- Go-to activity: Basketball
- Has a knack for: Tech and computers
- Wants to: Travel and explore more
- Hopeful for: An adoptive family
If there’s a basketball court nearby, it’s a good bet you’ll find Austin there – hoisting jump shots and dribbling from end to end. And if there’s an open playfield, he’s probably out there throwing a football, catching passes, and running routes. Austin is in his element when he’s outside and active. He’s a quick starter in almost anything he attempts, who keeps on working at something until he gets it right. He even says getting onto a basketball court in his free time helps him center himself after a long day and cope with any stress he might be feeling. His favorite player since he was younger? Kevin Durant. (And he’s ok with Durant’s recent move to the Golden State Warriors).
Austin is a kindhearted teenager who enjoys building relationships and interacting with caring adults. Austin loves learning, and is eager to learn all about the world beyond his own little piece of it. He would love to travel, at least around the country, and see new and different things, as well as camping and hiking more often close to home!
Austin loves electronics. He is naturally proficient on a computer and would likely enjoy learning about web design, computer repair and other facets of technology. Recently, he was able to demonstrate his mad skills by fixing a glitch on his worker’s tablet! She was amazed watching him go through the steps to get everything working again.
Now in 10th grade, Austin does well in school. His success in school is a huge strength for him and source of pride and self-esteem. He plays sports and has a great time playing on the school’s basketball team! During his first year in high school, he joined ROTC. He proudly wore his uniform and kept his shoes and clothing perfect. Wednesdays were his favorite days in school because that was the day that he got to wear his uniform.
Austin has shown a tremendous amount of growth in his current placement in addition to his academic success and amplified work ethic. Having parents available there for him to talk to about anything and provide support and encouragement would go a long way towards building upon his successes.
Austin wants to be adopted. He would do well as the only child in a family, or one with older siblings. Having an older sibling who could be a role model, mentor, and friend would be a wonderful fit for Austin, in addition to the relationship (and help with homework!) from his adoptive parents would be wonderful for Austin. Austin is proud of the progress he’s made and wants to continue to move forward in positive ways. If you are a couple, single dad, or single mom with an appreciation for travel, the outdoors and sports, you’ll want to learn more about this remarkable young man. Get in touch with us soon about Austin!
Beyond the Profile: One of the many things I love about working with a teenager on their In-Depth Profile: it truly gets to reflect who they are. Their input, their direction, their story. For a teenager like Austin, who is obsessed with sports (I can relate!), is there anything more fun than getting to make your own highlight/motivational video? Spending time making his video together, it was such a cool moment to see Austin confident, decisive, and open. I hope anyone or any family who gets to check out his In-Depth Profile can see the courage and personality shine through in his crossover dribbles, his goofy glances, and highlight-reel catches. And most importantly – his desire to be adopted.
-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Nick Baumgartner
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