Dion is 13 years old and in the eighth grade. He likes sports and reading. "My greatest wish is to have a mom and dad," he says.
"Dion's an all-around great kid," says his social worker, Will, noting that Dion is a little bit shy at first, but then he warms up.
Ashley, who's 12, likes computers and puzzles. "I want to be a part of a family so I can have someone to love and care for me," she says.
"Our hope is that a family will adopt her and she'll feel that permanency of being in an adopted family," says Maria, Ashley's social worker. She describes Ashley as a jokester who loves to make people laugh.
Luis is 11 years old and likes bike riding and going hiking. "He's a really great kid. He's loving, he's very caring," says his social worker, Olga.
"A permanent family would change my life and make all things better," says Luis, who doesn't want to move around anymore.
"Kids in foster care go through so many things that many of us will never endure. It makes them resilient," says Maria, who points out that older kids still want to be adopted into
"A foster home is a temporary home, it's not a permanent home," explains Olga. "Kids move from foster home to foster home."
Will points out the importance of having a family and a permanent home. "It's what every child needs. It's what every child deserves," he says.
Dr. Phil offers to work with the county and help these kids find homes. Knowing that Ashley has a bubbly personality, he lets her have a moment in the spotlight as she tells the audience that it is time for a commercial break.
For more information about adopting children of all ages contact the Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services at 1-888-811-1121 or http://dcfs.co.la.ca.us.