- Passionate about: Equal rights
- Favorite sports: Basketball, soccer
- Food preferences: Vegetarian
- Ideal family: Affirming and accepting
Take it straight from Josh: “Personally,” he says, “I have a lot to say.” There are many things he wants potential families to hear straight from him. About his personality, his interests, what’s important to him. He’d like them to get to know the real him. And so, when given the opportunity to create his own content to share as a part of his In-Depth Profile, Josh didn’t hesitate to jump in.
The first thing you’ll notice about Josh is his contagious energy, fun, and passion. Quick to chat and engage, it’s easy to get lost in conversation with Josh. He’s a teenager with a number of interests: basketball and soccer are two of his favorite sports. He loves time to get outside, stretch his legs, and exercise. When he isn’t kicking or throwing a ball around, he appreciates the chance to relax and play the latest video game. He’s a passionate and invested reader, and most enjoys reading books about the Civil Rights Movement. History is one of his favorite subjects in school, so naturally, Josh likes learning in his free time as well. Josh is also really dedicated to equality and regularly attends gender equality meetings where he can express his support for the rights for all individuals. Being surrounded by like-minded individuals is always a positive in Josh’s life.
Josh is a transgender teenager, and specifically wants to share this important part of his identity with potential families. He gravitates towards people who are supportive of him and similarly invested in equal rights for all. Josh desires a family who will support him as a transgender teen, both now and in the future. Josh is open to all families who would be supportive, including those, he says, who don’t “know everything” about the LGBTQ community, but are willing and eager “to learn and research,” as they parent and support him.
Currently going into 8th grade, Josh really enjoys school and is a great student. Math and history, as aforementioned, are his favorite subjects. Junior high is a big world of friendships and socialness, which are two aspects of life Josh is continuing to find success in. Josh loves to make other people laugh. People enjoy being around Josh, who does very well when he is given personal space and a bit of freedom. Josh was even recently voted “kid of the week” in his current living situation; a well-deserved title.
Asked about how families can best parent LGBTQ teens: “Don't give up on them. Never give up on them. Even when it's hard.”
Josh has two siblings that he would like to keep in touch with, as well as a close relationship with his former foster parents. An adoptive family who can support and encourage the relationships Josh chooses to maintain in his life will be appreciated.
Josh would really like to be adopted by a family who will give him freedom, space, and acceptance. A family who can provide Josh with quality time, care, and guidance will be a great fit. Josh is very proud of who he is, and hopes to find a family who matches that pride. A family who will support him in his identity and all aspects of his life will be invaluable. If you are interested in learning more about Josh, please let us know! We are excited to find this loving kid a great home.
Beyond the Profile: There’s one thing Josh’s In-Depth Profile can’t quite capture about him: just how invested he was in creating his own profile content from start to finish. From the first time we met to talk about how he wanted to share, he had thoughtful questions about the entire process – as well as a passionate interest in having families hear directly from him. Social, confident, quick to laugh, joke and smile. I think my favorite quality of Josh that comes across is his passion – he is passionate about finding his adoptive family, about supporting the rights of everyone, and about appreciating and accepting everyone as they are. I think it’s easy to hear that passion in his voice on any topic. Josh didn’t just want to record a video and then just never see it again – we sat and reviewed footage together, made edits, and talked about how he wanted to introduce himself to a potential family. Josh’s ability to advocate for himself and for others is inspiring. I hope as a family, you’re equally inspired – inspired to reach out if you think you could be a good family fit for Josh.
-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Nick Baumgartner
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