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Meet Cherae

Cherae enjoys crafts and making things like bracelets and tie-dyed shirts. She likes to play with baby dolls and enjoys playing Uno.  She likes dancing, cheerleading and gymnastics.
She also likes to read what she calls "kiddie books" - Dora the Explorer books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and books about puppies and horses. She loves Disney movies, Santa Paws and Annie. On TV, she likes to watch Hello Kitty and High School Musical.

Cherae is a fun-loving, energetic and friendly young lady with a pleasant mood. She describes herself as friendly, creative, with a sense of humor and a nice smile. She cares about others.

She wants a family that is very active, one that will help her explore all her interests. She would like a family with lots of siblings, but her caregivers think she would do best in a home with fewer children and less commotion.

She would like a two-parent family. She says she wants someone who will talk to her, have a schedule, listen, take care of her, be nice and do what they say they will do. She wants someone who will understand and care for her even when she has a bad day.

It's one of those wonderful life milestone kinds of photos - the man bending down, helping the boy fix his tie. A lot of moms out there took this same photo this prom season.

But this one shows the relationship not of a father and son, but mentor and student.
This is Bob Suess fixing Devin's tie. They're out shopping, picking out something for Devin to wear to the big dance.
We are always looking for mentors for our kids, mentors to help get kids in foster care through high school and into college. They help with everything from completing FAFSAs to applying for scholarships.

Our agency partners with the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and others on a project called HEMI, the Higher Education Mentoring Initiative. HEMI matches some of our foster kids with long-term mentoring relationships that begin in high school and last through college.

But mentors become much more. They're surrogate parents, surrogate siblings, trusted advisers, friends. Our kids need all of those so badly.

Suess is a former teacher and administrator who built a career in education over more than 40 years. He says he always has believed that you have to take a holistic approach to helping kids if you want them to succeed academically. He mentors two teen-age boys through HEMI now - Devin and Antonio, who just graduated from high school.

Thank you to all those who mentor our kids in foster care. We appreciate all the tie tying and everything else you do to lift up these kids.

Check out our birthday videos

We try as many ways as we can to give visibility to our more than 200 kids who are still hoping for their forever homes.

One way that we do that is our monthly birthday videos. They're cheery, happy videos that bring a lot of smiles to your screen.

Take a look at our June birthday video and help us wish all of our waiting kids happy birthdays.

Considering adoption? Come meet some of our kids

Join us for a fun day of making and decorating cupcakes while you mingle with some of the most amazing kids you'll ever meet.

On June 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., we'll be at Bakery Hill on the campus of Cincinnati State University. The event is a no-pressure way to interact with some of our kids who are waiting for permanent homes.

You need a home study to attend. Please call or email Travina Adams, 513-946-2282.