Meet Emalee

Emalee 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.

Full of: Wit and creativity
Life-long idol: Reba McEntire
Gymnastic talent: Doing the splits
Wants: To find an adoptive family

Ask Emalee about a great way time to pass the time, and she’ll recommend kicking back and singing along to all the favorite artists in her collection, especially to Reba McEntire. This is one activity she’s been doing her whole life, and shows no signs of stopping. All that sing-along practice has shaped Emalee into a talented singer, too!

To show her good taste in music, Emalee even wanted to make a custom playlist for her In-Depth Profile page. It’s wide-ranging too, from country standards to pop anthems. You can actually listen to Emalee’s playlist below!

The playlist above are six songs that Emalee hand-selected to share with potential adoptive families. Enjoy!


Here’s another thing to understand about Emalee: she loves, loves, loves, horses! She feels a connection with all animals, but horses are absolutely magical to her . Dogs and cats are pretty great too, and she really enjoys caring for them. She would be thrilled if her adoptive family shared her enthusiasm for four-legged friends, and included animals, especially, of course, horses.

Emalee says, "horses can feel what we feel when we are upset and they know our body language."


In addition to her adoration for animals, Emalee has a great sense of humor! She has fun joking around with the significant adults in her life. Her clever sense of wit will repeatedly put a smile on someone’s face.

If it’s summer, she might remind you that it’s her favorite season, because, one word – swimming! But throughout the seasons, Emalee has gotten involved in gymnastics and has really enjoyed it! Being a gymnast has encouraged Emalee to get out and about and explore her athleticism. She’s enjoying the feeling of practicing something over and over, until finally it becomes possible. A great example from gymnastics – doing the splits!

Emalee says, "I love gymnastics and I can do the splits."


Emalee enjoys being around adults, especially when she gets to have some one-on-one attention. She has enjoyed close relationships with her previous foster parents and formed a strong bond with her elementary school teacher. She can occasionally be shy, so patient adoptive parent(s) who will give her the time and space she needs to feel comfortable will be important.

Currently in the 9th grade, Emalee is doing quite well in school and is very capable of achieving academic success. She benefits from one-on-one support and encouragement, especially when she’s getting started on something new. Emalee has really great relationships with her teachers, who all have very positive things to say about working with her. She’d benefit from having adoptive parents who will be educational advocates for her, and will value giving her a boost by putting a few extra resources in place.

Emalee's social worker (above) has so many good things to say about Emalee, that we all thought potential adoptive families deserve to hear some of that right here on her In-Depth Profile. Emalee heartily agrees!

Emalee wants to be adopted! In addition to pets and horses, she would really like to have one or two older siblings in her adoptive family, though she would be fine as the only child in a home as well. Her worker especially looks forward to hearing from nurturing, patient, couples or single moms who will bring humor, encouragement, and plenty of praise to parenting. Having a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies and positive parenting skills could be especially important in helping Emalee succeed and become her best self. Emalee really appreciates quality time and attention, so a family who is excited to spend lots of time with her would be the best fit.

If you can see Emalee in your family, please reach out to us! We’re excited to find her the adoptive family she deserves.

Brandon from Northwest Adoption Exchange shares about the utter delights of assisting in Emalee's vision for her In-Depth Profile.

Could you see Emalee as part of your family?