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About the children waiting to be adopted

The majority of the children waiting to be adopted are over the age of six. Those who await adoption under the age of six are usually part of a sibling group.

All of our children have experienced some level of abuse, neglect or loss. Despite all that has happened in their lives, most of the children in our permanent custody are just like any other children you know. They play, laugh and value friendships. Many are talented artists, musicians and athletes or may be gifted academically. Some may need specialized services to help them become more successful. They all have hopes and dreams for the future. They all deserve permanent, loving and committed families.

If you are interested in a specific child shown on our web site, please call 330-451-8789 to provide us with your contact information. Please note: We must receive your approved adoptive homestudy directly from your home agency to be considered for a waiting child. We regret that we cannot accept homestudies directly from prospective parents.

Information regarding our children can also be found on the Adopt US Kids website at www.adoptuskids.org.

For more information regarding The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy's Wonderful Kids Child-Focused Recruiters please visit www.davethomasfoundation.org.

A heart beside a child's name means he or she has been placed with a potential adoptive family.

Girls 9-18

Sierra Birthday: December, 2002
Sierra is very likable, smart and resourceful. She is caring and has a nurturing spirit and a desire to help children, those with special needs, and animals. Sierra is also artistic, funny and resilient. Her favorite school subject is science…
Contact: Kari Merrick
Email Contact: Kari.Merrick@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone Contact: 330.451.8812
Avaya Birthday: April, 2005
Avaya, whose nickname is Vay, is very caring and outgoing. She is 15 and is starting high school soon, her favorite subject is math. Avaya loves dogs and thinks she would someday like to go to college and study to become a veterinarian.…
Contact: Emily Jones
Email Contact: emily.jones01@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone Contact: 330-451-8760
Jada Birthday: May, 2005 In adoptive status
Outdoorsy and talented are the words Jada says best describe her. She enjoys horseback riding, swimming, camping, and cookouts and she would love to have a pet she could take for walks. Jada is kind and generous, likes helping around the…
Contact: Cayla Dunn
Email Contact: Cayla.Dunn@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone Contact: 330-451-8681
Lyric Birthday: August, 2005
Lyric says the word that best describes her is “interesting” and she would like to learn to speak French fluently. Lyric is a high school freshman who loves math and art. She is proud of her academic achievements and says it is…
Contact: Kari Merrick
Email Contact: Kari.Merrick@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone Contact: 330.451.8812
Abagail Birthday: August, 2007
Abagail, whose nickname is Abby, is very sweet and kind-hearted. Abagail is 12 years old and will be in the seventh grade for the 2020-2021 school year. Abagail's favorite subject is math. She would like to go to college one day and become a…
Contact: Kari Merrick
Email Contact: Kari.Merrick@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone Contact: 330-451-8812
Rayannah Birthday: January, 2008
Rayannah,12, is a seventh grader whose nickname is Ray. She is funny, has a positive outlook and always tries to find the good in everything! Rayannah works hard, likes to keep things neat and tidy, loves to swim and is a very good dancer.…
Contact: Cayla Dunn
Email Contact: Cayla.Dunn@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone Contact: (330) 451-8681
Sophia Birthday: January, 2011
Sophia, nine, is a bright and charming fourth grader with a radiant smile and a name she really likes. In fact, Sophia likes her name so much that she says she doesn’t need a nickname! Sophia enjoys school and likes being the student…
Contact: Emily Jones
Email Contact: Emily.Jones01@jfs.ohio.gov
Phone Contact: (330) 451-8760
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