Milwaukee Co. judge looks for home for 12-year-old boy

CREATED Mar 24, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- An emotional plea from a Milwaukee County Judge.  He wants to find a family willing to adopt a loving but troubled 12-year old boy.

Judge Christopher Foley has seen hundreds and hundreds of children come through his children's courtroom. Some have happy endings others don't.
 
Foley is now pleading with the public to try to find a loving place the boy can call home. 
 
"This child needs a home," said Judge Foley. "This child deserves a home. This child has not gotten what children should get."
 
Judge Foley does not hide his passion for a boy he has come to know after terminating his parents' parental rights 4 years ago in children's court.
 
So a few months ago Foley wrote an open letter to potential adoptive parents.
 
He describes the 12-year old as clever, witty, affectionate but challenging academically and emotionally. He was conflicted about making the letter public.
 
"I don't want to make him a spectacle. I want his privacy to be protected but I want him to have a home. He can't be an orphan."
 
Foley is a Father of seven - most of his children are now adults. He knows parenting is rewarding and challenging. 
 
He has helped nearly a thousand children get adopted during his years in court - some of the names are listed in on frame he keeps in his courtroom office.
 
He calls parents who adopt, heroes. 
 
"I know they are going home with a child who is going to demand a level of attention and effort and love that few of us can imagine - much less attain 24/7."
An emotional plea from a Milwaukee County Judge.  He's wants to find a family willing to adopt a loving but troubled 12-year old boy.
 
Judge Christopher Foley has seen hundreds and hundreds of children come through his children's courtroom. Some have happy endings others don't.
 
Foley is now pleading with the public to try to find a loving place the boy can call home. 
 
"This child needs a home," said Judge Foley. "This child deserves a home. This child has not gotten what children should get."
 
Judge Foley does not hide his passion for a boy he has come to know after terminating his parents' parental rights 4 years ago in children's court.
 
So a few months ago Foley wrote an open letter to potential adoptive parents.
 
He describes the 12-year old as clever, witty, affectionate but challenging academically and emotionally. He was conflicted about making the letter public.
 
"I don't want to make him a spectacle. I want his privacy to be protected but I want him to have a home. He can't be an orphan."
 
Foley is a Father of seven, most of his children are now adults. He knows parenting is rewarding and challenging. 
 
He has helped nearly a thousand children get adopted during his years in court, some of the names are listed on a frame he keeps in his courtroom office.
 
Foley calls parents who adopt, heroes. "I know they are going home with a child who is going to demand a level of attention and effort and love that few of us can imagine - much less attain 24/7."
 
Foley worries the window of opportunity is running out for this boy because each year he gets older the harder it gets to find a family. 
 
A few parents willing to adopt have come forward since the story first ran Sunday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.