Meet the kids

Over 900 children and youth in British Columbia foster care are waiting to be adopted.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) places approximately 350 children each year, but many children and youth are still waiting.

Waiting children may have special placement needs due to their background or prenatal history. Factors may include a family history of abuse, neglect, or prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol.

Regardless of their history, these children are looking for loving, committee parents who will help them learn and grow.

Every child needs a family where they feel secure and loved.

To learn more about children and youth waiting to be adopted, please contact your Adoption Key Worker or visit the MCFD website.

Mai | Elijah | Chase | Marco | Bryson and DerekElias | Michah and Everett | April | Xander

Mai

Mai is an active friendly girl who loves the great outdoors. She enjoys being involved in physical activities such as swimming, soccer, and riding her bike. She also likes cooking and electronic games, although her first choice would always be to play outdoors. She has also taken to singing recently and she began writing a song about her forever family. Mai is in full time school and really enjoys attending. Her favorite subjects are gym class and English. She also enjoys the Aboriginal cultural group that meets every day at lunch and does arts and crafts and learns about Aboriginal culture and spirituality. With supports in place at school and extra attention, Mai shines and is very dedicated to learning.

Mai enjoys interacting with adults as well as peers. She can be very polite and personable. She is always enthusiastic and  energetic and waiting for the next adventure.

Mai would do well with an active family who share her love of being outside, camping and going on adventures as well as family that enjoys sitting back and watching hockey games on TV or a good movie.

A couple or a single mother who has some extra time to spend with Mai to guide and mentor her through life would be the best fit. With her expressed interest and her connection with the Aboriginal culture this will be considered when looking for a family, but it’s not a requirement.

Would you like to change the future for Mai and give her the life she so deserves? If so, please come and learn more about Mai.

Get in touch

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Yvonne:
Yvonne van Oortyvanoort@bcadoption.com604-233-7253
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105

Elijah

Birthdate: Spring-2001
Ethnicity: European (French) decent

Here you will find a caring, talkative, and inquisitive youth who loves adventure and being around people. Elijah loves one on one interaction with adults; he is very articulate and presents as an “old soul”. He often possesses knowledge of social issues beyond his age and stage – he is clever at figuring people out and how to get his needs met. Always enthusiastic, he is fun to spend time with.

Elijah appreciates the outdoors and enjoys hiking, trips to the lake and camping. He also enjoys down time and will read, play cards, videogames and board games. Since Elijah was very young, pool has been a big hobby of his and today he is proud to put himself in the category of ‘Pool Shark.’

Elijah has been attending an alternative school program in Surrey. He particularly excels at math and woodworking. He has had some challenges with transitioning into his new school and navigating positive peer relationships in school. With continued encouragement and support Elijah will return to a full time school program in the fall where he has a lot of support. His future plan is to become a tug boat operator and he has goals of obtaining certification once he has completed high school.

Due to historical trauma, Elijah has had many challenges he has had to overcome. He has come a long way and has shown great strength and resiliency towards his circumstance. He has been assessed with PTSD, ADHD and attachment challenges. He would be best suited in a family that understand the impact of historical trauma, and who understand how this can impact behavior and attachments. A family who has the heart and patience to be there for a youth who wants to be loved and belong but may need more time and understanding. Elijah has a lot of self-awareness and he understands living in a group home until he ages out is not in his best interest. He would like to have permanency and the stability that a loving caring family can provide.

Elijah can form good relationships with most adults in his life and will particularly benefit from one to one time. Elijah will need extra support in helping him navigate relationships with peers. A good family for this young man would be a single father or a same sex male couple with older children in the family or no children.

Will you help make this wonderful youth’s dream come true by providing him with the permanency he wants and needs and a family he can call his own?

Get in touch

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Yvonne:
Yvonne van Oortyvanoort@bcadoption.com604-233-7253
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105

Chase

Ethnic background: First Nations (From the Assiniboine band), European (Norwegian), and Central American (Honduran)
Birthday: Winter 2009

Chase is a kind, energetic and curious boy who can present like an old soul. Chase is knowledgeable about topics such as Trump's presidency, climate change and global warming. Chase has many interests such as soccer, reading, and playing games. He speaks fluent Spanish and English and he enjoys attending school and learning new things. He is described by his foster parents as being very intelligent, helpful, productive and funny.

Chase is in grade 4. He is doing exceptionally well in school and has maintained A’s in many subjects. He does not need any extra help or support with his academic progress. Chase, at the young age of eight, is already anticipating a future career as a military pilot.A stable loving family can help Chase achieve his dreams and aspirations. Chase attends church every Sunday with his foster family and has enjoyed being part of the church’s children activities.

Chase came into care at age one. He does not have any developmental delays or diagnosis. He has been in the same foster home since coming into care which has provided him with the stability he needed. He has regular visits with sibling and extended family so Chase will need a family who support openness and who will help him learn about his Indigenous culture.

Chase would fit well in an active two parents or single parent family who can provide structure and routines. He enjoys the company of adults as well as children from all ages. At this time, preferences will be given to Aboriginal and Metis families, however, others will also be considered in the future.

Can you see Chase becoming part of your family?

Get in touch

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Yvonne:
Yvonne van Oortyvanoort@bcadoption.com604-233-7253
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105

Marco

Birthdate: Autumn of 1999
Ethno-Cultural Status: Japanese/German

Marco is a very kind, helpful and polite boy who enriches the lives of those around him. He enjoys a variety of activities, such as skiing, biking, camping and karate. He also enjoys reading and playing video games. His polite and helpful nature makes him a favourite with adults in his life as well as with peers. Marco has a few close friends in his community he really enjoys hanging out with afterschool and on weekends. He is also part of a church youth group and AFABC youth support group proving he is very
motivated to mingle, meet new people and learn new things.

Marco will be going into grade 12 in September of 2017, his final year of high school. He receives some extra support in school except in the reading department – he is a great reader. When asked to describe himself, Marco says he is “really nice” and a “hard worker”. Marco has a good understanding of what he wants in his future. He plans on attending college and learning auto mechanics and running his own small auto mechanic business after completing certification. He is a very motivated young man and has recently taken initiative in getting a job at an auto detailing shop; he is really enjoying the work and is doing very well there.

Marco would prefer a family with two parents, a mom and a dad, who would have the time and interest to make him a priority in their lives. Marco is open to relocating out of his community for the right family he has a connection with. He is open to all families from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Marco will be eligible for financial and housing support through Community Living BC in the future. A family who understands the dynamics involved in parenting a child with alcohol exposure is preferred. A couple with older children or single parent would be the best fit for Marco’s needs. He will also need openness with a few family members who are important to him.

Get in touch

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Yvonne:
Yvonne van Oortyvanoort@bcadoption.com604-233-7253
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105

Bryson and Derek

Do you have room for two lovable boys?

Bryson is a beautiful, happy, and healthy boy who in his first year is meeting all his milestones. He eats well and sleeps soundly throughout the night. Bryson enjoys bath time and going to the local swimming pool. He coos, laughs, tracks toys, and maintains eye contact with other children and adults.  He also expresses delight when his foster parent’s dog comes to say hello.

Bryson was born premature at 37 weeks gestation. He was born with some substance exposure which resulted in a few tremors at first, however, the tremors quickly diminished. Bryson has acid reflux and takes medication for it.  He currently has had no allergies or reactions to foods. Bryson came into care at 3 days old and has remained in the same foster placement. 

Derek is ten years old and is described by those who know him as a kind, clever, funny and energetic young boy who has many interests. His foster parents adore him and say he is loving and affectionate.

Derek loves indoor activities such as reading, playing Xbox, watching movies, and building thing. He also enjoys outdoor activities like playing sports, riding his bike, and swimming.   He is quite curious and loves to learn new things such as songwriting and dancing.  Each month, Derek looks forward to attending an Aboriginal friendship center where he is learning about his Indigenous heritage. 

Derek is in Grade 3 and his best subjects are reading, spelling, math and PE. He is doing well in school with the help and support of a Special Education Assistant.  Recently, Derek performed in a school play. He did such an exceptional job on stage the school gave him an award for his effort.

Derek has diagnoses of ADHD, RAD, and Disruptive Behavior Disorder.  Fortunately, with the structure and predictability he has been receiving at school and within his foster placement, Derek has overcome many of his challenges and continues to make progress and impress those closest to him.

Derek will do best with parents that understand the impact of historical trauma and prenatal substance exposure and who can provide good structure and supervision.  In this kind of environment he will feel safe and secure and will be able to manage his challenges much better.

Derek has regular visits with his half-brother (who is not in care); both Derek and Bryson have regular visits with their grandmother.  Openness with these family members will be important to maintain.

Derek and Bryson also have regular visits with each other and they will soon be placed in the same foster home before being adopted together.

Only families open to adopting both siblings will be considered. Strong preference will be given to First Nations and Métis families.

Get in touch

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Yvonne:
Yvonne van Oortyvanoort@bcadoption.com604-233-7253
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105

 

Elias

Elias is happy, generous, outgoing, empathetic, personable, friendly and has a good sense of humour. He loves being physically active and enjoys playing soccer, street hockey, and riding his bike. Skating and swimming are some favorites. Elias has great manners and is always happy to help with chores around the house.

Elias is on a specialized program at school due to his Global Developmental Delay. He functions several years younger than he is, and takes medication to manage a seizure disorder and ADHD. Despite these challenges, he approaches life with a positive attitude, and loves going to school to engage with others and learn with the help of his full-time educational assistant.

This boy has a big heart and is exceptionally kind. However, he does need the attention and support from the adults in his life.

Elias has experienced a number of different care situations in his short life. He is doing great and settled well into his current foster home, but needs the stability and long term commitment from parents that he can count on forever.

Do you have room in your heart, home and family for this sweet boy?

Get in touch

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Kirsty:
Kirsty Stormerkstormer@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 121
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105

Micah and Everett

Are you ready for two exuberant boys to join your family? Can you picture your weekends full of sports, trips to Science World and park outings. Micah (aged 3) and Everett (aged 2) have so much to offer.

Micah loves music and singing, and can often be overheard singing a great rendition of Old MacDonald, drums included! Micah enjoys exploring his world, whether that is home, the park, preschool or church. Always determined, he is learning to throw a baseball and can slide all by himself at the playground.

Everett thrives on being the centre of attention in his current home; he giggles and laughs during social interactions, offering lots of hugs and kisses. Everett loves a good game of hide and seek, playing ball, swimming and climbing all over the furniture! Exceptionally easy going, Everett enjoys watching 'Elmo' and 'Paw Patrol', he also has fun riding in his big toy car. Like many children his age, he can be shy and quiet when meeting new people, but once he is familiar with you, there are many smiles and hugs to be shared.

They need parents that understand and have experience with cognitive and developmental needs and are committed to transitioning these boys into adulthood. Openness with birth parents, and previous foster parents would need to be honoured.

If a loud house full of love and three active boys sounds like home to you, come learn more about Micah and Everett!

Get in touch

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Kirsty:
Kirsty Stormerkstormer@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 121
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105


April

“Hi. My name is April and I am 17 years old. I would describe myself as extremely short (4.1 “), funny, sweet, kind, loving, positive, determined, helpful, and kind of lazy. I enjoy helping people with babies, spending time with my boyfriend, and talking to my Mom and family. I want a family who will love me, help me with things, and give me hugs and kisses and cuddles. I need people to comfort me when I cry.”

April is endearing, pleasant, mischievous, spirited, funny, affectionate, social, animated, dramatic, thoughtful, and talkative. She can be insightful, clear in thought, and articulate her own feelings. However, she can struggle with identifying someone’s feelings and how her actions have impacted them. She is quick to apologize when things are explained.

She is open to various family types, although a two parent family with a dog would be her ideal. Could you be the family April is looking for?

Get in touch

Want to learn more about April?

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Kirsty:
Kirsty Stormerkstormer@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 121
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105

Xander 

Xander is sweet, affectionate, caring, polite, likeable, and helpful. He has been in the same home most of his life, and is well loved by his foster family and others who know and work with him. Xander enjoys music, dancing, painting, going to the playground, and swimming. He enjoys being busy and active. Xander loves singing “The Wheels on the bus”, playing battle ships in the bath, his toy Minion and emergency vehicles.

Xander received a diagnosis for Autism in May 2014 and has received substantial services to support his learning, speech and development. He is making real progress, and is benefiting greatly from these services.

Xander’s teacher states that he is a lovely little boy who has settled well into kindergarten. He has made many friends and enjoys playing with playdough and looking at the salmon growing in the fish tank. Xander does well with routines taking part in all class activities and he is academically on track. He self regulates by going for a walk as needed. Xander needs support to stay focused and to complete the tasks correctly. His teacher feels that without support, he would dance around the classroom all day.​

Xander continues to blossom in all areas, and needs a family that can help him reach his potential. First Nations families who are willing to engage in openness are preferable. Being informed and willing to engage with professionals to meet Xanders needs is also necessary. Are you that family?

Get in touch

Want to learn more about Xander?

Do you have an approved homestudy? Contact Kirsty:
Kirsty Stormerkstormer@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 121
Are you in the process of getting approved for a homestudy? Contact Sarah:
Sarah Reidsreid@bcadoption.com604-320-7330 ext 105

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