Waiting Children at a Glance

If you are interested in adopting one of these children or would like more information, please contact Diakon Adoption and Foster Care at one of our local offices or visit the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange Website at www.adoptpakids.org

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Christian, 18

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Christian.

Interests: Christian is dreaming of a forever family that will "get him." He explained that to him an ideal forever family would not judge him and will accept him for who he is. Christian is described as a very likeable teenage boy who quickly makes friends and has a playful sense of humor.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Tim, 11

Type of Family Sought: Experienced committed single or two parent families.

Interests: Tim is a young boy who describes himself as nice, funny and smart. His favorite movies are The Sandlot and How to Eat Fried Worms and his favorite television show is Zoey 101. Tim enjoys listening to music and his favorite musician is rapper Lil Wayne.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Connor, 16

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Connor.

Interests: Connor is a uniquely gifted and talented young man who is loving and caring, especially to his younger brother with whom he has a special bond. Connor has a high energy level and is constantly staying busy. He does well in his classes.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Damien, 11

Type of Family Sought: Experienced committed single or two parent family.

Interests: Damien is a good athlete and he plays football. His favorite positions are safety/guard. Damien is good at art especially drawing. He would like to learn to skate and play hockey. Damien is a good kid because he can keep others and himself safe.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

George, 16

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for George.

Interests: George is a young man with a wonderful sense of humor. He is very bright and independent. He has a fondness for military history and gym class. George loves to outside and active. He has an interest in many different sports. He also enjoys quiet time playing video games or reading.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Stefan, 14

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Stefan.

Interests: Stefan needs a family who will be supportive throughout his life and who can set clear guidelines he can follow on a daily basis. He is loving, energetic and playful with a big grin and sparkling brown eyes. He enjoys playing with action figures,watching television and riding his bike.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Rusti, 14

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Rusti.

Interests: Rusti enjoys watching Disney movies and listening to music, particularly country and pop. Rusti likes Hello Kitty, anything about pop culture and playing her Nintendo DS. She loves acting and singing and is not afraid to try new things.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Dallas, 15

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Dallas.

Interests: Dallas is a healthy and active young man. He has brown hair and brown eyes. His favorite foods are pizza, chicken sandwiches, ice cream and no bake cookies. Dallas loves the outdoors.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Tyler, 19

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Tyler.

Interests: Tyler is a fun young man who enjoys laughing. He likes to listen to music and play board games. Tyler loves the outdoors especially swimming and camping.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Walter, 15

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Walter.

Interests: Walter is a friendly young man. He has a good sense of humor and enjoys making others laugh. He likes sports and enjoys playing football and soccer. Walter also enjoys riding his bicycle and playing video and board games.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Alexa, 13

Type of Family Sought: Experienced committed single or two parent family.

Interests: Alexa would love a family where she can have older brothers and sisters to look up to. She has been told that she is inquisitive, charming, and outgoing. She likes to be friendly and helpful.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

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Sean, 14

Type of Family Sought: Sean needs a committed family who will patiently and lovingly help him work through the significant losses he has experienced. Sean shines under strong guidance and responds well to structure and consistency. He is legally free for adoption. Preferential consideration will be given to experienced families.

Interests: Sean has a beautiful smile. He enjoys building and "excavating" things and playing video games. Sean likes to be active, notably by playing sports with peers. He finds fun in all the seasons, especially swimming a lot in the summer and playing in the snow in the winter. Sean has a great attitude even though he has been through a lot of hardship in his life. Sean is intrigued by snakes and would like to have one as a pet.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 351-9290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Michael, 17

Type of Family Sought: Michael dreams of a forever family that includes a mom and dad, older brothers, and a puppy! He is looking forward to riding bikes with his new family. All families will be considered. Michael is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Michael loves to laugh and is easy to talk to. His favorite things to do are running track, singing, and dancing! He also enjoys helping others and has spent time volunteering. Michael looks forward to volunteering again at an animal shelter. Michael has big plans for his future as he wants to be involved in the fashion industry and/or theatre. One day he hopes to work in NYC and Paris. He does well in school and passes all his classes. His favorite school subject is history.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 351-9290
kolcunm@diakon.org

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Andrew, 10

Type of Family Sought: Andrew requires parents who would be able to spend a lot of time with him, providing him with structure, routine, and supervision. Andrew would be the youngest child in the home with no pets.

Interests: Andrew describes himself as athletic and friendly. He enjoys sports, especially football and basketball. He also swims, rides quads, and plays video games. He loves doing artwork. Andrew likes being with peers and he is learning how to be a good friend.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 351-9290
kolcunm@diakon.org

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Justin, 10

Type of Family Sought: Justin requires parents who would be able to spend a lot of time with him, providing him with structure, routine, and supervision. He would be the youngest child in the home with no pets.

Interests: Justin is a busy boy who enjoys swimming, riding his bike, playing basketball, and going to the library. He likes watching cartoons along with playing video games. Justin is fond of going outdoors to play with peers. He is learning how to be a good friend.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 351-9290
kolcunm@diakon.org

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Nicolas, 10

Type of Family Sought: Nicolas requires parents who would be able to spend a lot of time with him, providing him with structure, routine, and supervision. He would be the youngest child in the home with no pets.

Interests: Nicolas is an outspoken lad who enjoys riding his bike, being outdoors, and playing football. He likes cartoons and Sponge Bob has been one of his favorite characters. Nicolas also appreciates time with peers and he is learning how to be a good friend.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 351-9290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Brittany, 16

Type of Family Sought: Brittany would like a two parent family located in a rural area. Because she thrives on one-on-one attention, Brittany feels that being the only child would be the best for her. The most important thing to Brittany is finding a family who will accept her for who she is and provide her with stability, understanding, and unconditional love. All families will be considered. Brittany is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Brittany is a high-spirited teenager who loves the outdoors and country music. Some of her favorite activities include climbing trees, riding her bike, and swimming. She loves animals, especially horses. Brittany knows how to ride bareback! Although Brittany has the heart of a tomboy, she also enjoys the "girly" things in life, such as getting her hair done, shopping, and the color pink. Brittany appreciates being needed and desires to be helpful also. She does best when she is included in what others around her are doing and she thrives when she is positively encouraged and praised.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 351-9290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Emilia, 17

Type of Family Sought: Emilia would benefit from an active family who would give her lots of guidance and support. A strong feminine female influence would be a plus.

Interests: Emilia is a bubbly, feminine young lady. She enjoys arts and crafts, music, shopping, and socializing. She has completed 11th grade learning support classes. She would like to be a nurse's aide in the future.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 351-9290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Latasha, 14

Type of Family Sought: Latasha would benefit from a stable, loving and engaging family who will allow Latasha to be her own person while guiding her along the way in life. All families will be considered. She is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Latasha is an easy-going, impressionable girl with a quiet nature and shy smile. She especially enjoys reading, notably fantasies and vampire stories. She also likes animals, particularly horses. Latasha has completed 7th grade classes. She works diligently to do her best.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 351-9290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Chris, 12

Type of Family Sought: Chris would prefer a mom and dad, single mom or single dad. He would do best with a family who can provide structure and has parenting experience. Chris would do well with pets and siblings his age or older. All families will be considered. Chris is not yet legally free for adoption.

Interests: Chris is a wonderful young man who enjoys a variety of activities including video games, matchbox cars, Legos, and riding his bike. He also likes watching football; his team is the Green Bay Packers. Chris has a unique sense of humor that becomes evident once you get to know him. He is currently in contact with several members of his birth family from the Johnstown area with whom he would like to keep in contact.

Please Contact
Kathryn Juliana
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Child Specific Recruiter
(717) 795-0479
julianak@diakon.org

Tonya, 17

Type of Family Sought: Tonya has stated that she would like to stay in western Pennsylvania as she wants to maintain contact with her mother who resides in a nursing home. All families will be considered. Tonya is not yet legally free for adoption.

Interests: Tonya is a very upbeat young lady who enjoys art, drawing, crocheting, writing poetry and writing in her journal. She is caring and empathetic to all living creatures, big or small and loves working with small children and animals. Tonya is responsible and enjoys her part time job of walking dogs. Upon graduating from high school, she plans to continue her education through college. She would like to one day work with others and help them to overcome the challenges in their lives, possibly as a therapist.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Lexis, 13

Type of Family Sought: Any family interested in working with Lexis will need to be open to working with youth who have been sexually abused. Due to some of her needs, Lexis' team is unwilling to consider any family who have younger children in the home.

Interests: Lexis is an energetic young lady who is quick to warm up to new people. Naturally chatty, she enjoys attention from adults and wants to help out wherever she can. Lexis says she is an "animal lover" and considers dogs, cats and guinea pigs among her favorites. There are many animals in her current foster home and she likes to introduce people to each animal. Lexis likes school and looks forward to it each day. She started a new school this year and does well with the structure and routine of the school year. After school, Lexis enjoys coloring and playing board games. She likes to watch cartoons and movies with others and when the weather is nice, she likes nothing more than going on camping trips. She looks forward to the summer months when she can swim and ride her bike.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

James, 17

Type of Family Sought: Family is something that James takes very seriously. To him "family" means LOVE, RESPECT, and COMPROMISE. If he would find a family, he would like a family that enjoys spending time together, respects one another, shows love and does fun stuff.

Interests: James enjoys spending his spare time outdoors doing yard work. He is currently in the 11th grade and enjoys going to school because it is a positive thing to do. His favorite subjects are health and gym. In his free time he likes to play basketball, football and watch hockey, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. In regards to his spiritual beliefs, he believes that God and church are extremely important. He is proud of being a volunteer firefighter and would like to work in a big city fire hall when he grows up. He has a strong relationship with his birth mother and sister and it is very important that he continues to have a relationship with them.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Jason, 14

Type of Family Sought: Jason wants to find a committed and loving forever family. He would like to have siblings and pets but would do best in a home where he is the youngest or only child. He needs a family who will help him through his grieving process and understand that bonding will take time.

Interests: Jason is a young man with an inviting smile and warm personality. He is kindhearted, personable and can be quiet at times. Jason enjoys watching movies, playing video games and playing outside. He enjoys fishing, swimming and exploring the outdoors. Jason is very competitive and has a lot of determination to succeed.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Jaleah, 15

Type of Family Sought: Jaleah needs a family who is committed to caring for her and providing her the structure and positive support she needs. She needs a family who will be patient and guide her to make good choices. All families will be considered for Jaleah. She is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Jaleah is an active young lady who enjoys cheerleading and attending high school football and basketball games. She is also an avid reader and likes attending school. Her favorite subjects math, reading, science and social studies. Jaleah aspires to go to college and be a teacher someday. She enjoys writing in her journal and spending time with friends. Jaleah takes pride in her appearance and enjoys styling her hair. She also likes watching television and listening to music.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Barry, 16

Type of Family Sought: Barry's number one wish in life is to have a family that will love him forever. He needs a home with structure, a consistent schedule, and parents with patience and most importantly love. He hopes to find a family who will encourage his goals for the future. When asked about adoption, Barry said "yes, I want to be adopted, if possible I want to be adopted soon".

Interests: Barry is a creative young man who wants people to know about his love for art and his desire to one day become recognized as an artist. He enjoys creating things with his hands and recently discovered a love of calligraphy. He is very proud of his baseball card collection and enjoys showing off some of his rarer cards. He's quick to show-off his collection to people meeting him for the first time. Barry tells people that he hopes to become an art professor. He aspires to go to a college for art and design and has done some research into which school might be the best fit for him.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Carly, 14

Type of Family Sought: Carly would like to have a family that has no other children. Race does not matter to her. She wants a family that is into electronics and also likes being outside. She would like them to be Christians. Carly also would like to remain in Pennsylvania.

Interests: Carly likes to go shopping, hiking, and she loves to play on her iPod. She is a dog type of person and would love to live on a farm. She would also like to live in the city too. Carly likes to travel by car because airplanes scare her. She doesn't like fish; only crab legs and shrimp. She is allergic to strawberries, cocoa butter and dust. Her favorite design is cheetah print. She says she is expensive. She hopes everything works out for her because not everything is "perfect."

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Darcy, 17

Type of Family Sought: Darcy would like to live on a farm, not only because there is always stuff to do on a farm, but because she is a "country girl" and is very proud of her boots. She says that she can adjust to anywhere and it doesn't have to be a farm, but that she would prefer to stay in a small town or rural setting.

Interests: Darcy is a quiet and kind young lady who enjoys singing and dancing. She is an Elvis fan and can sing along to most of his songs, particularly songs from his early years. She wants people to know that she likes more modern music as well and includes Taylor Swift as a favorite. Darcy likes to play sports, especially hockey, football, and basketball. She enjoys pitching in and helping out around the house. Darcy says that she likes to stay busy because it keeps her from getting bored and she is not deterred by chores.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

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Stephen, 16

Type of Family Sought: Stephen would like a two parent traditional family or a single mom. Any race family is fine.

Interests: Stephen enjoys basketball, football and video games. He also enjoys playing Uno and Monopoly. He likes to watch movies and particularly enjoys action movies and some comedies. Stephen will be in 10th grade this fall and attends a learning support classroom. His favorite foods are ice cream, desserts, macaroni & cheese, and pizza. He enjoys helping his foster mom around the house.

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

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Nicole, 15

Type of Family Sought: Nicole would like a two parent family preferably in the suburbs. Older youth in the home or close to her age are fine. She wants a family who is family oriented but would also respect her need for privacy.

Interests: Nicole is a typical teenager who enjoys shopping, hanging out with friends, movies, music, singing, dancing, baking, and cooking. She enjoys animals, dogs and cats, swimming and dislikes winter.

Please Contact
Helene Kosciolek
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(610) 682-1564
kosciolekh@diakon.org

Jackie, 15

Type of Family Sought: Jackie needs a family with experience parenting children with PDD, lots of patience and no children her age or younger in the home.

Interests: Jackie is an energetic young lady who enjoys interacting with others, playing on her iPad, coloring, doing puzzles, swimming, and watching movies. Jackie has been diagnosed with PDD, cognitive impairments and PTSD.

Please Contact
Helene Kosciolek
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(610) 682-1564
kosciolekh@diakon.org

Mark, 13

Type of Family Sought: Mark is interested in a family who is family oriented and will participate in activities with him. He would like a family who would show him respect. Family with children his age or older is preferred.

Interests: Mark is well mannered, has a good personality, but does struggle with staying on task. He is doing well in school and can advocate well for himself. He has had success using his coping skills. He enjoys board games and sports. Rice, bananas, fruits and vegetables are his favorite foods.

Please Contact
Helene Kosciolek
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(610) 682-1564
kosciolekh@diakon.org

Frank, 14

Type of Family Sought: Frank's needs would be best served if he were the youngest or only child in a family. All families will be considered.

Interests: Frank is an intelligent African American boy who can be polite and thoughtful. He has completed a gifted 7th grade program (school year 2013-2014). Frank enjoys drawing, playing sports, and reading; especially science fiction. He has a great imagination and dreams of exciting things for himself for the future.

Please Contact
Helene Kosciolek
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(610) 682-1564
kosciolekh@diakon.org

Thomas, 16

Type of Family Sought: Thomas is open to both traditional and non-traditional families. He would benefit from one on one attention. There should be no younger children in the family.

Interests: Thomas is a relaxed 16 year old who enjoys the outdoors, fishing and swimming. Thomas states he doesn't like school but he does like science experiments and social studies classes. Thomas enjoys cooking and baking, video games, and movies. Thomas has completed 9th grade emotional support classes.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 3519290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Leila, 13

Type of Family Sought: Leila requires a lot of supervision and direction. She should be the only child in the family. No pets.

Interests: Leila is a feminine, fashionable, and very active girl. She enjoys dancing, arts and crafts projects, cooking, and cheerleading. She does okay in school and has completed 7th grade emotional support classes.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 3519290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Jerome, 11

Type of Family Sought: An experienced committed two parent family would be the best for Jerome.

Interests: Jerome is a very intelligent and creative young man. He loves helping others and often seeks out tasks that would support others or give him the opportunity to be the "assistant". He enjoys being active and on the go.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Tara, 13

Type of Family Sought: Tara and Grace have a typical sibling relationship filled with love, friendship, and rivalry. Tara and Grace would benefit from a loving and stable family where they could be placed together and continue to work toward their fullest potential. All families will be considered for this sibling group.

Interests: Tara is a sweet 13 year old girl who enjoys sports, school, and crafts. She makes friends easily and enjoys positive attention. Grace is a friendly 11 year old girl who enjoys crafts and singing. She is a resilient young girl and that responds well to positive reinforcement.

Please Contact
Helene Kosciolek
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(610) 682-1564
kosciolekh@diakon.org

Traquan, 15

Type of Family Sought: Traquan is open to all types of families of any race. He does not have a preference regarding the type of environment he lives in, however he would prefer to remain in Pennsylvania or close to Pennsylvania. He would like having siblings to interact with. Traquan has an older brother he would like to maintain contact with.

Interests: Traquan is a smart young man. He usually is quiet and shy at first but then he tends to be outgoing afterwards. He is eager to learn and asks lots of questions. He is also a good debater. Traquan loves sports and enjoys playing football, baseball, wrestling, dirt bike racing, and skateboarding. His favorite professional football team is the Steelers. He also enjoys playing video games and watching movies. He also enjoys collecting cars.

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

Emonie, 16

Type of Family Sought: Emonie is open to any type of family, however she would prefer a single mom. She is also open to any race of family. She does not care what type of neighborhood she would live in. She would do well with older siblings. Emonie would like a family who is supportive and patient and would help her in securing an education. She has biological siblings who she is very close with and it is important for her to stay connected with them.

Interests: Emonie is a beautiful young lady with a winning smile. She has a big heart and is very creative. She describes herself as funny and a leader. She is also a good teacher, good communicator and a honest person. Emonie is interested in scrap-booking and crocheting. She has even taught some of her friends to crochet. In the past she has been involved in drill team and praise dancing. She uses art and music to help her when she is stressed. She hopes in the future to be involved in cosmetology and fashion.

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

Will, 14

Type of Family Sought: Will may do best as the youngest or only child. He wants a family that will give him unconditional love and support. All families will be considered. He is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Will is a quiet and reserved young man until he opens up to others around him. His three favorite things are fishing, video games and football! He loves all sports and follows New York teams. He enjoys being busy and active and would like to try new activities with you!

Please Contact
Kathryn Juliana
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Child Specific Recruiter
(717) 795-0479
julianak@diakon.org

Samira, 12

Type of Family Sought: Samira is open to a single mom or possibly a mom and dad. She is open to any race family. She is also open to any type of neighborhood; however she would like other kids to play with. Samira would do well with older siblings but she struggles with younger kids. She is not aggressive with them, she just struggles with wanting attention. She does desire to stay in contact with her adult sister who lives in Philadelphia.

Interests: Samira is smart, talkative, and engaging. She is also funny, friendly, and intuitive. On the other hand, she can be emotional at times and a perfectionist. Samira is interested in swimming, basketball, arts and crafts, music, dancing, singing and playing games (card, board, video).

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

Moneise, 17

Type of Family Sought: Moneise would do best in a home with a single mother. She enjoys younger children and would like the family to be Christian and attend church regularly. She loves animals and does well with animals of all kinds. Moneise would prefer to live in the city. It is important Moneise's forever family be very nurturing and structured with the ability to have fun.

Interests: Moneise is a fun-loving young lady. She enjoys eating, listening to gospel music, reading, basketball, cooking and being playful. Her favorite show is "Meet the Browns." Monseise is young at heart and looking for a family who will enjoy her playful spirit. She hopes to play basketball on a school team in the future. Moneise currently attends a specialized school for children with emotional difficulties. She does well academically in this structured setting.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 3519290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Joseph, 14

Type of Family Sought: Joey would do best in a two parent family. Joey wishes to be adopted and have a family that will provide him with unconditional love. All families will be considered for Joey. He is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Joey is a fun-loving, caring and energetic young man. He loves the game of football, whether he is watching or playing. His two favorite professional teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. Joey has played on a football team in the past. He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing. Joey likes spending time with children his own age and also enjoys caring for younger children. He enjoys school and does well in regular education classes at school and earns average to above average grades. Joey is a resilient boy and has had several close relationships with past foster families.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Bobby, 15

Type of Family Sought: Bobby would do best in a two-parent home with one parent working from home or is a homemaker as Bobby is active and is in need of assistance frequently. Bobby would thrive in a family that offers structure and consistent supervision. All families will be considered.

Interests: Bobby is a sweet and funny boy. He loves the Philadelphia Eagles and enjoys being outside. Bobby is very affectionate and enjoys giving and receiving hugs. Bobby is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and a brain injury which places him in the severe cognitive delay range. Bobby is currently enrolled in a multiple disabilities learning support classroom and loves to go to school.

Please Contact
Kathryn Juliana
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Child Specific Recruiter
(717) 795-0479
julianak@diakon.org

Derrick, 17

Type of Family Sought: Derrick would prefer to live in a more urban environment and would be comfortable with just a mom, just a dad, or both. Derrick is eager to become a part of a forever family.

Interests: Derrick is an outgoing teenager who describes himself as athletic and social as well as someone who has "style." In school, math and science are his two favorite subjects, but outside of school Derrick enjoys reading a wide variety of books. He has expressed an interest in possibly enlisting in the Marine Corps. Derrick has a very creative side to him. He writes poetry and song lyrics as a way to help him process and express the thoughts, feelings and memories that he has.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Christopher, 16

Type of Family Sought: Christopher is originally from Haiti, but has lived in Pennsylvania for the last seven years. Christopher would love to find a permanent home where he will be surrounded by a family who can give him unconditional love and support and who he can trust to be there for him forever.

Interests: Christopher is a quiet and shy young man when first meeting new people. However, once he is comfortable, it doesn't take long before you see his bright smile and great sense of humor. He enjoys watching sports both on TV and in person, especially soccer, baseball, football, and ice hockey. Most of all, Christopher has a love for soccer and has participated in various soccer programs throughout his youth. Everyone who meets Christopher is drawn in by his infectious personality.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Terrel, 15

Type of Family Sought: Terrel would prefer a family with a mom and a dad, but is open to other types of families. He would love to have pets! Terrel would like to stay in contact with his adult sister in the Harrisburg area. All families will be considered.

Interests: Terrel is an energetic and creative young man who describes himself as helpful, caring, and giving. Terrel likes video games and playing football, but most of all he loves to be busy! He especially enjoys the attention of caring adults. Terrel also loves animals and would love to be involved in caring for pets!

Please Contact
Kathryn Juliana
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Child Specific Recruiter
(717) 795-0479
julianak@diakon.org

Joey, 15

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered.

Interests: Joey is a fun spirited and loving teenager with brown hair and brown eyes. Joey loves receiving attention and being nurtured by adults. He is quick to smile and enjoys being a teenager.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Ngor, 13

Type of Family Sought: Ngor would do well in a family who can provide her with a variety of activities to engage in. She loves to have her hair styled, and would really like a family who can work with her African American hair or that is willing to take her to have her hair done.

Interests: Ngor enjoys swimming and horseback riding, both of which she has done a lot of through school and camps she has attended. Ngor likes having her finger nails painted and playing dress up with makeup and clothes. She really enjoys looking and feeling pretty. Ngor is autistic and loves to stay busy with lots of planned activities. She likes to be included in household activities and to be around people even if she is just sitting and listening to music. Ngor is very helpful and will often ask to help with household chores. Nogor loves school and has been able to identify school as a place she feels safe and enjoys going to. She interacts well with her peers and prefers to be around other children who have an autistic diagnosis.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Xzaiver, 13

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Xzaiver. He would do well in a home where he is the youngest or only child. He is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Xzaiver is a sweet and friendly young boy. He enjoys playing board games, Jenga and Go Fish, as well as drawing and coloring. He also knows some pretty awesome card tricks he would be happy to teach you. Xzaiver likes being outdoors and enjoys many sports, including fishing, bowling and basketball. He would love to show off his dribbling skills to his new family. Although he may be shy and quiet at first, Xzaiver can quickly warm up and show you his active, playful side. He is polite and will jump at the chance to be helpful.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Tina, 16

Type of Family Sought: Tina has gone through a lot in her life. She wants to connect with people and the world around her, but she does not always know how. She wants to be a part of a loving, supportive family.

Interests: Tina is a pleasant young lady who likes to be around other people and is quick to smile. She stays active by running and swimming. She has also competed in these events and is proud of this fact. She enjoys trying new foods and likes to help out around the kitchen. Currently, Tina is in life skills classes and is doing well in school. She states that she likes school and the opportunity to make friends. When Tina was very young, she was in an automobile accident. As a result, she has some hearing and vision problems. Aside from this, she is a healthy young lady.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Shannon, 16

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Shannon. She is not yet legally free for adoption. She is looking forward to being adopted and finding her forever family.

Interests: Shannon is a friendly young lady who enjoys reading, listening to music and working on arts and craft projects. She is helpful in completing chores around the home and enjoys cooking. Shannon dreams of becoming a stylist, nurse, or a chef. She was recently filmed in a Wednesday's Child segment where she spent the day being pampered at a salon but also learned the steps she would need to take to become a stylist herself. Shannon is very sweet, thoughtful, and gets along well with her peers.

Please Contact
Helene Kosciolek
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(610) 682-1564
kosciolekh@diakon.org

Kevin, 16

Type of Family Sought: Kevin will need full time support and care throughout his life. All families will be considered for Kevin. He is not yet legally free for adoption.

Interests: Kevin is a happy teenage boy who will brighten any home. He enjoys watching television, especially Sponge Bob. He would love to pass an exercise ball with you and likes to sort his Legos by color. During the summer, Kevin loves to swim. Kevin is nonverbal autistic and communicates primarily through making noises and pointing.

Please Contact
Kathryn Juliana
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Child Specific Recruiter
(717) 795-0479
julianak@diakon.org

Catherine, 13

Type of Family Sought: Catherine would like a family who will listen, support her and make her feel safe. She would love siblings and pets, but needs a family who can focus much of their attention acclimating her to their family. All families will be considered. She is not yet legally free for adoption.

Interests: Catherine enjoys singing, doing crafts, reading and writing. Catherine knows all the words to most country songs! She describes herself as funny, sarcastic, artistic and unique! Catherine would like to one day attend the Police Academy and then become a FBI agent. She hopes to go on her first vacation with her forever family.

Please Contact
Kathryn Juliana
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Child Specific Recruiter
(717) 795-0479
julianak@diakon.org

Tyler, 16

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Tyler.

Interests: Tyler is an energetic outdoorsman who enjoys being in the woods and looking for fossils. Tyler also enjoys sports and video games. His favorite musical artist is Michael Jackson. Tyler loves animals and he is especially interested in reptiles.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

David, 16

Type of Family Sought: David is open to many different types of families. He would prefer both a mom and dad; however, he is willing to consider a single parent. He would also like siblings, especially younger siblings. He would prefer to stay in the Philadelphia area. He likes dogs and cats. He would like an active family and one who travels and attends church. David's family also needs to allow him to stay connected to important people in his life, such as his birth mother and foster mother.

Interests: David is funny, nice and has a good personality. When he is happy, he is usually smiling, laughing or making a joke. Other people who describe him state he is a good debater and can color well. He has many different interests including sports, arts and crafts, and playing the drums. He enjoys all kinds of sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and kickball. He also likes to ride his bike. He is a HUGE Philadelphia sport fan. When he grows up, he hopes to either play professional sports or work at Foot Locker.

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

Tayron, 13

Type of Family Sought: Tayron is in need of a forever family; one that can provide specific medical care for him and one that can help him reach his full potential in life. Tayron will require skilled nursing care and the family must participate in specific training with his current medical facility. Tayron would like to maintain connections with the staff at his home. He is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Tayron is a bright 13 year old with a BIG personality. He has such a zest for life and enjoys talking to people about all kinds of topics. He is also one big Philadelphia sports fan! He has had the pleasure of meeting several Phillies players and enjoys talking about his experiences. Tayron is currently in the 5th grade and reads at a 3rd grade level. His favorite subjects are math and science. He enjoys videos and books about sports. His favorite color is green! Tayron has significant medical challenges and is residing in a residential facility that is equipped to meet his medical needs. He is in a wheelchair during most of the day as he is not able to voluntarily move his muscles. He is fed through G-tube and has a tracheostomy, but is not currently vent dependent.

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

Michael, 12

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Michael. He would like to stay in touch with his grandmother, uncle, and brother. He is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Michael has a great smile, loves to sing and enjoys being around other children. He also loves cars and especially watching out the window for cars, buses and trucks. He enjoys looking at books and naming objects he sees. He enjoys going out in the community to places such as Walmart, shopping, or the mall. On the other hand, he requires a lot of close supervision though, as he tends to be unaware of dangers at home and in the community. He thrives on a structured schedule, with clear rules and boundaries and positive reinforcement. He also responds best to short, clear instructions delivered in a calm manner. Finally, he is open to learning through teachable moments.

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

Joshua, 19

Type of Family Sought: Joshua would do well with a family who offers structure and consistent supervision. Joshua should be the only or youngest child in the home. All families will be considered for Joshua. He is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Joshua is a very sweet and polite young man who enjoys drawing and art activities as well as watching adventure movies. His favorite movies are "Spiderman" and "Superman." He also enjoys playing football in the gym at school. His new fascination is with photography. Joshua is diagnosed with autism and has mild to moderate intellectual limitations. He is independent with personal hygiene, is very verbal, and he loves to do chores and completes them to near perfection.

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

Toby, 17

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered.

Interests: Toby is a very intelligent young man with a bright smile and a promising future. Some of Toby's favorite activities include drawing, origami, reading, riding his bike and playing video games. Toby is also a huge sports fan and enjoys playing and watching basketball and football. He is hoping to play on his high school basketball team this year. He likes school and does well academically. His favorite subjects are math and science. He is mechanically minded and enjoys taking machines and engines apart to learn how they work. After graduating from high school, Toby plans on attending college or technical school. He would like to either become an Aero Space Engineer or a Small Engine Mechanic.

Please Contact
Nic Landon
Family Pathways
(724) 284-9440
nlandon@familypathways.net

Alex, 17

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered.

Interests: Alex is fascinated with computers and electrical engineering. When the weather is nice, Alex enjoys swimming and riding his bicycle. He enjoys learning new sports and playing catch.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Jacob, 14

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered.

Interests: Jacob enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing, camping, gardening, bicycling and horseback riding. He also likes to cook and build things with his hands. Jacob is interested in learning how to work on cars and he is helpful with chores around the house.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Aaron, 15

Type of Family Sought: Experienced committed single or two parent family. Aaron would like a family with two parents who like to go on vacations.

Interests: Aaron likes to play outside and is fascinated by electronics. Aaron would do best in a family that is structured and has clear and consistent expectations.

Please Contact
Russ McCurdy
Project STAR
(412) 244-3083
rum@the-institute.org

Chalid, 17

Type of Family Sought: Chalid needs a dedicated and committed family that will encourage him in his future educational pursuits and help him to achieve his full potential. He would do well in a home with other children and pets.

Interests: Chalid is a sweet and well-mannered teenager with a handsome smile and gentle disposition. He enjoys playing football and has been on sports teams in the past where he displays great teamwork. Chalid enjoys caring for animals, hanging out with friends, going to camp, and participating in extracurricular activities. He also likes card tricks! One thing Chalid likes about himself is that he is very "neat and clean"!

Please Contact
Helene Kosciolek
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(610) 682-1564
kosciolekh@diakon.org

Chad, 19

Type of Family Sought: Chad responds well to attention, therefore he would like a forever family who would give him a lot of of one-on-one attention.

Interests: Chad is a young man who loves to laugh and make others laugh. Chad's favorite things to do include going to amusement parks, car shows, playing and watching sports, camping, going to the mall, and listening to hip hop music. Chad does okay in school and has completed 11th grade emotional support/life skills classes.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 3519290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Nasir, 16

Type of Family Sought: All families will be considered for Nasir. His one wish is to be part of a loving family. He stated, "I want a fun, fair, and firm family." He is legally free for adoption.

Interests: Nasir is a pleasant young man with a quiet and calm personality. He is described as active, intelligent, and articulate. Nasir describes himself as being talkative - "a little too much at times." He loves playing video games and is proud of his ability to master new games quickly. Nasir enjoys playing baseball and football with other children in his neighborhood. Nasir has big dreams for his life. He desires to become the second African-American President of the United States. He also wants to join the military when he is older. Nasir wants to own the biggest car ever. He described his dream car as a monster car with wheels like a crane.

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org

Franklin, 16

Type of Family Sought: Franklin appreciates structure and repetition and he responds well to adults who are clear and kind. The best family for Franklin would give him a lot of attention and an appropriate routine for his needs.

Interests: Franklin is friendly, sweet, and kind-hearted. He can be very loving with those he trusts. Franklin enjoys playing games, putting puzzles together, swimming and building with erector sets. His favorite food is General Tso chicken. Franklin loves animals and would like to care for a pet dog. Franklin has completed 9th grade life skills classes.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 3519290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Dominick, 17

Type of Family Sought: Dominick has not lived in a family setting for years, but he desires a family of his own. He would do best in a family where he is the youngest in the family. All families considered. No pets.

Interests: Dominick describes himself as friendly and kind. He is comical and outgoing once he gets to know you. He enjoys sports, being read to, and looking at picture books and comic books. He enjoys eating and his favorite foods are macaroni and cheese, pizza, and sweets. Dominick has completed 10th grade emotional support/life skills classes.

Please Contact
Marian Kolcun
Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
(570) 3519290
kolcunm@diakon.org

Robby, 17

Type of Family Sought: Robby would like a family with a mom and dad and he would prefer to be an only child. He would like to stay in the Philadelphia area. He would like his family to have pets, specifically a dog. He wants his family to play cards with him and to take him camping. He would also like his family to know how to play video games with him and play football.

Interests: Robby is quiet, shy, and takes a while to warm up to new people. He seems to be fairly analytical and likes strategies, especially when playing games. He enjoys playing his Xbox 360. His favorite game on 360 is Saints Row, the third. He also enjoys listening to music, especially R & B, Rap and Hip Hop. He enjoys playing football and basketball. When he grows up he wants to become a mechanic. If he could have three wishes, he would wish for: A family, have contact with his birth family, and "to have a good life, to not get angry anymore."

Please Contact
Karen Knodel
Bethanna
(215) 355-6500 x 193
kknodel@bethanna.org