical needs, which prevent him from playing or engaging in physical contact sports.

Jamarion is a friendly, affectionate, and sweet young boy. He plays well by himself and has a pretty good attention span, but loves being with other people and interacting. He loves to do anything his brothers are doing, and has shown an interest in taking photos, stating “maybe he will be a photographer”. He is currently in first grade and is doing well.

These siblings are a joy to be around, are full of energy, and are bonded with each other as well as their older sister, Talisha. These four children want to be together, but we have not yet found one family for all four children. It is possible to keep all four siblings together, or to adopt only Talishia. If Talishia is adopted separately from the boys, our hope would be that any family considering her would also support and encourage a relationship with her brothers. 



Talishia
Birthdate: February 2003

Talishia is happy, inquisitive, and described as having a smile that can light up a room. She loves interacting and playing with her siblings and others. Talishia strives not to let her disabilities stop her from being a normal kid and does her best to do anything any other child can. While she is in a wheelchair, she loves to do as much as she can with the other kids!

Talishia’s favorite things include playing with dolls and mega-blocks, coloring, playing games with other kids and watching movies. During visits with her siblings, she loves when her brothers play with her, and likes to throw a ball with them. Talishia is always very grateful for the opportunities to go out and do things with her siblings. She always says please and thank you and shows excitement when she’s getting picked up! She is very friendly and will talk to anyone who will listen.

Talishia is part of a large sibling group. Talishia has three older sisters. One lives on her own, and two are being adopted by their foster parents. She also has three younger brothers named Michael, Jamon, and Jamarion, who have a photolisting on the AdoptUSKids website (SZH188128). These four children want to be together, but we have not yet found one family for all four children. It is possible to keep all four siblings together, or to adopt only Talishia. If Talishia is adopted separately from the boys, our hope would be that any family considering these her would also support and encourage a relationship with her brothers and sisters.

These siblings are a joy to be around, care for each other and are bonded well with each other. They each have their own individual personalities, strengths and needs. They are all very bonded with their current parents and each other.

Agency:   Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact:   Tanisha Barry or Molly Woods, Recruiter
Telephone:   216-881-2216 or 330-928-0044






July Child of the Month

DELSHAUN
Birthdate: January 2002


Delshaun is a very laid-back child. He enjoys creating things with his hands. One of his favorite things to make is paper airplanes. Delshaun also enjoys watching funny movies, drawing, listening to music, especially rock music and playing video games. His favorite sports are basketball and boxing.

Delshaun has a great relationship with his younger brother and enjoys hanging out with him. Delshaun would like to be placed with a family that has other children to continue to have that sibling relationship. He would also like a family who is willing to allow him to maintain contact with his brother.

Do you have room in your heart and home for Delshaun? If so, please contact:

Agency: Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact: Laura Fonseca or Allison Neumeister, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter
Telephone: 216-881-3565 or 330-802-3416






June Child of the Month

JAMALL
Birthdate: August, 2001


Jamall is a friendly, polite young man. He enjoys going to restaurants, playing video games, and watching movies. Jamall is developmentally disabled and will require a family that can advocate for his needs. He would love to find a permanent family that will be there to guide him into his future. Jamall would do best in a family in which he is the youngest child. He does best with firm structure and routines.

Jamall would love to become a member of a family and is open to getting to know people. He is a wonderful young man that needs a family to give him a chance at a bright future. If you think you can be that family for Jamall, please contact the number below for more information.

Agency: Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact: Stephanie Novak, WWK Recruiter or Norreen Thomas
Telephone: (330) 802-3418 or (216) 881-4662
AUK #ZH187477227






May Child of the Month

J’KWON
Birthdate: April 2007


J'Kwon is an active and energetic young man with an infectious smile and laugh. He needs a family who understands this and will give him the opportunity to run around and play! He does well in school, and enjoys sports, especially basketball. He also likes playing with his toys, Transformers, Avengers and being around other children. He enjoys being outside, playing tag, and experiencing new things. J’Kwon responds well to positive reinforcement, clear expectations, and likes to have positive attention from his caregivers.

J’Kwon would thrive with a family who understands his past trauma and will give him a sense of security to move forward and work through his past! J’Kwon has one older sister and two younger brothers that he will ideally have continued contact with after adoption. He would do best in a home as an only child or the youngest child since he can struggle with competition among peers.

Are you J’Kwon’s forever family? For more information please call:

Agency: Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact: Molly Woods WWK worker or Mary Blue
Telephone: (330) 802-6911 OR (216) 881-4124






April Child of the Month

DANIEL
Birthdate: October 200
6

Danny is a fun loving boy. He loves to play with Legos and to go places with family and friends. He enjoys going out to eat and trying new things, he loves all kinds of food! Danny often sings along with the radio and loves to dance. He likes to run around and enjoys getting to go to new places. He would benefit from a family that has structure and could provide him with unconditional love. Danny is a very caring and kind child, although he needs direction and guidance. Danny has had some medical challenges in his life and would benefit from a family who will keep him active and healthy. Like any child, Danny has some challenges but will flourish with support, love and attention.

Agency: Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact: Gina Holderbaum, WWK Worker or Angella Bishop-McLaren
Telephone: (330) 801-6560 or (216) 653-3848






February Child of the Month

ANTWONET AND ANTWON
Birthdate: May 2008 and August 2009


Antwonet and Antwon are like two peas in a pod. They both have outgoing personalities and enjoy everything in the moment. They share a close bond and are good friends as well. Both Antwonet and Anwon enjoy watching cartoons and playing video games.

Both children appear to be quiet at first meet and it takes Antwon a bit longer to warm up and open up. But once they get to know you you’ll wonder how they were able to keep those big personalities under wraps! With two big personalities under one roof, life is full of adventure and the usual mishaps to boot. Both of the children have identified a renewed interest in school however both struggle in one way or another.

These darlings need a strong parental unit with a great support system willing to provide guidance, support, nurturing and encouragement. If you are a strong family that is willing to open your home to this sibling group, please contact the assigned worker.

Agency: Cuyahoga County DCFS
Contact: Lisa Garner, Child Centered Recruiter or RaShona McCombs
Telephone: 216-881-4690 or 216-881-2758