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. 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.


Kayden is an outgoing child who has a great sense of humor and appreciates people who can joke around with him!  He’s very talkative once you get to know him, but is cautious when he is just meeting a new person or a new place.  Kayden is constantly working on his next K’NEX creation (usually roller coasters he has researched), loves playing with Legos and transformers, and has a great time climbing trees, bowling, sledding in the winter, watching baseball games and superhero movies, playing video games, and playing board games. 


Kiralynn is a caring, funny, and helpful young lady with a lot of ambition and wit. Kiralynn has the desire to have a career in the medical field to share her passion for helping those in need. She also has a love for music and most importantly, being a new mom.


Jaxon is a funny kid who likes to make people laugh. Jaxon can be extremely endearing. He is a polite kid and presents with good manners. Jaxon can be shy at first but once he feels comfortable, he can become very outgoing and talkative.


Gabrielle “Gabe” is an 8 year old boy who is full of energy and imagination. He’s been described as kind, helpful, and thoughtful. He loves to play with Legos and toys so that he can come up with superhero stories and eventually save the day! Gabe is active and likes being able to play outside to burn off his energy.


Katrina or Kat is a fun-loving 16 year old who loves Japanese Manga, Pokemon, and cartoon comedy.  She is creative and very artistic. She often communicates best through her drawings and is very relational. She enjoys one on one relationship building, and is very easy to get along with!


Selena is a bubbly, talkative, outgoing young lady who’s smile is contagious. Selena is a fascinating young lady to be around. She enjoys listening to music, writing music, in addition to, being hip to the latest dance moves.  Selena is very active and likes to play sports, especially basketball.


Derek (15) is a very inquisitive, clever and creative young man who likes to share strange, but interesting facts. Derek is a fascinating person to be around. He is the coolest nerd. His interests are: Dungeons & Dragons, LARP’ing [Live Action Role Play], creating ‘art’ with Legos, ‘alien watching/hunting, space, and ‘adventuring’ outdoors.

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.


Jayden is a playful 11 year old who is energetic and likes connections. He is non-verbal but is agile in teaching you to communicate with him in other ways such as holding your hand to let you know when he appreciates you or gestures with his hands to indicate that he would like something within your reach. He is a good eater and enjoys food of all sorts.


Jahairius (16), also known as, Jay, is a thoughtful, articulate young man who has a huge heart. Jay is very active and enjoys playing sports [football is his favorite], listening to music, and spending time with his peers. He has a ‘charming’ persona that people, young and old, tend to flock to. Jay has an interest in vintage cars. His favorite car of all times is the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback.


Cole has a big personality and likes to talk and ask questions about all sorts of things. Cole has a great sense of humor but also enjoys talking about serious topics. Cole absolutely loves cats and could talk about them all day long. Cole is a natural around animals and they are very therapeutic for him. Cole enjoys reading and can get lost in a good book for hours.


Antonio (16) describes himself as, “athletic, adventurous, and humorous.” Others have described him as, “kind, smart, calm, and easygoing.” Antonio LOVES to be outdoors and will be outside as much as he can,  rain or shine (“but preferably sun”). He’s especially enjoyed past opportunities to go four-wheel riding and hunting for sport. When he has to be inside, he enjoys playing video games (sports games), board games, and sleeping. He is a three season athlete football in the fall, basketball, in the winter, and soccer in the spring.


Alexa is talkative, outgoing, and enjoys the company of adults. Alexa can be very helpful with chores and delegated projects. Alexa is a fascinating young lady to be around. She enjoys listening to music [any genre besides Country], dancing to Hip Hop, reading and playing electronic games. Alexa is very athletic and likes to play all sports, especially full contact football.


Gabe is a competitive 14 year old who loves sports, especially basketball. He enjoys listening to music and will often rap to his favorite songs. He likes to make people smile and is always mindful of other’s needs. Gabe is into Fortnite and has been thinking about the possibility of being a YouTube guru.


Alexis is a very happy girl who expresses joy by smiling or clapping.  She really enjoys listening to music, being taken for walks outside, and being around other kids. She likes to watch her classmates when they are in the gym or in band when she's at school. Her favorite musical artist is Pink, but she enjoys a variety of other artists too!  Alexis has no shortage of people around her who care about her, and she seems to react positively to those individuals. 


Talondre is a curious and perceptive 15 year old. His charm, energy, and smile tend to earn him the attention of others. Others describe him as, “thoughtful, funny, engaging and sweet.” He cares deeply for people, particularly his siblings and caregivers and is fiercely loyal. He is an active youth who loves to play basketball, video games, and cook meals.


Kaylynn is an extremely social teen. She likes to be involved in all sorts of activities and enjoys making and hanging out with friends. Kaylynn does extremely well in school when she applies herself. Kaylynn is generous and kind and can be very intuitive and self-reflective if she wants to. She enjoys being part of teams and groups and is always eager to be in the midst of the action.


Dre'Vonne (Dre) is a funny, active, helpful, smart, and caring boy who can be a bit shy when you first meet him.  Dre tends to play it cool around strangers, but he warms up as he gets to know you over time.  Cracking silly jokes with him may get you an eye roll or eyebrow raise, but he enjoys using humor with others!  Dre loves anything/everything about basketball and would like to join his school basketball team.  He also has a passion for music (modern hip hop/rap), enjoys video games, reading, and likes remote control cars. 


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.


Talkative, polite, quirky, and funny are all great ways to describe Jayden. Jayden is engaging and will share what’s on his mind. He has a big heart and is loyal to the people he is closest to. Jayden is a reader and can spend a day lost in the pages of sci-fi or Greek mythology book. In between trips to the library, Jayden likes to spend time on computers and playing video games


Walker is a very thoughtful, friendly, and intelligent teenage boy.  Walker tends to be a straight A student, and has a lot of pride in his school work!  Because he does so well in school, Walker could be a great leader with his peers and is working on these skills.  He is quiet when you first meet him, but he does begin to open up with time.  Walker is a kid who can appreciate it when someone gets straight to the point but who can also talk through and process different topics of conversation with maturity when he wants to. 


Jaxen is an outgoing and chatty 8-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.


Madalyn (Mady) is a friendly, helpful, smart, and caring preteen who is very curious about the world around her and the people in it!  Mady not only dreams for herself but for her loved ones which is a true testament to who she is and can be as an individual.  Mady is a Harry Potter fan and is not afraid to own it!  Mady also enjoys reading graphic novels, watching TV (K.C. Undercover) and Youtube videos, working on coloring art projects or with play-doh, being outside, and listening to musical artists like Lizzo, Justin Bieber, and Kelsea Ballerini. 

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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