In-Depth Profiles
01 Corey

Meet Corey.

  • Find him at: The rollerskating rink
  • Enjoys: Watching movies
  • Favorite subject: Math
  • Ideal family: Active and outgoing

Corey is excited to share some of his story through our In-Depth Profiles, a NWAE project that gives youth in foster care the leading voice in finding their own adoptive family.

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Corey wanted to help make a video to show families two places he loves - being active outdoors and inside tearing up the roller rink.

Corey’s great smile shines through when he’s active. A teenager who is energetic and full of life, Corey has the enthusiasm and talent to play just about any sport; soccer, running, biking, skateboarding, football, and snowboarding are among his favorites. He’s most active with football these days and enjoys how involved he is in both passing and running plays as a tight end. On a weekend afternoon though, you can find him skating around the roller rink like a pro, making friends and weaving around at high speeds in a pair of inline skates. It’s one of his favorite things to do.

Corey is naturally entertaining and funny and likes to make people laugh. He makes friends easily wherever he goes with his kind and outgoing personality. Last summer, Corey had lots of fun at several sports camps. When he wasn’t there, he was busy working as a member of a state park work crew, earning some extra money for personal spending and saving. When he’s just relaxing, he likes watching movies or playing video games.

corey goofy

Header portrait by Matthew Lawrence, in partnership with Adopt-A-Child Photography.

As he heads into the 10th grade, Corey continues to be a smart and capable student with the ability to achieve and maintain good grades. Historically, Corey has been a good student who has completed homework and other educational tasks on time. He says his favorite subject is math “because it’s difficult and not everyone is good at it,” so he is proud that he has a knack for it. PE classes are always high on Corey's list of favorite classes as well. The social side of school is especially appealing to Corey, who enjoys being around his peers. Corey loves the chance to join in on after school activities – it’s a way for him to stay super involved with his school and education – two things that matter a great deal to him.

Corey is a pretty goal-oriented kid. A few of his current plans involve continuing to play football, taking lifeguard classes, and attending summer school. He has matured a lot over the past year or so and in return, has become even more independent. Corey is really responsible and always checks in with his caregivers when he’s out and about. He values the opportunity to walk to and from school and have a sense of independence. Corey does best when he knows what is expected of him. Having a very predictable and consistent daily routine at home and at school with simple rules, expectations, and limits helps him feel more secure and helps him better manage his attentiveness and high energy.

Corey smile

His social worker wants to talk with prospective adoptive parents (especially single dads and couples) who have a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies to connect with, guide and parent Corey. A committed family who will not give up on him, is excited to stay active with him, and can help him navigate and thrive in adolescence is what Corey needs most. He has expressed that he would love to have a biracial family with parent(s) that share both his African American and his Caucasian heritage. Corey has also mentioned that he really wants an active family, a family who can keep up with his excitement and who has an equal passion for sports. Corey is extremely adventurous and loves to explore extreme sports –wakeboarding, snowboarding, quad riding, and the likes. “The riskier, the better,” his social worker says. A family that can match that energy and is always on the go, eager to get outside and play together would be the best fit for Corey! Corey is an awesome kid. If you think you or your family would be a good fit and want to learn more, we hope to hear from you soon!

Beyond the Profile: Meeting and spending even a small amount of time with Corey is to feel like you’ve been friends for much longer. His warm and friendly demeanor quickly creates that connection. Corey is an outgoing, fun-loving teenager with a million-dollar smile that is seemingly always on his face. I was lucky enough to get to spend time with him in a few different settings; and I was struck by how easily he made friends with those around him and how quick he was to help or build others up. This is a quality not every teenager (or adult for that matter) possesses and Corey seemed to demonstrate it effortlessly. As with all teens featured here on NWAE’s In-Depth site, Corey himself said ‘yes’ – he wanted to be further involved and share a part of himself directly with families. I think that willingness and openness only further highlights who he is.
-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Nick Baumgartner

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In-Depth Profiles are a recruitment collaboration between the Northwest Adoption Exchange and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.