Photo by Siri Kaur

Kamiya is a very sweet and soft-spoken eleven year-old. Despite her kind and quiet demeanor, Kamiya loves scary movies and was a Zombie for Halloween, which is one of her favorite holidays! Once in a front of the camera, Kamiya had no problem showing off her contagious and beautiful smile.

She also has an artistic side, expressing herself in drawing and painting. She enjoys doing crafts like making bracelets and being creative at home. She is very well liked at school and hopes to be a teacher when she grows up. She is making great strides in school and loves to learn.

Kamiya is a respectful and polite young lady who never forgets to say please and thank you. She continues to search for that one missing piece in her life: a forever family to call her own. Kamiya does have an older brother she wants to keep in touch with, so any family who considers adopting her must be open to supporting this relationship.

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Kamiya or other kids like her, please Contact Us.

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Photo by Anne Richardson-Daniel

Meet a young man in search of a strong Christian family. Yayveontay, born in 2008, is an active young boy who enjoys playing Super Hero games, watching TV, sports, working on puzzles, and playing with toy cars. He likes to eat hot dogs, mashed potatoes and gravy, and oatmeal and milk. He has no health or developmental issues and, with help, has improved his behavior.

Yayveontay identifies as Christian and enjoys reading the Bible and having discussions about the Bible. Yayveontay understands the meaning of adoption and wants to be adopted by a family that knows about him. A strong, experienced and loving adoptive family can give him support and allow him to thrive.

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Yayveontay or other kids like him, please Contact Us.

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Photographed by Richard Rosales

At just 14 years old, Gerardo has already achieved so much in his young life. He has made amazing progress with his grades, behaviors, and relationships and now, he’s ready to find a forever family!

Gerardo’s big smile and desire to help others is contagious. Last year, he had the opportunity to meet his favorite Lakers player, Kobe Bryant. As he watched the Lakers play, he was showcased his witty and articulate personality while expressing some of his hopes and dreams.

His future goal is to become a lawyer and hopes a permanent family will fight and advocate for him and all his future endeavors, because every heart blooms with love.

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Gerardo or other kids like him, please Contact Us.

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Photo by Sal Owen

Marie’s long, beautiful hair is just one of many unique attributes she possesses. Marie is 11 years old and currently in the 6th grade. Although it may take time for her to get comfortable around others, when she does, Marie is can be very loving and positive with both her peers and adults. On the day this photo was taken, Marie enjoyed eating lunch and ice cream, easily engaged with the staff – participating in conversations with various adults – and appeared to enjoy being pampered.

Marie has a strong sense of style, as evident in the picture! She is a typical pre-teen; she loves her Vans shoes, listening to music, and curating possessions from her biological family. Marie keeps a digital key chain she received from a family member that has several baby photos of herself and pictures of her family. She works with a therapeutic team, learning how to cope with some of the experiences she has encountered during her short life, but Marie still maintains her resiliency and looks forward to the day her forever family finds her.

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Marie or other kids like her, please Contact Us.

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Photographed by Luwin Kwan

Kenny is a sweet and energetic ten-year-old boy who loves to play tetherball at school and video games at home. He is very active, loves to play outside, and absolutely loves sports – whether attending sporting events or being a proud member of his soccer team.

Kenny also enjoys outdoor activities, including riding dirt bikes, camping, swimming, and hiking. Kenny has made enormous improvements in school and continues to respond well to all who help him grow into a responsible young man.

He receives extra help in reading and speech and continues to improve in those areas. His forever family will have to be one who never gives up, nurtures him – allowing Kenny to feel safe and loved, and ready to take adventures with him!

Kenny is attached to birth family members, which are beneficial to his well-being as he continues to grow. Kenny is bilingual in both English and Spanish and also listens to Spanish music.

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Kenny or other kids like her, please Contact Us.

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Photo by Marjorie Salvaterra

Meet Crystal a sweet, kind-hearted, intelligent girl who knows what she wants in life and a top priority for her is to have a forever family! Crystal is a well grounded young lady who can engage in a deep conversation, but is also light spirited and playful.

She likes to be active and is a sports lover by nature, she enjoys playing and watching any sport. Crystal’s favorite subjects in school are math and science and her dream is to one day become a veterinarian so that she could be surrounded by animals all day long! Her love for animals is obvious as her eyes lit up when she saw dogs at the photo shoot.

Although Crystal has been through a lot of grief and loss, her resiliency shines through and the hopes of having a forever family that can help her achieve her full potential!

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Helen or other kids like her, please Contact Us.

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Photo by Anne Richardson-Daniel

Helen (2003) is a very sweet and loving little girl. Despite the losses she has experienced, she is determined and resilient. Helen is well behaved, outgoing and likes having fun with her friends. She also enjoys playing her violin and listening to music. Helen’s favorite singer is Ariana Grande and her favorite sport is basketball. She enjoys playing and watching a good game.

Helen attends middle school and recently completed 6th grade. Despite the new challenges that middle school has to offer, she enjoyed it and did well academically. Helen is benefiting from therapeutic services and has a very clear understanding of why she is in foster care. Helen wants a loving family that will nurture and provide her a safe and stable environment.

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Helen or other kids like her, please Contact Us.

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Photographed by Paula Stoeke

These two sweet and charming brothers, Edgar and Leonel, are no strangers to putting on their best sweet smiles. These boys have great personalities; they are friendly, calm, and well mannered. And, soccer, soccer, soccer, is their love, they enjoy watching the sport, learning, the sport, and most of all playing the sport.

Edgar also enjoys reading and helping others. He is a good listener and likes the stories people share with him. He receives special education services to assist him with visual and auditory processing. With supportive services in place, Edgar is able to accomplish so many things in life!

Leonel enjoys silly things and laughing. He is very social and is well liked by his peers. Apart from soccer, Leonel likes to draw and has a special interest in cars, especially Camaros. He enjoys reading about cars and hopes to one day design the future models of the Camaro line. He has a vivid imagination and is able to talk endlessly about any subject!

Edgar and Leonel will surely make you feel like proud parents with their wide range of abilities and capacities! These sweet boys would excel in an experienced family system, one who is open to learning how to navigate the special education system.

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Edgar, Leonel or other kids like them, please Contact Us.

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Photo by Marjorie Salvaterra

Latrina is a girl with many talents, including dancing, singing, art, photography, and making jewelry for fun! She also enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, especially trips to the mountains where she likes to read and write.

Latrina has the leadership skills needed to succeed in life, but does have some boundary issues that she is learning to control with different coping mechanisms. She would thrive with a family environment that can positively groom those skills.

She has three brothers and a sister with whom she shares a strong bond and would love a forever family that appreciates these relationships and helps maintain these important connections. Latrina is looking for a forever family that will nurture her many talents so that she can prosper and do well in life.

Special thanks to the Children’s Action Network and the Heart Gallery LA for use of their photos. CAN uses the power of the entertainment community to increase awareness about children’s issues and to make them a top priority in everyday life.

If you’re interested in fostering Latrina or other kids like her, please Contact Us.

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