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.

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.

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. 


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!


Austin is a kind and helpful 16-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.


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. 


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!


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.


Aleonna is a savvy 15 year old, and once she warms up to you she’s full of funny yet sophisticated charm. Aleonna enjoys watching scary movies, and she sometimes finds them to be funny and can’t help but laugh while watching them. She’s really into arts and crafts and likes to paint.

Harley and Abbie

Harley and Abbie are a fun, engaging, hilarious sibling pair! They like arts and crafts, playing board games, being outside, going to church, and spending time with friends. Both sisters are charming and talkative and enjoy spending one on one time with adults. Harley is sweet and thoughtful, although she sometimes needs to be reminded that she doesn’t need to be responsible for her younger sister. These great girls are chatty, playful, and enjoy getting lots of attention!


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.


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.

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.


Samantha, who goes by Sammy, is a funny and smart 14 year old. She is a fun, quirky young lady who does not hesitate to say what’s on her mind! Sammy loves music and has a long list of favorite singers (one of her dreams is to someday meet Shakira!).


“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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.”

Why choose Ampersand Families?

Ampersand Families’ work is founded on a simple belief: permanent relationships and belonging are every person’s birthright, and are necessary to a healthy, productive life.

Steve, former board member

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