Snapshots of Philadelphia Children Awaiting Adoption by mikeholy

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									Spring       2009-10               Edition




          Snapshots of
Philadelphia’s Children
 Awaiting Adoption




 Presented by the Heart Gallery of Philadelphia
Dear Friend:


In the Philadelphia region there are literally hundreds of children who are
available for adoption. As you page through this book, you will see
some of the faces of these very special children and you will learn
something about them. One likes to play basketball, another loves to
read. A few are siblings hoping to stay together. Each is exceptional in
his or her own way. But all of them have one thing in common. They
are waiting. Waiting for a loving, stable home and a forever family they
can call their own.


You can end the wait for one of these beautiful children.


This year, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the
Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency have
partnered in an effort to find families who can open their hearts and
their homes to these deserving children. We hope that as you look at
these young hopeful faces you will consider adoption and contact us
for more information.


Sincerely,




Anne Marie Ambrose
Commissioner
Philadelphia Department of Human Services
               The Heart Gallery of Philadelphia
  collaborated with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services to

  create the Heart Gallery of Philadelphia. Professional photographers

  donated their time and skill to create beautiful, compelling portraits of

foster children in Philadelphia as part of the Heart Gallery’s goal of finding

 permanent, loving homes for these youth. Over the course of the year,

 these photographs will be part of a traveling exhibit. The exhibit raises

  adoption awareness, but more importantly it gives voice to the many

    foster children in our community looking for their “forever family.”

 Ultimately, the hope is that through these portraits prospective parents

        will be moved to adopt. These children are deserving of

        our attention, our compassion, our help, and our respect.

          To learn more about the Heart Gallery of Philadelphia

                 or to find the location of the exhibit, visit

                  www.heartgalleryphiladelphia.org
List of Contributing Photographers
        Allebach Photography
             Sarah Bones
          Charles Callaghan
             Karen Carey
            David DeBalko
         Ruth DeBardeleben
            Debra DiFulvio
             David Fonda
            Susie Forester
            Christine Foster
           Barbara Hayward
               Terry Hirst
      Jeremy Hess Photography
           Heather Hughes
              Peter Koop
           Leah MacDonald
             Laura Novak
              Dan Naylor
            Joanne Posse
         Sabina Louise Pierce
             Ed Wheeler
              Tony Wood
        The “PhillyKids Connection” Fact Sheet

What is the “PhillyKids Connection?”
The “PhillyKids Connection” is a collaborative effort between the Philadelphia
Department of Human Services (DHS) and the National Adoption Center to recruit
adoptive parents for Philadelphia’s population of children-in-waiting. The National
Adoption Center expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care
throughout the United States, and is a resource to families and to agencies who
seek the permanency of caring homes for children.

Do you have to reside in Philadelphia to adopt a
Philadelphia child?
Although the Philadelphia Department of Human Services is interested in recruiting
more adoptive parents from within the city, being a resident of Philadelphia is not a
requirement in order to adopt a child from Philadelphia.

What is a typical profile of a Philadelphia child-in-waiting?
The majority of Philadelphia’s children-in-waiting are between the ages of eight and
twelve, although there are some children younger and older than this median age
range and more and more are becoming teenagers. The vast majority of Philadelphia’s
children-in-waiting are African-American. Caucasian and Hispanic children make up
the balance. Some of the children have emotional, psychological and developmental
challenges stemming from histories of poverty, abuse and neglect. Despite these
circumstances, every one of these children deserves and would greatly benefit from
the love and support of an adoptive family.

What are the requirements for becoming an adoptive parent
of a Philadelphia child?
The first requirement is that you have plenty of love in your heart, space in your
home and a true sense of commitment. The profile of adoptive parents has changed
dramatically over the years. Single people, same sex couples, retirees, and trans-racial




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adoptive parents have joined the traditional nuclear family. Becoming an adoptive
parent of any child is not easy. Children with special needs have endured varying
degrees of trauma in their young lives, and therefore require a great deal of love,
patience and support. Prospective adoptive parents must first submit an application to
the National Adoption Center. This application will then be forwarded to a licensed
adoption agency that conducts background checks, an in-home assessment, and the
necessary training and orientation. The prospective family then works with the licensed
agency and with the DHS social worker through the adoption process.

Can I choose the child I am interested in adopting?
The licensed adoption agency works closely with prospective adoptive parents to
achieve the most ideal match between a family and child. Because this is a recruitment
initiative for Philadelphia children, please emphasize with the adoption agency that you
are interested in a child from Philadelphia. Although it is not always possible to adopt a
specific child - primarily because the needs of the child may not fit ideally with the
capabilities or home circumstances of the prospective adoptive parent – the adoption
agency and DHS will work closely with adoptive parents to bring about a union
between family and child that is in everyone’s best interests.

How do I get started with the adoption process?
You have already taken the first step by contacting our colleagues at the National
Adoption Center. The next step is to fill out and mail the application you are sent by
the National Adoption Center and follow up with the licensed adoption agency that
contacts you about your interest.

What ongoing help and support can I expect from DHS?
There are various levels of financial subsidies available to adoptive parents. Additionally,
the adoption agency and DHS will work closely with adoptive parents throughout the
adoption process and beyond, in a committed effort to ensure that the bonds of love
and family are fully developed. For example, you will be provided with information on
adoption support groups in your area.

Who can I speak with if I have additional questions about
the adoption process?
There are several organizations that stand ready to assist you:
          National Adoption Center 215-735-9988
          Statewide Adoption Network (S.W.A.N.) 1-800-585-SWAN




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Alexander                                               Alex, born February 7,
                                                              2000, is a bright and
                                                              friendly nine-year-old.
                                                              Alex’s favorite subject in
                                                              school is science, though
                                                              he says he has the most
                                                              fun in gym class. Alex
                                                              loves video games, but as
                                                              an avid reader, he also
                                                              makes time for both read-
                                                              ing and writing. He espe-
                                                              cially likes the Captain
                                                              Underpants series because
                                                              it’s funny and makes him
                                                              laugh, just like his brother
                                                              does when he tickles him.
                                                              One of the special people
                                                              in his life is his teacher,
                                                              Miss Levine, “because
                                                              she’s kind and helps me
                                                              with my work.” When he
                                                              grows up, Alex says he’d
                                                              like to be a forensic scien-
                                                              tist, solving mystery cases.
                                                              But there’s no mystery at
                                                              all about what he’d wish
                                                              for. Besides a trip to
                                                              Disney World and money
                                                              to buy video games, Alex
                                                              would like to get adopted
                                                              by a wonderful family.
Photographer, David Fonda

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

                            Ashley

Photographer, Terry Hirst

Ashley is a little shy, although she loves people and warms up quickly, especial-
ly if you make her smile. Ashley likes to listen to music, watch videos on the
computer and see her favorite characters -- Elmo and Sprout -- on television.
She also enjoys spending time with others and responds to attention with her
heartwarming smile.




  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

       If you would like to open your heart and home
           to this child, please contact caseworker
             Jeneen Overberger at 267 880-5905.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Carolyn                                                 Carolyn, born 2/15/1992,
                                                              is an extremely helpful
                                                              and friendly child who
                                                              enjoys talking to others
                                                              around her. She enjoys
                                                              helping staff around
                                                              the classroom and
                                                              participating in weekly
                                                              classroom jobs. Carolyn
                                                              likes jumping rope,
                                                              playing basketball,
                                                              swimming and going
                                                              out to the movies and
                                                              to dinner. She also is an
                                                              avid dancer and has
                                                              recently taken an interest
                                                              in cooking delicious
                                                              meals.




Photographer, Karen Carey

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Charell                                                 Charell, born August 19,
                                                              1992, is a very likeable and
                                                              loving 16-year-old who
                                                              loves making other people
                                                              happy. She especially likes
                                                              to make people laugh,
                                                              something that comes easi-
                                                              ly to her thanks to her great
                                                              sense of humor. Like all
                                                              teenage girls, Charell likes
                                                              to hang out with her
                                                              friends (who also like to
                                                              laugh) and watch funny
                                                              movies and go shopping. In
                                                              school, she does well in
                                                              English, her favorite sub-
                                                              ject, but she admits that in
                                                              history she could stand
                                                              some improvement. Charell
                                                              says that in the future she’d
                                                              like to work as a nurse-mid-
                                                              wife - a perfect profession
                                                              for such a caring young
                                                              woman. College is in her
                                                              plans too. Her greatest
                                                              desire, though, has always
                                                              been to have a mother to
                                                              love, one who would love
                                                              her with all her heart.
                                                              “And,” she adds wistfully,
                                                              “an end to racism.”
Photographer: Jeremy Hess Photography

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker
               Kim Niblick at 215 340-5905.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Dajunay                                                 Here is a bright and shin-
                                                              ing 11 year old who loves
                                                              life. Dajunay, born
                                                              February 19,1997 is a, tal-
                                                              ented and smart young
                                                              lady who loves to act and
                                                              sing. In school, she’s a
                                                              math whiz and enjoys
                                                              math class more than any
                                                              other. Dajunay also enjoys
                                                              her free time and spends
                                                              it playing basketball and
                                                              chilling in front of the TV.
                                                              Some of her favorite food
                                                              includes macaroni and
                                                              cheese and collard greens.
                                                              Of the people in her life,
                                                              she admires her father the
                                                              most because he is very
                                                              loving. When asked what
                                                              she’d like to be when she
                                                              grows up, Dajunay says
                                                              that she’d like to be a vet
                                                              or a lawyer. Besides a big
                                                              house and a million dol-
                                                              lars, Dajunay wants very
                                                              much to achieve her life
Photographer, Christine Foster                                goals.
  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      David                                                   With a smile a mile wide,
                                                              this adorable two-year-old
                                                              has a temperament to
                                                              match. David, born
                                                              November 22nd, 2006, is
                                                              one happy baby. David
                                                              loves to be outside, loves
                                                              to swing, loves music and
                                                              laughs non-stop when
                                                              tickled. He even rubs his
                                                              belly to fall asleep.
                                                              Already an avid fan of
                                                              Elmo and Sponge Bob,
                                                              David loves being around
                                                              people best of all.
                                                              Although he can’t say it
                                                              quite yet, David’s number
                                                              one wish is to find a “for-
                                                              ever” family.




Photographer, Allebach Photography

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker
            Jeneen Overberger at 267 880-5905.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

        Deniera & Jessica

Photographer, Leah MacDonald

Jessica, 12, and Deniera, 13 are two beautiful young women whose beaming
faces exude lots of joy. Though close in age, these siblings have different likes
and dislikes. Jessica’s favorite subjects are math and reading. Her sister
Deniera’s – computer science. Jessica likes to spend her free time watching TV,
talking on the phone, drawing, dancing, and doing friends’ hair. Deniera, on
the other hand, prefers anything athletic. She likes football and basketball and
is particularly proud of herself for being so good at football. Jessica is proud of
herself too, for her ability to make friends and her willingness to help others,
just like her older sister helps her, teaching her the things she doesn’t know.
Jessica hopes that one day she can get into a good college so she can study to
become a doctor. Deniera’s dream is to pursue an exciting career in modeling.

 Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
         and may be receiving services accordingly.

     If you are interested in these children and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
     adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick, at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Diamond                                                 Diamond, born 11/5/1992,
                                                              is a young lady who loves
                                                              all kinds of animals. She is
                                                              very smart and open to
                                                              affection. Her hobbies
                                                              include photography and
                                                              learning to play various
                                                              instruments. Diamond also
                                                              enjoys taking long walks
                                                              and listening to music.




Photographer Heather S. Hughes

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Donna and Tyleah

Photographer, Terry Hirst
Donna and Tyleah, 15 and 13, are two very close sisters who make each other
happy and make others happy too. They love to laugh and are always on the
lookout for things that hit a funny bone – movies, jokes, certain people and
definitely each other. Both sisters are musical and love to dance and sing,
making a great duo. In school, Donna likes Language Arts best while Tyleah’s
favorite subject is History. When not in school, 15-year-old Donna prefers
talking to her friends while Tyleah’s into writing poems and drawing, both of
which she’s really good at. Both sisters say that they are most proud of them-
selves for being smart and doing well in school. They know it’s important if
they’re to succeed in their future professions; Donna wants to be a nurse,
Tyleah a lawyer. For their three wishes, both sisters want a good life for them-
selves, happiness for others and, most of all, to find a forever family.
  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

     If you are interested in these children and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
     adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Dylan                                                   Dylan, born 9/2/1996,
                                                              is an active young man
                                                              who enjoys school and
                                                              especially recess. His
                                                              favorite sports are football
                                                              and basketball and he
                                                              enjoys playing board
                                                              games and watching
                                                              movies. Dylan’s favorite
                                                              foods are stromboli and
                                                              hot wings and he loves
                                                              spending time with
                                                              others.




Photographer Dan Naylor

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

                 Ian                                          Ian, born April 4, 1997, is an
                                                              intelligent young man with a
                                                              thoughtful, sensitive soul. He
                                                              also has a great sense of
                                                              humor and says he makes
                                                              himself laugh (and others
                                                              too) all the time. Proud of his
                                                              creativity, Ian excels in art
                                                              and counts it as one of his
                                                              favorite subjects along with
                                                              reading, science, social stud-
                                                              ies and gym. Like most
                                                              twelve year olds, Ian spends a
                                                              lot of time riding his bike
                                                              and playing video games and
                                                              is always up for eating cheese
                                                              fries. Great at skateboarding
                                                              and karate, he says he’d like
                                                              to be better at soccer and
                                                              math. Of all the people in his
                                                              world, Ian admires his older
                                                              brother because he is
                                                              “mature and very wise.” His
                                                              dream for the future? Ian
                                                              would like to be a famous
                                                              singer or a great cook with
                                                              his own restaurant. He’d also
                                                              like to help change people’s
                                                              lives, taking care of the sick
                                                              and the poor. And he’d like
                                                              to get adopted too because as
                                                              he says, “it’s time for me to
Photographer, Laura Novak
                                                              move on to my future.”

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker
              Stacy Wilson at 215 340-8985.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

          Jeffrey                                             Nine-year-old Jeffrey, born
                                                              July 9, 1999, is a smart,
                                                              funny, good–natured
                                                              young man who’s fun to
                                                              be around. He loves to
                                                              ride his bike, draw and
                                                              play with his toys, espe-
                                                              cially his prized construc-
                                                              tion trucks. Jeffrey’s good
                                                              at reading and enjoys it a
                                                              lot, but admits he’s happi-
                                                              est at school when he’s at
                                                              gym or recess. One of the
                                                              important people in
                                                              Jeffrey’s life is Darrel,
                                                              because, “he teaches me
                                                              lots of stuff.” When he
                                                              grows up, Jeffrey says he’d
                                                              like to be rich and have a
                                                              good home and eat lots of
                                                              cornbread, his very
                                                              favorite food. As for what
                                                              he’d wish for, this nine-
                                                              year-old would like to be
                                                              able to do whatever he
                                                              wants. And that includes,
                                                              one day, owning an exca-
                                                              vator all of his own and
                                                              being a part of a “forever”
Photographer, Joanne Posse
                                                              family.

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

                                         Jorge

Photographer Ruth DeBardeleben

Jorge, born 10/20/91, is a magnetic young man who’s engaging and full of life.
A real athlete, Jorge likes football, basketball, fishing, swimming and karate.
Music is a real favorite with him too and for him, rap is where it’s at. Most of
all, Jorge loves animals and would love to be like the crocodile hunter when he
grows up, working with and taking care of animals. Asked for his three wishes,
Jorge says he’d like to be rich so he could help the poor; he’d like to see world
peace; and lastly, he’d like to own the fastest car in the world.



 Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
         and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker
              Joan Milewski at 215 340-8967.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

             Kani                                             Kani, born October 1st,
                                                              2002, is an affectionate lit-
                                                              tle boy who loves to
                                                              receive attention. Full of
                                                              life and energy, this boy
                                                              will steal your heart away.
                                                              Although he is verbally
                                                              limited, he plays well with
                                                              other children. Kani
                                                              enjoys putting puzzles
                                                              together and loves to play
                                                              with animals. In addition,
                                                              he enjoys sports and
                                                              always gives his best effort
                                                              when playing.




Photographer: Ed Wheeler

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6301.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Kenny                                                   Here’s one wonderful 14 year
                                                              old who’s interested in just
                                                              about everything. Born
                                                              September 24,1994, Kenny
                                                              loves to listen to music (espe-
                                                              cially the Jonas Brothers),
                                                              watch movies, dance, make
                                                              collages, collect posters and
                                                              surf the net. Recently, he’s
                                                              added photography to the
                                                              mix and is interested in
                                                              exploring it more. Like any
                                                              teenage boy, Kenny loves
                                                              sports, to play and to watch.
                                                              His favorite team is the
                                                              Dallas Cowboys and its quar-
                                                              terback, Tony Romo, is # 1
                                                              on Kenny’s most admired list
                                                              because, “he’s so good at
                                                              what he does.” Kenny is also
                                                              good at what he does… and
                                                              that includes math and soc-
                                                              cer where he can play all
                                                              positions. Asked for the
                                                              things he likes best about
                                                              himself, Kenny responds,
                                                              “I’m responsible, helpful and
                                                              I’ve got a great memory for
                                                              remembering what I’m sup-
                                                              posed to do.” If given any
                                                              wish at all, Kenny chooses a
Photographer, Susie Forester                                  forever family.
  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker,
              Joan Milewski at 215 340-8967.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Lennette                                                Lennette, born 7/23/93, is a
                                                              lovely 15 year old with a
                                                              great smile, beautiful eyes,
                                                              and a warm and wonderful
                                                              personality. She loves art
                                                              and particularly drawing.
                                                              She’s good at it too
                                                              although she thinks there
                                                              is always room for
                                                              improvement. In school,
                                                              Lennette likes art class best,
                                                              then math and does well in
                                                              both. Oreo ice cream is her
                                                              very favorite food; shop-
                                                              ping her favorite pastime.
                                                              She admires her sister
                                                              Janiah because as she very
                                                              simply puts it, “she’s my
                                                              sister.” When asked what
                                                              she wants to be when she
                                                              grows up, Lennette is unde-
                                                              cided between a lawyer or a
                                                              model. Her wishes include
                                                              connecting once again
                                                              with a few people who
Photographer, Peter Koop                                      mean a lot to her.
  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

                                 Luke

Photographer, Sarah Bones

Luke, born October 16,1995, is an exuberant and expressive 13 year old who
loves to dance and sing. He loves to write stories too, so naturally reading is
one of his favorite subjects in school. Hot dogs with ketchup is his favorite
food. Like most teenagers, he spends lots of time on the computer, surfing the
net and playing games. Luke feels good about himself and particularly likes the
fact that he’s pretty cool and good looking too and a lot of fun. He admits,
however that he could do better in school. When he grows up, he’d like to
teach (maybe gym) or to be an owner of a factory. If he could have a couple of
wishes come true, Luke would like to star in his own TV show or be an actor in
the movies. We’re betting on Luke.

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      if you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker
              Heather Rieder at 215 348-6953.




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               Lydia                                          Here is a beautiful ten-year-
                                                              old who is as loving as she is
                                                              lovable. Lydia, born
                                                              November 11,1998, is a
                                                              happy and easy-going child
                                                              who is always ready and will-
                                                              ing to try new things. In
                                                              school, Lydia loves to learn,
                                                              whether it’s graphs, calendar
                                                              skills, or shapes and says she
                                                              is really good at recognizing
                                                              colors and numbers.
                                                              Although she has some diffi-
                                                              culty with letters and sounds,
                                                              she says she’s working on it
                                                              and hopes to be a better
                                                              reader soon. Around the
                                                              house, her favorite thing to
                                                              do is to help prepare meals,
                                                              of which her specialty is
                                                              pasta, hands down. In her
                                                              free time, it’s being with
                                                              friends that she likes the
                                                              best. Lydia says that she
                                                              could see a future career as a
                                                              model since posing for this
                                                              photo was so much fun. And
                                                              if she had three wishes, all
                                                              three would be exactly the
                                                              same, no question about it -
                                                              to find herself a “forever”
Photographer, Dan Naylor                                      family.
  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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                                  Lynn

Photographer, Charles Callaghan

Lynn, born April 23,1997, is a lovely, likeable and very smart eleven year old
who has already decided her future profession - an elementary school math
teacher. Math, of course, is her very favorite subject although her most favorite
thing to do in her free time is to chill out with a good book. Lynn is proud that
she excels in math, but says she’d like to get better at reading too. Asked what
else she likes about herself, she says she likes how she dresses and she likes her
laugh. Apparently, she likes to laugh a lot because the person she admires most
is a friend who is “hilarious.” If she could have three wishes, Lynn would ask
for lots of ice-cream and pepperoni pizza (her favorite kind) and to be a math
teacher when she grows up.

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      if you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker
              Stacy Wilson at 215 340-8985.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

Michael, Sasha, Ciara and James



Photographer, David DeBalko
Here are four siblings who would bring a whole lot of love to any family. At the helm, is
big brother Michael, who at 15 keeps a loving eye on Sasha, 12, Ciara, 11 and James, 4.
Outgoing and good-natured, these children are fun to be around. Michael has a great
sense of humor, and just like Sasha, would like more time to hang out with his many
friends. Ciara may seem a bit shy at first, but in no time, will have made you her friend
too. All the children do very well in school. Michael is crazy about basketball, wrestling,
video games and drawing on rainy days. Sasha loves to cook, celebrate any occasion, ride
roller coasters and play with make-up, but her favorite thing to do by far is to go shop-
ping with her sister. Ciara’s a shopper too although she also likes to read, swim, play
basketball, and go to the movies. As for James, he likes to play with his matchbook cars,
watch Spiderman and wrestle with his big brother. These wonderful children would like
to find a terrific family where they can all be together, happy and loved.
  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
        to these children, please contact caseworker
            Jeneen Overberger at 267 880-5905.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

                              Mikal

Photographer, David DeBalko

This bright, funny, outgoing twelve-year-old, born March, 7,1996 is a young
man with lots of interests. In school, he likes Science, Social Studies and
Computers. Out of school, he loves knitting and has made lots of cool things.
Good comedy routines make him laugh and seafood makes his mouth water.
Mikal feels good about himself, and especially likes the fact that he’s funny,
friendly and artistic, and great at making friends. As for his future, Mikal would
like to become an acting legend or possibly a chef if that doesn’t pan out.
Besides Oprah who he wishes he could meet one day, Mikal admires his Aunt
Fay a lot because she always seems to have good advice.

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

               Niesha                                         Niesha, born July 3,1997, is a
                                                              beautiful and energetic 11-
                                                              year-old who brings joy to
                                                              whatever she does. Of the
                                                              many things she likes to do,
                                                              her very favorites are dancing,
                                                              eating hotdogs and pizza and
                                                              figuring out word puzzles.
                                                              She also likes to watch
                                                              movies that make her laugh.
                                                              In school, her favorite subject
                                                              is math while social studies,
                                                              she admits, is something she
                                                              needs to work on. Niesha is
                                                              really good at jumping rope,
                                                              and says it’s something she’s
                                                              proud of because it took a lot
                                                              of practice. One of the peo-
                                                              ple in the world she loves a
                                                              lot is her Aunt Angie because
                                                              “she takes good care of me,”
                                                              says Niesha. For her future,
                                                              Niesha would like to go to
                                                              college and thinks maybe she
                                                              will be a teacher or a cook
                                                              when she grows up. When
                                                              asked for her three wishes,
                                                              Niesha replies, “I’d like to be
                                                              rich, popular and a singer.”


Photographer, Sarah Bones

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

                    Ricky                                     Ricky, born 9/17/96,
                                                              loves sports. He’s an
                                                              avid fan of his favorite
                                                              Philadelphia teams but
                                                              also plays football himself,
                                                              an ace at catching and
                                                              receiving. In school, math
                                                              is his favorite subject, and
                                                              although he’s good at it,
                                                              he says he wants to get
                                                              even better so he can be a
                                                              banker when he grows up.
                                                              In his free time, Ricky
                                                              plays video games and
                                                              likes funny movies. Like
                                                              any soon- to-be teenager,
                                                              Ricky can’t wait to drive a
                                                              car. In the meantime,
                                                              he’d love to have a
                                                              Gameboy DS, or a day at
                                                              Dorney Park or the chance
                                                              to see an Eagles’ game in
                                                              person.




Photographer Tony Wood

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker
            Beverly Wizlofsky at 215 348-6935.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Shahid                                                  Shahid, born November
                                                              6th, 1995, is a likeable
                                                              young man with a warm,
                                                              bright smile and a person-
                                                              ality to match. At 13,
                                                              Shahid eats, drinks and
                                                              breathes sports. He loves
                                                              them all and is especially
                                                              good at football and bas-
                                                              ketball. His baseball skills,
                                                              he admits, could use some
                                                              improvement. Although
                                                              not nearly as much fun as
                                                              sports, his favorite sub-
                                                              jects in school include
                                                              math, science and social
                                                              studies. Shahid feels good
                                                              about himself and his
                                                              confidence is contagious.
                                                              As for the future, he’d like
                                                              to be part of the NFL,
                                                              playing for the Chargers.
                                                              And while he’s making
                                                              wishes, he’d like to be in
                                                              the Guiness Book of
                                                              World Records too. Go,
                                                              Shahid.
Photographer, Ed Wheeler

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Shayaira                                                Shayaira, born April 6th,
                                                              1999 is a beautiful and
                                                              affectionate nine-year-old
                                                              whose big brown eyes will
                                                              melt your heart. Shayaira
                                                              likes school and does well
                                                              in her subjects. She espe-
                                                              cially likes to make new
                                                              friends and she’s good at
                                                              that too. Most of all,
                                                              Shayaira loves anything
                                                              having to do with the arts
                                                              and is happiest when she’s
                                                              dancing, singing or draw-
                                                              ing. Her dream for the
                                                              future is to become a bal-
                                                              let teacher, helping other
                                                              little girls learn about the
                                                              beauty of dance. Her
                                                              greatest wish is to belong
                                                              to a family that will love
                                                              her.




Photographer, Debra DiFulvio

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

                            Shyana

Photographer, Barbara Hayward

Here is one adorable six-year-old!
Born April 2, 2002, Shyana is full of energy and full of love – expressed easily in
her beautiful sparkling green eyes. Just like all little girls, Shyana loves to play
with her dolls and also likes to spend time drawing. She is a happy, good
natured and lively child who loves to laugh and almost always has a big smile
on her face. What she wants most in her life is a “forever” family to love.




  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

    Steffi

Photographer Allenbach Photography

Steffi, born 6/18/92, is a wonderfully warm and bright teenager with a kind
heart and a great personality. She’s got lots of interests too. She loves to listen
to music, play basketball and football, collect posters and play video games. Her
favorite subjects in school are English and gym. Steffi’s dream for the future is
to go to college and have a family although, as a big fan of T.I., Steffi wouldn’t
mind being a rapper when she grows up. For now, she’d just like to be a part of
a family and to meet T.I.



  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker,
              Joan Milewski at 215 340-8967.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Tahkem                                                Born, December 15, 1997,
                                                            Tahkem is a very bright,
                                                            enthusiastic and all around
                                                            happy kid. Playful and always
                                                            ready for fun, he is also
                                                            thoughtful and considerate of
                                                            others. Tahkem loves to learn
                                                            and does well in all his sub-
                                                            jects including several “gifted”
                                                            classes and his favorite -
                                                            Math. When not in school,
                                                            Tahkem spends his time out-
                                                            doors with a basketball or a
                                                            skateboard or doing the thing
                                                            he enjoys the most - flipping.
                                                            Frontward or backward, with
                                                            no hands, a running start,
                                                            Tahkem is a pro at doing
                                                            flips…anywhere. For his
                                                            future career, he’s not sure
                                                            yet, but says he’s considering
                                                            a few options such as a
                                                            lawyer, a judge, a police offi-
                                                            cer, a vet or a construction
                                                            worker. As for wishes, he’d
                                                            like to be part of a family with
                                                            a guinea pig and a couple of
                                                            older sisters and brothers.
                                                            And, he adds, he’d also like to
Photographer, Sabina Louise Pierce
                                                            be a genius.

Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
        and may be receiving services accordingly.

  If you are interested in this specific child and you
have already completed a home study, please ask your
    adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
         Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Tatiana                                                 Tatiana, born January 24,
                                                              1993, is a beautiful, ener-
                                                              getic girl with big brown
                                                              eyes and an infectious
                                                              smile. She loves to be
                                                              active which explains why
                                                              gym is her favorite class
                                                              and basketball her favorite
                                                              sport to play. She’s good
                                                              at it too, but would like to
                                                              be even better. Tatiana
                                                              loves to dance, play in the
                                                              snow and laugh. She’s
                                                              funny and makes friends
                                                              easily. Pepperoni Pizza is
                                                              her favorite food. The
                                                              person she admires most
                                                              is her friend because she
                                                              helps her deal with her
                                                              feelings and stay calm.
                                                              Tatiana misses being with
                                                              her family and more than
                                                              anything would like to be
                                                              in a loving home.

Photographer, Ed Wheeler

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

      If you would like to open your heart and home
          to this child, please contact caseworker
              Joan Milewski at 215 340-8967.




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 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Troy                                                    Troy, born June 26, 1997, is a
                                                              smart, easy-going young man
                                                              who will steal your heart. This
                                                              11-year-old enjoys learning
                                                              and lists his favorite subjects
                                                              in school as math, reading,
                                                              science, social studies and
                                                              gym where playing basketball
                                                              wins hands down. Outside of
                                                              school, Troy spends his time
                                                              playing video games on his
                                                              Nintendo - something he’s
                                                              become an expert at. Asked
                                                              what he likes most about
                                                              himself, he says he’s glad he’s
                                                              smart and in shape, hand-
                                                              some too, but adds that he’d
                                                              like to get better at ignoring
                                                              some negative behaviors. Mr.
                                                              Chris is the person he most
                                                              admires because as Troy says,
                                                              “he never stops trying.” For
                                                              the future, Troy wants to go
                                                              to college to be a scientist and
                                                              “clone things.” If he had
                                                              three wishes, they’d include
                                                              an end to killing and for
                                                              everyone, everywhere to have
                                                              a good, healthy and successful
Photographer, Ruth DeBardeleben
                                                              life.

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




                                              35
 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

                                   Zamir                      This adorable seven-year-
                                                              old, born January 30,
                                                              2002, is a lovable little
                                                              boy with a big smile and a
                                                              big heart. Zamir loves to
                                                              laugh and make jokes. He
                                                              says that his friends are
                                                              funny too and can make
                                                              him laugh a lot. Besides
                                                              eating pizza, one of his
                                                              favorite foods, he also
                                                              loves to play games, espe-
                                                              cially Connect 4 and
                                                              Guess Who. When asked
                                                              what he likes most about
                                                              himself, he says that he’s
                                                              good at talking to people
                                                              and very good at making
                                                              up rap songs. He also says
                                                              that he’d like to get better
                                                              at throwing a football and
                                                              would like to find some-
                                                              one to show him how to
                                                              do it right. Most impor-
                                                              tant though, he’d like to
                                                              find a “forever” family.

Photographer, Tony Wood

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




                                              36
 CHILDREN WAITING FOR ADOPTION

      Zamir                                                   Zamir, born August 31, 1996,
                                                              is an interesting, intelligent
                                                              and very likeable young man.
                                                              This 12- year-old loves to
                                                              read. In school and out, it’s
                                                              one of his favorite things to
                                                              do along with making art and
                                                              playing video games. But
                                                              Zamir is also very athletic too.
                                                              Just like our president, Zamir
                                                              is a great fan of basketball and
                                                              plays on a team. He also likes
                                                              football and is good at it, but
                                                              says he’d like to get better at
                                                              the game. In the future, Zamir
                                                              would like to be a police offi-
                                                              cer with a wonderful wife and
                                                              children and, of course, a
                                                              family pet. For right now,
                                                              though, his wish is to be able
                                                              to see his brother and, most
                                                              important of all, to be part of
                                                              a “forever family.”


Photographer, David DeBalko

  Some of the children awaiting adoption have special needs
          and may be receiving services accordingly.

    If you are interested in this specific child and you
  have already completed a home study, please ask your
      adoption agency to contact DHS Social Worker
           Donna Kilpatrick at 215 683-6303.




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Foster Family
          to
        Forever Family
Are you a foster parent who is thinking about adopting your foster child?

Are you an adoptive parent who would like to share your experiences with
others?

Are you a professional in adoption and would like to encourage your
foster parents to adopt?


  If so, the Center’s online course will be perfect for you!



The course can be accessed at www.adopt.org click on “Online Courses.”
Cost is $10.

For more information, contact Alexandra Buczek at 215-735-9988. Ext. 353




We also invite you to join other parents, potential parents, adoption
professionals and those touched by adoption on our social network site.
Access via www.adopt.org click on “Community.”
The City of Philadelphia and the Department of

Human Services thank the Heart Gallery of

Philadelphia and the photographers who have

generously donated their services and time for use of

the photographs in the PhillyKids Connection.


The City of Philadelphia and the Department of

Human Services do not discriminate, or permit

discrimination against people because of race, color,

religion, age, marital status, national origin,

disability, sexual orientation, or ancestry.
Philadelphia Department of Human Services
               1515 Arch Street
            Philadelphia, PA 19102



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