Chris and Alicia

Chris has a smile that can light up a room!  He likes to watch and play all kinds of sports and prefers to shoot baskets more than read books.  Chris worries if someone he cares about is struggling and will stand up for anyone he considers a friend.  He can be quiet at times but will bust out a hilarious one-liner when its least expected. Alicia is feisty and tough but also kind hearted; she is a supportive friend and older sister.  Although she likes to get decked out occasionally, she’d usually prefer to be in jeans, tossing a fishing line to see what bites. 


Aiden suggested putting that he is a “good kid” on here. He then said he was just kidding, but those are the exact words that people in his life have used to describe him.  You will also notice how polite he is as soon as you meet him, as he shakes your hand and says thank you for any treats he receives. He enjoys being outdoors, and some of his favorite activities include Rubik’s cube, drawing, coloring, rock climbing, swimming, and camping.

Amerie and Angel

Although Amerie and Angel don’t look alike and will surely claim they are polar opposites, a little time with them reveals that these sisters have a lot in common. They are both unique and true to themselves. They are friendly, interesting and completely delightful to be around.


Crystal doesn’t have too many preferences when thinking about what she wants in a family, but she thinks she would do well in a single mom family or a mom and dad family. Crystal does have two younger brothers who she would like to remain in contact with. She is open to there being other children in an adoptive family, especially older siblings. Crystal is open to living in a variety of different communities. All in all, Crystal will do well with a family that can provide her with a lot of attention and affection, a family that likes talking and chatting, a family that can provide her with opportunities for personal empowerment, and a family that has or is open to having pets—preferably a cat.


Lilly says she is shy, but that’s hard to believe. It only takes about ten minutes for her to be awfully chatty, and this girl has A LOT of questions. Like, what’s your favorite spot in the house? What’s your favorite movie? What are your TOP TEN apples, okay, your TOP FIVE, wait, you don’t even have a TOP THREE??? She really likes apples, and wants someday to try a Pacific Rose. She’s learning to play the guitar, and has set aside 30 minutes a day where she makes herself practice, even though it’s “so boring.” Those who know her describe her as artistic and creative.


Vinny is a “people person,” but he will find time to unwind on his own by watching a scary movie, playing video games, or going for a walk to the park. He enjoys the social aspect of school and is well liked by his peers. Vinny also has a passion for sports particularly baseball, football, and basketball and he has played on a number teams. He also likes to follow sports and claims to be a huge Detroit Tigers fan and he can often be seen sporting Minnesota Wild gear. Lastly, Vinny loves to sing and he’s a member of his school’s choir.


When asked how he would describe his personality, Edward stated, “I’m perky, but sometimes grumpy.” Others in his life note that he is a very talkative, outgoing, funny, intelligent, and inquisitive young man. He is social and makes friends easily, and he can be very thoughtful and helpful to others. Edward has spent time on farms growing up and after a short time with him, you can tell he is very knowledgeable and interested in everything outdoors.


Christopher is a 12 year old boy who has been described by many as kind, sweet, and considerate. When most people first meet Christopher they take notice of his calm demeanor and his sense of curiosity. Christopher is very athletic and likes to play a number of sports - especially football. He likes to showcase his athletic energy as soon as he gets off of the school bus and races his older foster brothers to the front porch, and he usually wins!


Devante is a 12 year old boy who loves being active and on-the-go. He likes to run in 5K races and participates in a running club. Devante also has a “green thumb” as he has helped to grow and harvest a number of fruits and vegetables in the garden. He’s always looking for ways to help out and he loves to cut grass and use the weed-eater around the building grounds. He also takes care of the rabbits and chickens making sure they have enough water, food, and attention. Devante is a neat kid with good energy that he likes to put to use as he says that he doesn’t “have time” for video games.


Katrina or Kat (the nickname suits her well since she LOVES cats and has been known to wear cat ears, paw gloves and a tail, just for fun!) is fun-loving and sporty. The YMCA is one of her favorite places. In the summer, she can be found diving into the pool and in the winter she is on the basketball or racquetball court. She doesn’t necessarily know the rules to these games, but her enthusiasm and stamina more than make up for that!


If you ever have the privilege of meeting Ben, you will eventually be taken on an imaginative journey. Ben is very creative and is also quite talkative: creating a perfect opportunity to have silly conversations and think outside the box. Ben has a quirky sense of humor and is gifted with a quick wit. Ben wanted to make sure to let his future family know his other interests include “Barbies, dresses, high-heels that fit, and rainbows.”


Natasha has a calm and quiet disposition.  She is tall for a 13 year old and that height comes in handy because she loves to play basketball and is also interested in volleyball.  Although she may look slightly older than she is, at heart Natasha is still very much a girl in no particular hurry to grow up.  She is kind to younger children and has been a great asset at the daycare center her foster mother runs. 


Damien is one of those middle school boys you meet who shows that charming combination of being outgoing and chatty, but still kind of shy at the same time. When he relaxes in a social setting he is personable, soft spoken, polite, talkative, friendly and funny. He doesn’t always get the joke, but he’ll laugh and goof around anyway.

Jay and Maria

Maria and Lemuel (Jay) are active, engaging, and curious kids. They are constantly on the go and will spend all day playing outside if you let them! They are sweet, kind, and both have incredibly unique personalities.


Jenup’s smile will light up a room! He’s a super athlete (he’s already completed over ten 5k’s and started on his school’s track team!) and a super student- he is so proud of himself for doing well in school and has big goals for his future.


Rose likes A LOT of things that she’s happy to number off for you. She likes fuzzy blankets (and has about 15). She likes cats. She LOVES owls. She likes camping, swimming, softball, and arts and crafts. She is currently working on a “motivation board” that, as far as I can tell, is basically an owl collage. She likes Legos, and “building things? Like in a workshop?” Most importantly, she LOVES READING. LOVES IT.


Jaxen is an outgoing and chatty 6-year-old with a smile that can light up a room. He is filled with curiosity and likes to explore anything that he can, and he loves showing off his costumes and “stuffies” (stuffed animals) to new people he meets. Jaxen thrives when engaged in hands-on activities, and he particularly enjoys origami, legos, coloring, riding his bike, and playing video, computer, and board games.


Nick is funny, adaptable, resilient, and determined. He describes himself as compassionate, friendly, and loyal, and he relates well to others who use humor and can appreciate his sense of humor, even if it at times it walks the edge of what is appropriate for the situation. Nick is 16 years old, and the second oldest in a family of four boys. He is well-liked by his teachers and they describe him as the “class clown.”


At age 17, Ben is the oldest of 4 boys, and he has spent much of his life caring for his younger brothers. Ben has varied interests, including longboarding, hiking, climbing, baseball, watching movies, doing puzzles, and listening to music. Since Ben is typically outgoing and likes social interaction, he is on the move a lot. He enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the mall, working, going to the movies and hanging out at the local community center. He has done well with holding down a couple jobs and is described as hard-working and motivated when it comes to working.


“Everybody loves this kid!” - that’s the kind of thing you hear about Sierra. A long list of positive adjectives follow when painting a picture of this dear girl including: loveable, caring, polite, helpful to others, sweet, fun, outgoing, positive, willing to try new things, and a good worker. She loves, loves, loves animals and has dogs, kittens, and bunnies to care for and play with in her current foster home.


Sammy likes Shakira. A LOT. THE MOST. Unless she ever hears Shakira has done drugs, because drugs are dumb and “you can’t be a role model if you do them.” She likes getting her hair done, or going to the Dollar Store. Sammy has trouble coming up with nice words to describe herself, but the adults who know her helped. She can be brave, and sticks up for other kids. She can be kind, like when she made a handmade card for a church friend who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. She can definitely be funny.


Austin is a kind and helpful 17-year-old with a big heart for animals—especially dogs. He is pretty introverted and it takes him a while to warm up to people, but once he feels comfortable around you—you will find that he has a great sense of humor, is a wonderful storyteller, and really enjoys talking with people he trusts. He is very active and has a great appreciation for outdoor activities—especially fishing.

Why choose Ampersand Families?

The founders of Ampersand Families wondered if they could turn the clock back on statistics of kids aging out of care. What if more displaced youth experienced the commitment of a permanent, loving family and a safe place to heal? What if they transitioned to adulthood in a network of supportive, committed relationships, with a […]

Laura, Former Board Member

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