This kiddo with the heartfelt smile and contagious chuckle is Jhynarrien, who likes to go by “JR!” JR loves to be outside, especially camping, fishing, and cooking over the fire. When days need to be spent at home, he enjoys gardening and playing basketball or soccer. Getting others to join in his laughter is a well-loved pastime, and has been described by those who know him best as a fellow with a big heart. After a long day, you can find JR curled up reading a book; he appreciates many different genres including mysteries, light-hearted summer reads, and joke books. When it comes to meals, JR will choose his favorite Mexican dish paired with Velveeta queso dip.

This tenth grader dreams of becoming a chef to master the art of Mexican cuisine.

A two-parent home with pets is preferred; however, his caseworker will consider all family types. JR has significant relationships he wishes to maintain following placement but is willing to move to a new location. Financial assistance may be available for adoption-related services.


For Missouri children, both homestudied and non-homestudied Missouri families are encouraged to inquire; only homestudied families from other states should do so.

For more information on becoming an adoptive family, please email or call 800-554-2222.