- Self-proclaimed: Bookworm
- Loves: All things cats and animals
- Favorite books: Harry Potter
- Dreams of: Being a National Geographic Photographer
Grace is a bright, creative teenager with a great imagination and sense of humor. A self-described bookworm, she can often be found with her nose in the middle of the latest and greatest fantasy novel. Reading for pleasure is her go-to activity. “Harry Potter,” “Ready Player One,” “Red Rising” and the “His Fair Assassin” series are among her favorites. In addition to reading, Grace is happy curled up inside watching tv, or out and being active outdoors.
Grace is a talented artist and enjoys painting, drawing, craftmaking, and any number of artistic activities (Check out the video below to see her show off her skills!). She loves animals of all kinds, particularly cats, and enjoys learning about them. She even keeps a collection of stuffed animals in her room. Grace would love to live on a farm, or near an animal shelter where she could volunteer; she’s gentle with all creatures and truly cares for them. Her social worker believes Grace could benefit greatly from being around animals, such as dogs and horses, in a therapeutic environment.
Asked for three things she loves and would want in an adoptive family, Grace says: "hugs...books...and animals."
Grace is kind, thoughtful, and looks out for her friends. Those who know her well admire her willingness and desire to stand up for others. For the 2017-187 year, Grace is attending her second year of high school. Grace is very smart and has been praised for her critical thinking skills, as well as her ability to share her thoughts and ideas. She also has a good vocabulary and can be quite the conversationalist!
A family who is a good fit for Grace will have experienced parents (couples or a single parent) who have a good understanding of how a child’s early environment can impact her sense of well-being, safety and her social and emotional development. Grace’s adoptive family should also have the skills to coach and guide Grace in creative ways, and be willing to engage appropriate resources and supports as needed. Grace appreciates adults in her life that she can be open and honest with. She very much wants to be adopted.
Beyond the Profile: Grace was a wonderful collaborator on her profile. When we met, she found a creative idea she was comfortable with (creating a podcast!) and then showed real initiative by choosing some of her favorite adults to join her and being a fun, self-reflective host. Grace’s finished profile is one of my favorites, because it creatively and authentically reflects how she wanted to share some of herself and her story with potential families. Grace is a teenager who is looking forward to living into these fun and empowering years of her life. I hope her podcast and profile allow you to get a real glimpse into her personality, passions, and strengths.
-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Nick Baumgartner
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