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Wendy
Wendy

Wendy
Florida

Basic Info

Wendy

Age: 47
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian
Religion: Jewish

Child Preferences

Age: Infant to 12 years old
Sex: Either
Max Number of Children: 3
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, African American, Asian, Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander


Special Needs the Family is Open To: Mild Physical/Medical Disability (Open to Discussion), Asthma, Drug Allergies, Environmental Allergies, Physically Aggressive to Other Children, Defiant, Difficulty in Attaching, Difficulty Making Friends, Lying, Manipulative, Poor Social Skills, Stealing, Tantrums-Severe, Wets the Bed, Born with HIV issues or HIV Positive, Drug Addicted at Birth, Failure to Thrive, Low Birth Weight or Premature, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physically Disabled-Mild, Speech Delays - Mild, Vision Impaired, Academically behind due to poor attendance, Cognitive Delay - Mild, Expulsion(s), Has Behavior Problems in School, Mild Learning Disabilities, Speech or Language Impairment, Suspension(s), One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Depression, One/Both Parents Have Alcohol Addiction, One/Both Parents Have Drug Addiction, One/Both Parents Diagnosed with Bipolar, Exposed to Domestic Violence, One/Both Parents Have Had a Mental Diagnosis, Child has had a disrupted adoption, Multiple Placements, ADHD, Diabetes, Adjustment Disorder, Aspergers Syndrome, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Requires Medication For Psychiatric Condition/Mental Health Diagnosis, Requires Counseling/Therapy, Destructive of Property, Willing to Maintain Contact via Mail with Bio Family, Willing to Maintain Contact with Past Foster Parents, Willing to Maintain Contact with Bio Grandparents & Other Relatives, Willing to Maintain Contact with Bio Siblings, Child Identifies as LGBT, History of Sexually Acting Out, Sexually Abused in the Past, Sexually Active

Environment

State: Florida
Neighborhood: Suburban
Residency:
Children in the Home: 0
Pet(s): Dog(s)

Work

Wendy

Occupation: Teacher

Adoption Agency

Agency: Children's Home Society
Worker: Yolanda Demont
City: Sanford
State: Florida
Zip: 32773

Family Description

I can't wait to be a Mommy! I'm a single mom looking to create a forever family. I am a middle school teacher. I live in a single story 3 bedroom house, in a suburban area north of Orlando, FL. I live and work in an A rated school district. When I'm not teaching, I'm usually taking my dog Sadie on some adventure which I capture through my lens as a Professional Photographer. I have a large "village" of Family and Friends, many of which have children of varying ages. I enjoy traveling, and exploring many cultures and experiences. I would love to meet my children and start our adventure together.

Preference Description

I'm looking to adopt a sibling group of 2 or 3 under 11.I prefer male or mixed group. I'm able to consider minor or medically correctable conditions. I'm open to a child with special needs such as PTSD, attachment, learning, but no serious medical issues.

The Elkes- Family Profile

I am looking to adopt a child or sibling group of two or three, preferably under the age of 13. I am hoping for a male or mixed/male group. I am hoping my children to be of Caucasian, Hispanic, Bi-racial, Native American, Pacific Islander, mixed, or unknown. As a single parent, I would consider any child with mild disabilities, and can consider moderate disabilities on a case by case basis. I have a psychology and education background, so I have experience with learning disabilities, abuse (physical and sexual), and neglect needs. I would love children that look forward to having a dog, as my Golden Retriever is very excited about meeting them. A perfect fit would be children who want to be loved unconditionally, not only by their Mom (me), but their grandfather, aunts, uncles, many cousins and extended family, which are all in the area. Children who like adventures, traveling, and learning something new every day would benefit from being part of my family, as I would most definitely benefit from being their Mom. I enjoy spending a lot of time with my family and friends, most of whom have children.

Introduction

My name is Wendy, and I have been a full time middle school teacher for twenty two years. I love teaching most when I can help a child realize his or her true brilliance. While teaching has brought me a stable and fulfilling career, I have many other hobbies and passions. I love to travel. I have fond memories from my childhood family vacations and road trips. A few years ago I had even retraced one of the trips we did as a child, and called my Mom and Dad to give them my updates. I want to share with my children the love for the outdoors and adventure. My other true passion is photography. In the past five years, I have taken my hobby of taking pictures and scrapbooking to a full professional photography business. I do a lot of advocacy. I have been a facilitator for the local GLBTQ youth group. I have mentored my students, many of which I am still in touch with. I fundraise and work to spread awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease that took my Mom from us three years ago.

Home and Community

I live in Central Florida, in a suburb just north of Orlando. I have a one story, three bedroom and two bath house with a large fenced backyard. It is the same house I grew up in. I live on a quiet street that has many families with many children. I can't wait to bring my children here. I am in an A+ school district, the same one I teach in. I am very close to the sunny Florida beaches, as well as the amusement parks.

In my area we have many parks, nature centers, science museum, biking trails, a great zoo, and the Jewish Community Center right down the road. The JCC is where I am able to access many activities, from scouts to sports, and even theatrical productions which the kids can participate in. I am a member of a Temple, and want to bring my children up in my faith. My Temple community has many families with children. I am eager to introduce my children to a wonderful cultural identity in addition to their own.

My Dad lives down the road, and is very eager to take care of my non-school aged children. My job allows me to be home in the mid afternoon and all evenings. I do not work on the weekends, and I have my summers off. I have one brother who is married and has two children. I spend as much time as I can with them. They are very eager to have a cousin.

Parenting Experience

I have had many experiences in parenting roles with children. One of my former students became my "son" when he was 13. Although he isn't biologically mine, nor was I able to legally adopt him, he was mine none the less - and I raised him and continue to be his mom. He will turned 30 this year. Prior to being a teacher, I was a Targeted Case Manager. In that job I coordinated services (psychological, medical, education liaison) for my clients, all children under fifteen. When that job ended, I became a full time teacher. I have been a teacher for twenty two years, with an average of one hundred and thirty students each year. Over the years I have mentored many students, many of whom still keep in touch. I have helped raise my god-son, who also was adopted, and been able to contribute to him becoming a successful young man. I have been a volunteer facilitator for the local GLBTQ youth group. As an educator, I have assumed parental roles with many of my students, sometimes providing them with food and clothing when their own family was unable. Many of the people in my extended family have children. To their children, I am always Aunt Wendy. Two of my other god-sons, whose mother aged out of the system a year ago, brighten my day. When their mother had difficulties providing the basic necessities, I provided food, transportation, clothing and even outings..

Support

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I am in the best village to ensure my children are always confident in knowing that they have a safe, loving, and stable home life. I have my biological family, including my dad, brother, my niece and nephew as well as many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

There are many of my friends who I also consider my family. They range in age, some without children and many with. They are anxiously waiting for my family to be whole.

I am a member of two adoption support groups. These groups have resources, trainings and discussions for the parents, and an opportunity for the children to meet other children who are also adopted.

Motivation to Adopt

From the time I was a child, I knew I was meant to be a mom. I tried for over ten years to have biological children, but at the end of ten years, it was determined that medically I wasn't able to. I immediately knew that adoption was the way to create my family. I want to adopt a sibling group, or multiple single children, because I know how wonderful my relationship with my brother is, and what it meant to me as I was growing up. I want to make sure siblings get to grow up with each other.