Waiting to be adopted can feel like an eternity for children in foster care. It is especially hard for teenagers, like Gunner who has been featured on Wednesday's Child several times since 2010. He is now 17 and running out of time. Finding a family for a sibling group is also difficult. Raven, Ramona, Radarius and Rashad have also been featured several times but the wait continues.
Raven was 16 when she was last featured, Ramona, 12, Rashad 9 and Radarius was 6 years old. Raven lives in a separate foster home. She is clearly the mother figure for her siblings.
"It's like hard cause every time we like leave each other, we just automatically start crying", said Raven.
The children say they want to be together in one home and they want parents who will help them with their education.
"A family that can be there for us like in hard times", Ravon said.
"Some good parents, that gonna take care of us and not beat on us", said Ramona.
"A family that lets us play with our toys, do our homework, make us do our homework", Rashad said.
"She be by herself, I be by myself, and Raven be by herself, and Rashad be by himself. But what if you all get adopted together? I'd be happy", said Radarius.
Also still waiting for a family is 17 year old Gunner. He believes manners matter and is always courteous and respectful.
"I like doing science and stuff like that. And when I grow up I want to be an inventor", Gunner said.
Gunner says he is ready for an adoptive family.
"I like to be around cool people, you know like people who actually enjoy me. And it doesn't matter what race they are as long as I get a family", said Gunner.
Another sibling group we featured last year is in a placement. Lakendrick, Ladarion and Sankiya are now waiting for their adoption to become official.
To learn more about adoption through the Department of Human Services, call the Mississippi Adoption Resource Exchange at 1-800-821-9157.
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