Wednesday’s Child: Adrien “AJ”


Whether he’s on the court or playing a video game, this 11-year-old loves sports. Adrien, also known as AJ, will be in sixth grade this fall. He has height and handles a basketball well.

“I like being the shooting guard,” AJ said.

His favorite NBA player is Steph Curry, so naturally he heads straight to the three-point line for a warm-up. AJ loves all sports. While playing basketball, he also talks football.

“My first favorite is the Chiefs,” AJ said. “My second favorite is the Broncos. My favorite wide-

receiver on the Chiefs is Tyreek Hill.”

He doesn’t have plans to join the NFL when he grows up, though.

“NBA, and my backup plan if I don’t make it would be a social worker to help other kids that are in foster care,” AJ said.

AJ has a big heart. It’s clear to see basketball isn’t the only thing he’s good at, but he agrees.

“I’m very good at video games,” AJ said. “Madden, NBA2K, Call of Duty WWII.”

He’s competitive in nature and makes friends easily. AJ is ready to be a team player with a


“I would like for them to do a lot of things like play sports, and like have a big brother because my brothers were never around,” AJ said. “And have a mom and dad because my dad went to jail whenever I was four years old and haven’t seen him since, that’s why I want just a dad or a mom and a dad family.”

There is always a need for foster homes, especially for children ages six and older. Recruiting families for older children can be more challenging than finding a place for an infant.

KOLR10’s partnership with the Missouri Department of Social Services allows us to feature foster children who are waiting to be adopted. Each Wednesday, we’ll introduce you to a child waiting on his or her forever home. Every family will need to be licensed before more information can be shared with them about a specific child.

Terry Saddler, with the Missouri Department of Social Services, answers all foster and adoptive licensing questions. You can reach her at (417) 895-7831. You can also look at frequently asked questions on the Missouri Department of Social Services website.

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