Maria, 12, has a great sense of humor and is on the lookout for ways to make you laugh. She loves to be active (her current placement has a treehouse and she'll show you all the ways to climb to the top!) and also likes to spend time playing cards, reading and drawing. She always has a new game to play and is patient when explaining the rules. Maria is thoughtful and kind, and has a spark that draws people in.

Lemuel, who goes by Jay, can be reserved when you first meet him, but once he gets to know you he is a very talkative 10-year-old. He's athletic — basketball is his current favorite, but he's happy playing any sport that lets him run around — and is also creative. He's always working on a project, which could be his painted rock collection, complicated paint-by-numbers or teaching himself new origami patterns. He'll proudly show you his work and ask you to join in, too.

Maria and Jay would do well in an experienced two-parent home that has the ability to navigate various resources. They thrive with one-on-one attention and would like an active family committed to keeping up with their energy!

If you would like more information on adopting or fostering a Minnesota waiting child, please e-mail or call 612-861-7115.