Age: 17

During a photo shoot at Barb Bergeson Photography Studio, lunch, and later experiencing gel nail art, we discovered how fun it is to hang out with Destiny. She loves trying new things and is great company. She shared her desire for a mom who will not only have fun with her, but also be there for day-to-day routines--like homework!


Age: 14

Hi, I'm Jasmine. I sometimes come across as shy or introverted, but I can also enjoy joking and fun, especially once I'm comfortable with someone. I can be a homebody. I'm content to draw, listen to music and spend solitary time. I'm a bit of a city girl. I like shopping and I might enjoy going to concerts, if I had the opportunity. I like to sketch and I'm artistic. I enjoy singing. I participate in choir at school. I like Math, but I'm not into Reading and Science. I'm going to be in 9th grade when I start school this fall. I look forward to classes starting. I want to go to college in four years. I might like to go into nursing or become a therapist of some sort. I would like to work with at-risk teens, maybe with those dealing with identity, depression or thoughts of suicide.


Age: 15

My name's Rogelia, but my friends call me "RJ." I like to listen to music, go out and do fun things, dance (especially hip-hop), and watch TV. My favorite subjects in school are drama, choir, and English. After high school, I'd like to attend college.

When people ask what I want out of life, I tell them I just want to be happy. I want a family with siblings, pets, a mom, and parents that are ok with me visiting and having a relationship with my biological family and previous guardians.


Age: 16

Hi, I'm Marissa. I'm nervous about doing Wednesday's Child, but here goes. I like to watch T.V., dance, ride my bike and swim. My friends and family call me a fish because I can stay in the water for days. People might describe me as funny, a little crazy and hyper, but nice. I don't like to see kids get bullied. I've experienced that myself. It can really make school not a great place to be when people are mean. I try to help out when I see someone being bullied.


Age: 15

Hey, I'm Jacklyn. I love animals; cats, dogs, all kinds of animals. I have kind of a gift. Mostly they love me--except I stay away from the ones that want to attack.

If you were to ask my best friend to describe me, she would tell you 'She's my BFF and we're actually like twins. We're both picky eaters, we both like animals, we both love to play video games, we're both not all the way mature yet because we like to pretend we're animals.' (laughter)


Age: 16

My name is Kesha. I like hanging out with friends, mostly walking around and talking. That's my favorite thing--spending time with people and just talking and spending time together. With family, I enjoy watching movies, family parties, barbecues...things like that. I'd like to go with family back to Portland. I loved seeing the ocean and aquarium there. That's part of why I really want to get into marine biology. I love the ocean and all the marine life in it.


Age: 15

Hope is another name for expectation or desire. That is something this pretty teen with curly hair as bright as a new copper penny carries in her heart. She has hope that she will soon be in a family that could build her trust and help her move past the hard times she has survived. Though she sometimes struggles with emotions related to the past, she is a genuinely sweet and likeable girl who goes with the flow in life.


Age: 10

Alexandria (who prefers Alex) is a bright, sensitive, caring young girl. She is of Hispanic and Caucasian heritage. Alex has a loving heart and likes to do nice things for other people. She loves to be a ‘girly’ girl, which might include playing dress up, putting on make up, painting her finger nails, singing, and dancing. She loves to color and draw. She enjoys swimming, and had lessons for the first time over the summer.


Age: 18

Hi, I'm Sarah. I would describe myself as unusual and maybe not what people expect. I love school, especially Debate, History and Math. In my spare time, I like to read, play Hackey Sack, ride my Long board or play cards. I like to play basketball and I like watching football and basketball games.