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Meet Keonna and Kevionna



Keonna is an African-American little girl who will be 10-years-old in April 2014. Her personality is described as outgoing, affectionate and playful. This talented young lady loves to sing and dance, and does not hesitate to perform when asked. She has been blessed with a beautiful voice and wants to be a singer when she grows up. She has shared her gift of singing by participating in the church choir. Keonna is in the 3rd grade. In order to remain on target academically, Keonna has received additional help inside the classroom, and benefits from extra help with homework outside of the classroom. Daily, Keonna works hard to communicate effectively and make positive behavior choices.

Kevionna is an African-American little girl, who turned 6-years-old in January 2014. As most children her age, Kevionna is proving her independence by mastering “big girl” tasks, which she is always eager to share as her best accomplishments. Kevionna has her own personality and is known for being the “boss” in the family. She looks up to her older sister and generally follows her requests unless she has a better idea. Kevionna is in Kindergarten and is on target academically. She has an IEP in place for speech and receives speech therapy at school. Kevionna enjoys riding her bike and playing outside.

Keonna and Kevionna have been in foster care for over five years. In their short lives, the girls have experienced numerous disappointments and a loss of control of their circumstances. They are in need of a loving family who can provide support and be patient with them as they transition into a new home. Keonna and Kevionna are in need of a stable environment where they are either the only children in the home or one without any older male children in the home. Ongoing therapy will be beneficial for everyone to help ease this transition.

Keonna and Kevionna’s birthparents rights have been terminated and they are both legally free for adoption. If you have any questions or would like to expand your family contact LFCS at 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS and ask for the Majic Adoption Village Worker.

Visit LFCS at www.LFCSmo.org to meet other children who are waiting for adoptive homes. Please share this information with someone you know who wants to become an adoptive or foster parent.

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 Meet Derek





Derek is an African-American young man who will be 14-years-old in April 2014. His artistic ability is very impressive to those that know him. Derek would share that his favorite hobby is drawing, but he would also tell you that he has inspirations to play the piano at church. One of his wishes includes taking piano lessons to improve his skills. Like most performers, Derek does not mind being the center of attention. Additionally, Derek can be very respectful and polite, but when things don’t go as he has planned, he may struggle to find a suitable solution that meets everyone’s expectations.

Derek attends public school and has an IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) to support his academic success. The routine and required expectations of school have been a challenge for Derek. A few of the things that he must work on daily is controlling his behavior, showing respect for others, following rules and controlling his anger.

He has been reprimanded when he does not follow the rules and a team is working within the school to best meet his needs. Although less frequent and to a much lesser degree, some of Derek’s behaviors at school are also exhibited in the home. Seeing a counselor weekly helps Derek process what he is feeling, why he is making certain choices, as well as any concerns about being in foster care.

Derek would do best in two-parent household, and would not have any problems with having siblings in the home. Derek has connected and bonded with his current foster family, so moving to an adoptive family would require a bit of preparation, even though Derek is excited about having a family to call his own. Included in his wish for an adoptive family, is that they have a family pet or be willing to consider getting a pet. Derek does his best when there is structure and consistency in the household. He is also known for being helpful around the house. Derek is legally free for adoption and his birthparents rights have been terminated. If you have any questions or would like to expand your family contact LFCS at 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS and ask for the Majic Adoption Village Worker.

Visit LFCS at www.LFCSmo.org to meet other children who are waiting for adoptive homes. Please share this information with someone you know.

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Meet Shanniyah, Travio and Mia



Shanniyah is a gorgeous eleven-year-old African-American girl. When she enters a room, her brown eyes and big smile can light up a room. Shanniyah enjoys playing on the Wii and is known to be a very “fashionable” dresser. Shanniyah is One Direction’s number one fan and has tons of posters, blankets, and pillows to prove it! This 6th grader is doing well in school, but can sometimes struggle with peer interactions. Shanniyah receives additional help in math and language skills.

Travion is a handsome five-year-old, African-American boy with brown eyes and black hair. He is shy at first, but warms up relatively quickly once he is comfortable with his environment. Travion is athletic and loves to play outdoors. One of his favorite activities is playing sports with his foster father. He also enjoys riding his bike and scooter. Travion is a cuddlier, he loves to snuggle and read before bedtime. Travion attends a preschool program on a full time basis. He is thriving in preschool where he loves learning new tasks and skills. Additionally, Travion has positive relationships with his peers and teachers.

Mia is the youngest of this wonderful trio. This adorable four-year-old, African-American little girl has brown eyes and black hair like her siblings. She has a tendency to be shy around people she doesn’t know, but is able to warm up to individuals once she is comfortable. Mia still finds comfort in using a pacifier and her foster parents are in the process of breaking this habit. Mia attends a full time daycare program and does not exhibit any social or behavioral problems. Mia’s only health concern is that she suffers from asthma and sees a specialist to monitor her asthma plan. Throughout the year Mia utilizes a nebulizer to assist with keeping her lungs healthy and clear.

This trio is ready to “triple” your heart. A family who is ready to have fun enjoying youth sports or children’s activities is what these children hope to have someday. Their biggest wish is to be placed together in their forever family.

Shanniyah, Travion and Mia have a very strong bond and have always been placed together. This sibling group is legally free for adoption. If you have any questions or would like to expand your family contact LFCS at 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS and ask for the Majic Adoption Village Worker.

Visit LFCS at www.LFCSmo.org to meet other children who are waiting for adoptive homes. Please share this information with someone you know who wants to become an adoptive or foster parent.

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Meet Anthony and Corey



Anthony and Corey, both African-American boys, are a little over a year apart. Anthony was born in June 2000 and Corey was born in October 2001. The children entered foster care due to a chronic situation of instability in their living environment. Even with the challenges faced early in their lives, they continue to want a family to provide consistency, unconditional love and support in spite of their conduct when they make a mistake.

Anthony is a very athletic, energetic young man whose personality has been described as laid back. Anthony has a love for sports and a natural athletic ability. He really excels in this area and would like to explore this gift. Even younger brother Corey says that “Anthony helps him improve his skills for a variety of sports”. When not involved with sports, Anthony enjoys playing video and board games and going to the arcade with his brother. He also likes to read comic books. Anthony excels academically; he enjoys learning and reading books. Anthony has received such honors as being on the Honor Roll, the Extra Effort Club and has had perfect attendance. A former teacher expressed that “Anthony is a very conscientious worker, paying close attention to the smallest details of each task, assignment and activity. You can tell that it is important for Anthony to do a good job and he takes pride in his work. He really is an amazing young man doing great things.” At school, Anthony struggles with having consistent behavior. He needs additional support in the classroom and at home.

Corey is the comedian of this duo and even Anthony admits that “Corey always keeps him laughing”. Corey like his brother enjoys playing sports and video games. Outside of sports, Corey enjoys playing chess, puzzles and coloring drawings. His caseworker describes him as having a very friendly personality and a tendency to be a follower to his older brother. If you ask Corey about his favorite food he will excitedly tell you McDonald’s is his restaurant of choice. Corey enjoys learning and is a good student. He could benefit from additional support with reading and completing his homework. Corey, too, struggles with getting into mischief at school. His main issues are playing around too much in the classroom, resolving conflict with his peers and talking at inappropriate times. One of Corey’s teachers shared that, “he shows a great effort in the classroom and is eager to learn. Corey does well with working in small groups and has good class participation”.

Anthony and Corey have been in and out of foster care since they were ages five and four years old. While Anthony and Corey have a close relationship, at times conflict can interfere with their relationship. The brothers benefit from ongoing therapy including family therapy. They will need to continue therapy when they are adopted. Additionally, they have younger siblings who they hope to have contact with in the future. Anthony and Corey are legally free for adoption.

If you have any questions or would like to expand your family contact LFCS at 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS and ask for the Majic Adoption Village Worker.

Visit LFCS at www.LFCSmo.org to meet other children who are waiting for adoptive homes. Please share this information with someone you know who wants to become an adoptive or foster parent.



Meet Destiny and Chante'



Destiny is an 11-year-old, African-American little girl. She is looking forward to turning 12-years-old in May. This 5th grader enjoys playing outside, particularly jumping rope. She is a quiet young lady who values being respectful to adults and “doing good.” Her dream vacation would be exploring Hawaii. She thinks putting her toes in the sand at the beach could be great fun. Destiny and her sister share a bedroom and on any given day, you will find that Destiny’s side of the room is neat and orderly. She enjoys trying new food and will eat almost any food offered without complaint. Destiny’s favorite subject is Math. She struggles with reading and is a child who benefits from encouragement and assistance in the area of academics. Overall, she enjoys school. A few wishes on her list include going to Six Flags this summer, going horseback riding and mastering “Double Dutch” where she can perform a few tricks.

Chante’ is the baby of her birth family. She is an 8-year-old, African-American girl who also celebrates a birthday in May. Chante’ is in the 3rd grade and already has aspirations to be a teacher when she grows up. Chante' has a good imagination and likes to play dress-up. She is active and enjoys playing outside, skating, going to the park and jumping rope. She is described as the child that will “run instead of walk”. Chante’ is very affectionate and craves much attention, even if it is from a negative behavior. She is a junk food junkie and loves snacks of all kinds. Her favorite meal is her foster mother’s chicken, rice and green beans. Chante’ benefits from structure, boundaries and consistent direction.

Destiny and Chante’ have three older siblings with whom they would like to remain in contact. They are currently involved in supervised sibling visits that occur about once a month. Termination of parental rights has occurred for Destiny and Chante’. They are legally free for adoption. If you want more information about Destiny and Chante’ please call LFCS at 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS and ask for the Majic Adoption Village Worker.

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Meet Brock



Brock is an adorable child that loves dogs and hopes that the family that adopts him will have a dog. This funny 8-year-old has a good sense of humor and is looking forward to his birthday in May. Brock is Bi-racial and his ethnicity is African-American and Caucasian. In the future he would like to be an astronaut or an author, and with his above average IQ he can accomplish many of his goals with the support of loving adults in his life. Brock attended a summer camp where his athletic ability shined. He enjoys playing a variety of sports and if asked, he prefers to be busy rather than just sitting around the house.

Brock is a resilient little boy. He likes to work independently on completing daily tasks. If he runs into a problem, he prefers to work alone to figure out a solution even if it is very challenging. Academically, Brock has struggled with peer relations, but throughout this school year, Brock has shown improvement in and out of the classroom. Brock’s IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) is in place to address behavioral concerns in school. He is in a self-contained classroom with a handful of children rather than a larger, more typical size classroom. With this plan in place, Brock is showing much success.

The family that will love Brock forever needs to know that he does very well when he understands what is expected and has structure and boundaries. Changes that occur suddenly are difficult for Brock, he prefers days that are routine and predictable. Brock flourishes when he feels needed and loves to help with hands-on projects. He thrives when he has one-on-one attention and positive reinforcement or rewards.

Brock would do best in a firm, but loving two-parent household home that has extensive parenting experience, especially when dealing with challenging behaviors. Brock will also do well in a home where he is youngest child in the family. He will need unconditional love and lots of attention from his new family, especially as he goes through future life transitions. Due to the length of time in foster care and numerous placements, Brock does not form attachments easily. He needs a family who can give love without any predetermined expectations of receiving it back within a certain time frame. His parental rights have been terminated and he is available for adoption. If you would like to expand your family contact LFCS at 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS and ask for the Majic Adoption Village Worker.

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Meet Jauan



Jauan is a 13-year-old, African-American young man who is outgoing and compassionate. He enjoys playing video games, basketball, football and going out with his friends. This open and honest teenager visualizes himself having a career as a professional athlete. Jauan has budding leadership traits, which are motivating for his peers.

Adults in his life describe Jauan as a natural-born helper. At school, he is eager to help his teachers with passing out papers. At home, is willing to assist with simple tasks and projects. At times, Jauan can be outspoken and sometimes these situations turn into angry moments for him. Jauan is learning to deal with identifying his feelings and situations, in turn managing his anger appropriately. Additionally, he does best when changes and transitions are taken slowly. Like many children, Jauan thrives when he is able to be the center of attention.

Academically, Jauan benefits from an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). This plan assists him with setting and meeting classroom and academic goals. Weekly Jauan meets with a counselor to help him express any concerns, successes or just talk.

Jauan is a healthy young man. He is legally free for adoption and is eager to be a permanent member of a family. Jauan would like a two-parent home. He would do better in a home where he is the only child or a home that has significantly older children. If you would like to learn more about Jauan please contact LFCS at 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS and ask for the Majic Adoption Village Worker.

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As of March 31, 2007, there were 9,818 children in the custody of the Children’s Division in Missouri. The average age of children in foster care is just below 10 years old. Their average stay in foster care is over 27 months.

National numbers report that the foster care system has a disproportionately high number of African-American children, and on average they remain in foster care nine months longer than Caucasian children before moving to permanent homes.

The latest federal figures showed that in 2006, 32% of the 510,000 children in foster care were African-American, compared to 15 percent of all U.S. children. Please considering becoming a parent to a child that needs a home. 

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