Meet Jessa

Jessa is excited to share some of her story through our In-Depth Profiles, a NWAE project that empowers teens to speak directly to potential adoptive families. Learn more about In-Depth Profiles.

Has a huge heart for: Animals
Is at her happiest: Outdoors
Wants to be known for: Her kindness
Looking forward to: Being adopted (as soon as possible!)

Jessa is a teenager who will jump at any chance to go out and be a part of the world – she loves to get pampered, go to the movies, or just meet up with her friends. Jessa really enjoys an opportunity to participate in any activity that makes her feel extraordinary. One thing that makes Jessa especially happy and content is spending time with animals. She feels deeply connected to animals of all kinds, and wanted to share this connection directly with potential families on her In-Depth Profile.

Jessa came up with the idea of capturing her visit to an animal shelter for her In-Depth Profile. She wanted families to meet her while doing something that she loves!


Jessa loves getting her hair and nails done, but she's certainly not afraid to get out into the mud either. Her favorite thing to do is explore the outdoors. Her happy place is an outdoor wildlife viewing park where she can endlessly learn and explore. The beaten walking paths, the equipment to play around on, and the general familiarity and comfort of being outside are all features that Jessa appreciates deeply. Grabbing an innertube and going to float on the water with some pals is something Jessa absolutely loves to do. Jessa would probably be just as happy to hop out of the innertube to go for a swim, as swimming is another one of her favorite things to do! She also loves cooking, playing games, watching TV, listening to pop music, and just hanging out with those who are closest to her.

Currently in the 7th grade, Jessa does great in school when she has a lot of encouragement and a familiar adult available to check in with. She is really smart and inquisitive and would benefit from an adoptive family who can help guide and support her throughout the rest of her school years. She's been taking choir class recently, and has really been enjoying it! In the past, she has enjoyed playing team sports and may be interested in doing so again in the future, either at school or as an after-school activity.

An animal lover through and through, Jessa feels especially bonded to horses. She is regularly able to spend time with the loving creatures where she has learned so much about empathy, care, and responsibility through her time with them. In general, Jessa loves all animals and would really like to be adopted by a family who has pets or who is willing to get one or two for her to love and nurture. A family with a dog would make Jessa especially happy!

Jessa had a great time doing a photo shoot with all her animal pals at the shelter, and wanted to make sure the pictures were shared on her profile!


Jessa is a really friendly kid who would benefit from the time, support, and care of an adoptive family. Jessa really wants to be adopted! She's looking forward to going on outings, playing games, going to restaurants, going on vacation, and otherwise spending quality time with her adoptive family.

An adoptive family with a strong maternal influence and maybe an older sister for her to look up to would be a great fit, though she would do fine as an only child as well. Jessa will benefit from a family who can provide her with good boundaries, lots of quality time, plenty of one-on-one attention, and continued encouragement throughout her life.

If you can envision Jessa in your family, please reach out to us! We can't wait to help find her the adoptive family she deserves.

Beyond the profile: It was incredible to come along with Jessa as she brought her vision for her In-Depth Profile to life. She led the process from the beginning, asking to call around to different shelters to see if we could come for a visit. When it came time to meet up, it was a delight to see Jessa's funny, kind, and gentle nature with the animals. From the excitement in her voice to the smile that hardly ever left her face, it was clear why Jessa would want families to meet her in her element like this! One of the things that stood out to me the most is how ready Jessa is for the next phase in her life. She's got a long list of things she'd like to do with her adoptive family, and she's ready to start crossing them off! Jessa is so sweet, and I have no doubt that she's going to make an amazing addition to the right family.

- Naomi Kolb-Untinen, Youth Engagement Specialist

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