Payton Needs a Home




This is Payton. And he needs a home. He needs parents.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are about 118,000 children in the foster care system who are waiting to be adopted.

Payton is one of them.

Most of these kids are classified “special-needs.” They might have a physical disability, or be developmentally delayed, or have suffered abuse. They might be perfectly healthy, but be a minority. Or they might be trying to be adopted as a sibling group.

This post is the first in a new weekly series,”Adopt This Child,” on Reasoned Audacity. Each week, I’ll highlight a child who is available for adoption from the searchable photolisting database posted by the federal Children’s Bureau at

The photolisting gives information about Payton:

Payton is a cute, African American boy with black hair and brown eyes born in 1991. He is described as being quiet until he gets to know you. He likes competition when playing in a group. Payton enjoys drawing, playing football, kickball and is learning to play the guitar.

Payton has been diagnosed with ADHD and receives medication. He can be aggressive and have tantrums when he doesn’t get his own way. Other times he appears to be sullen.

Payton is behind in school and is not working at his full potential. He needs lots of encouragement to complete his homework.

Payton has had a number of losses in his life and is in need of a patient and understanding family that is able to set clear boundaries and expectations for behavior. Strong parenting skills would be a bonus. He’s a wonderful little boy, full of potential, if given the chance to thrive.

The Children’s Bureau also provides information on how to pursue adoption. I believe there is a home where Payton can have that chance to thrive. I believe there are homes out there for all of the children who are waiting for parents to love them and believe in them.

The blogosphere can help by getting the word out: Payton needs a home.


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4 Responses

  1. Never Grow Old Edition

    You are only as young as you feel…and we ladies of Cotillion feel quite young and alive.

  2. Cotillion says:

    Never Grow Old Edition

    You are only as young as you feel…and we ladies of Cotillion feel quite young and alive.

  3. Donna says:

    Thank you for this! THANK YOU.

    My husband and I have been interested in adoption for the past few years and are just now starting to pursue it but are confused on where to start. Age, race, and sex don’t matter. We just want more children.

  4. Sam says:

    We adopted a 6 week old, drug exposed African-American girl through the county of San Diego.

    She (and our son with Down syndrome) have been the most amazing people in our lives. Their stories are at: