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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.


Marcus (16) is a sociable, chatty kiddo who makes friends everywhere he goes. He is ALL ABOUT mechanics and “fixing stuff” — if anything breaks around the house, within a few hours Marcus will have made a solution from duct tape, hanger wire, and Legos. He’s observant of the world around him, which is also a nice way of saying he’s dis-tracted easily.


Jonathan has an awesome sense of humor and enjoys interacting with peers and adults. He loves animals and grew up in a family that raised three tiny dogs. His teachers report that he is a hard worker and a good student. Jonathan is a good reader and has always loved to read.


Kayla is a funny and engaging teen who loves music, movies, fashion, and Facebook! She’s very social (she can talk to just about anyone) and has many friends. Kayla is a leader among her peers, although she still sometimes gets caught up in teenage drama! Kayla is very creative and can often be found with a notebook full of songs, stories, and quotes that she carries with her.


Carissa is the life of the party according to 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.


Rachael is a smart and active 13-year-old. Like most young teens, she likes listening to music, playing basketball, and hanging out with her friends. Rachael enjoys learning and does well in school— her favorite subject is math. She has a quick wit and fun sense of humor, although she can also bring the teenage attitude!

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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.


Nathan is a 15-year-old young man with a charming smile and infectious laugh. He can enjoy himself relaxing at home watching movies and playing video games, or spending time outdoors. His favorite season is winter because he loves to snowmobile.

Tayven, Ella and Austin

Tayven (10) loves to do art, play outside, and ride his bike. His sister Ella (6) has been in preschool for a few years and does very well. Their brother Austin (4) is a mini “comedian.”


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.


Kevin frequently puts on a button-down shirt and a tie when new adults come to visit. No matter that it’s all undone in a matter of seconds, because here, hold this basketball, wait, no, look at this pumpkin, wait, CAN WE GO BOWLING?!?!?!?!?!


Ambrosia is a natural performer; a charming girl, full of flair, with a dazzling smile which she shares generously. But when it comes to Ambrosia and her thoughts about a family – it’s not an act. She wants the real deal: a family where she doesn’t have to perform to earn love; a family who will accept her and not give up on her.


Dylan is a 17-year-old boy with a big heart and a unique sense of humor! He is really interested in rocks and has quite an impressive collection. Dylan also enjoys walking and exploring outdoors, particularly hiking around quarries and woods. Dylan likes to go swimming and work out at the local YMCA.


Duvan does not have the perennially sunny disposition of his brother Riley, but his smile is well worth working for because it lights up his face. Duvan is a natural athlete and he loves all kinds of sports.


Jasper is VERY sporty. She loves skateboarding, snowboarding, dancing, and riding her bike. Jasper also has a deeply creative inner life that she loves to share. Give her a little while to get to know you, and it won’t be long before she’s showing you her poems, songs, raps, crafts, plays, or sewing.


Christian is an easy-going, respectful teenager and he loves being with people. Although he may not always initiate conversations, Christian enjoys talking and responds well to open-ended questions and likes to share his thoughtful, honest perspective.


Matheau is an unintentionally hilarious 15-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.


Julia will never leave you wondering what her thoughts, feelings, or opinions are. She’s an intelligent young girl who is deeply, deeply teenage. One minute, she wants to hear all about your thoughts on a topic. The next minute, she is telling you what’s what. The minute after that, she’s gossiping about her friends or the Vampire Diaries.


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.


"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."


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.


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?

“Ampersand is amazing!  They are there for you 100% or more. Love them all.”


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