Jose, 15, is passionate about sports and fashion and hopes to combine them in a career when he grows up. Eager to be successful, he envisions designing his own line of sneakers. He doesn't have a name yet for his line, but he does plan to use his favorite colors, blue and green.

Jose keeps busy with a variety of activities. He loves playing the guitar and watching and participating in sports. Polite and well-mannered, he has many friends and enjoys spending time with them. A ninth grader, Jose is a good student, and especially enjoys math and gym.

Jose wants very much to be adopted. As with his potential career, he has definite ideas about his ideal "forever" family. It would be a loving, active, traditional family with a mom and a dad. "They will be there for me and take care of me," he says. "They will do the right things so I can be what I want to be when I grow up."

Jose is close to his siblings and it is important that they remain in contact. He is eligible for financial subsidy.

Jose and other children are available for adoption by approved applicants. For more information, please contact Crystal Allen at the New Jersey division of the National Adoption Center. E-mail: callen@adopt.org or call 267-443-1867.