What We Do
Markell

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.

Dylan

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.

Jasper

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.

Daniel

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.

Cloey

"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."

Riley

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.

Jonathan

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.

D’Artagnan

Fun-loving and talkative, D’Artagnan is often a delight to be around. He loves humor of all kinds and is surprisingly witty for a second-grader. He uses his whole body to express himself and doesn’t do anything halfway. His exuberance is occasionally exhausting but always endearing.

Christian

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.

Talondre

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.

Jacob A

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.

Ambrosia

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.

Rachael

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!

Hope

Hope is a proud country girl. She has grown up in small farming communities and that is clearly where her heart is. She is open and funny in conversation and tends to have a dry sense of humor. Although she enjoys shopping and getting her hair done, she also loves fishing and riding a four-wheeler.

Kayla

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

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.

Nathan

Nathan is a 16-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.

Christjon

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!

Matheau

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.

Leo

Leo is a 14 year old young man that describes himself as “daring, friendly, and responsible”. Others might also describe him as charming, intelligent, and curious. He has lots of interests and is open to trying new things. Leo particularly enjoys rapping, basketball, and BMX biking.

Kevin

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?!?!?!?!?!

Why choose Ampersand Families?

Jen and Michelle spoke the truth about Permanency!! Explained what is and is not permanent for the child.  Best workshop of the conference!

National CASA Conference workshop participant

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