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Children still searching for their Forever Families

Ranayja, talented and energetic 11-year-old girl, wants parents that will support her aspirations. She said she wants to become a cheerleader, and teach other kids gymnastics in the future. (CBS Austin)

New year resolutions commonly involve a change of lifestyle, more exercise, and pursuing new opportunities, but for thousands of children up for adoption their main priority in 2019 is finding a forever family.

Over the course of 2018 we featured many children, and unfortunately some of them are still waiting to start the adoption process.

One of them is Ranayja, a talented and energetic 11-year-old girl who wants parents that will support her aspirations. She said she wants to become a cheerleader, and teach other kids gymnastics in the future.

"I'm just glad that I am going to have a family so that I can have a better life," said Ranayja, who strives to be a good fit in a future family.

While the idea of being in a loving and stable home is also something Juan and Beatriz are looking forward to, they are also focused on getting adopted together.

The 11 and 9-year-olds are very friendly, and enjoy staying active. Their caseworker said the siblings would do well in a family with pets.

For teenagers Jeremiah and Janis, finding a family that will motive them to continue their education is key.

16-year-old Jeremiah is mellow but enjoys a plethora of activities. His goal is to get a career in mechanics. 14-year-old Janis wants to go to college as well. She wants to find a caring and loyal family that will open the door for new opportunities in her life. She said that although she has been through a lot, the circumstances have made her stronger.

Forever Families airs every Wednesday on CBS Austin News.

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