Jameeko is personable, polite and he loves to be in the company of others. In some ways Jameeko is a bit more mature than the average pre-teen. For instance, Jameeko will occasionally order a coffee over a soda, or he’ll check out what’s happening on the news channels before turning to a sports game.


"I am a 15 year old girl who is smart, funny, fashionable, and musical. Others might describe me as “giggly, caring, caring toward others, and social.” I can be stubborn and sassy sometimes,. For fun, I like to go to Valley Fair, football, basketball, shopping, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail), and spending time with friends. I love music —screamo, rap, heavy metal and country."


Carissa is the life of the party according to her sister, Lindsey. She is sweet, chatty, creative, and likes to catch you off guard with a hilarious and outlandish comment. She has a childlike sweetness, and a quick way to your heart. She is up for trying new things, and is hoping to join her high school basketball team for the first time this year.


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.


Matheau is an unintentionally hilarious 17-year-old know-it-all. His catchphrase is, “Uh, obviously,” second only to, “Well, actually.” Matheau doesn’t just want you to think he knows everything, but he would actually like to know everything, if he could.


If Daniel happens across a treat, no matter how small, the first thing he will try to do is figure out how he can share it. He prides himself on noticing details and figuring out how things work.


Spending time with Riley is often like basking in a ray of sunlight. His dark hair frizzes around his cherubic face like a halo and he immediately grasps your hand, confident that his friendliness will be returned.


Elijah is open minded and interested in hearing a wide variety of ideas and viewpoints. He appreciates food and thinks he might like to be a cook one day. He helped his foster dad can tomatoes recently and he makes a mean lemon bread.


Markell is a polite and charming 15-year-old. He is funny, engaging, and loves to be active. He likes sports and is a valued player on his basketball and football teams. He’s very responsible about going to practice and his coaches say that he is a great team player. Markell is smart and takes his education seriously.


Talondre has the manners of a perfect gentlemen and a smile that can light up the room. He is a charming, go-with-the-flow kind of kid. People who know Talondre well describe him as “funny and playful, engaging and sweet.” He stays active by playing sports, riding his scooter, or spending time at the park.


Talkative, polite, quirky, and funny are all great ways to describe Jayden. Jayden shares what’s on his mind, but he’s also very introspective. If Jayden could spend the day doing anything it would be playing video games or spending time on the computer. However, Jayden has many interests including playing chess, watching Dr. Who, building with Legos, collecting Pokémon cards, and looking through car magazines.


Jacob elicits the same response in everyone who knows him - unqualified affection. With a quick smile and an engaging look, he charms pretty much everyone he meets.

Amani, Ashante & Iyahna

Amani, Ashante, and Iyahna need a family that can keep up with their high energy! They would do great in a family who is active and engaging and who will support each of them as their own unique person.

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.


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.


CJ (16) can be reserved when you first meet him, but he opens up with people that he trusts. He tends to be pretty easy-going, although when it comes to a topic he cares about he will definitely speak up!

Why choose Ampersand Families?

“My interest in adoption is based on the way that I was raised. I was blessed to be a part of a happy, healthy home.  One of the things my parents instilled in me is that it is not right to just sit back and watch the world wishing for change.  If something is important, […]


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