In-Depth Profiles
18 Donovan

Meet Donovan.

  • Loves to: Play football
  • Favorite music: Classical
  • Self-described: "Caring, loving"
  • Hopeful for: An adoptive family


Donovan 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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Donovan winds up to throw his next spiral much like his previous dozen. Calm, poised, and with a quiet confidence. The ball sails through the air to its destination, seemingly always landing in a pair of outstretched hands – whether on the lawn playing catch or suited up in football pads. Football may be new to Donovan, but he has developed a love for the game and a knack for tossing tight spirals down the field.

Kind, soft-spoken, and endearing – Donovan is a teenager who warms up quickly to those he meets. It’s then that his sense of humor comes out, conversation comes easily, and his warm, affectionate spirit is obvious to see. It is no wonder why people enjoy spending time with Donovan. He describes himself as a “caring, loving person.”

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Sports are important to Donovan. His interest in football has been cultivated by years of rooting for the Seattle Seahawks, but only recently has he gotten to be involved as a player too. This past year, Donovan joined his school’s football team, and it completely changed his life for the better. He primarily played quarterback – learning pass routes, handoff techniques, and passing mechanics. He’s quick to talk about his year playing and how much he learned and enjoyed it. This spring, he also joined the baseball team at his school and liked playing in practices and games with his teammates. Playing on these teams has also expanded his social life and he’s made noticeable progress making friends, interacting with peers, and expressing himself.

“Family is important, because everyone needs one."

Like many teens his age, video games are something he appreciates having time for. After a long day of school and football, having some time to play games is special for him. Donovan also enjoys cooking and an array of cuisines, something that has been a long-time interest. While completing new and interesting recipes alongside the adults in his life, Donovan is able to deepen his relationships. Donovan really likes connecting over food and sharing that experience with others. Donovan’s interests make him a balanced teenager. He gravitates toward the outdoors – gardening, nature, sports, and activity – while also appreciating more mellow time, like cooking, movies, or listening to music (particularly classical, which he finds soothing).

Donovan really wants to be adopted. He is looking for a family to call his own, one with a lot of love, praise, and encouragement present. A quieter, low-key home would fit him well, with adults who can give him a structure where he can apply himself, continue working hard in school, and stay involved in extracurricular activities, like sports. Donovan would like a family that enjoys spending time outdoors and even has pets; he would also be excited to have an older brother. He has a few relationships here in the state that are important to him, including previous foster parents (who remain very fond of him), and he’d like to stay in contact with them even after being adopted. We want to hear from you if you think your family might be the right fit for Donovan! We know we can find him the adoptive family he deserves.

Beyond the Profile: I love working with teenagers on In-Depth Profiles because the experience and resulting profile is totally unique to who they are. Donovan is no exception. We got to spend a couple visits getting to know each other and talking about who he is and what he might like to share with potential families through a profile. Being a little camera shy (him and I have that in common!), he didn’t want to record anything specific, but did want to communicate his desire to find his own adoptive family. So we spent our time together tossing footballs, trying to create our own ‘Dude Perfect’ trick shots (which he was far more successful at than me), and chatting about what he enjoys and what he’s hopeful for in the future. He’s a guy who finds enjoyment in the small things, is a fun, soft-spoken conversationalist, and more than anything wants to be adopted.
-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.

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