Meet Mahrea

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

Passionate about: Makeup
Looking forward to: Driver's Ed
Sights set on: College, career, and beyond
Ideal family trait: Communicates well

Mahrea has a passion and a talent for makeup. So she created her own makeup tutorial to show her skills.


You probably haven't met a teenager quite as motivated as Mahrea. She has dreams for her future and is ready to start pursuing them today. Currently in her junior year of high school, Mahrea is focused and motivated, surrounding herself with educational advocates and mentors to help her meet her goals. She has regularly held a job during her high school years, scheduling out her time around her shifts, schoolwork, and other commitments. She plans to begin taking classes for college credit during her senior year of high school, a path that will set her toward pursuing one of her greatest passions: cosmetology.

Mahrea sat down to share about why she wants an adoptive family and what's ahead for her future.

It would be an understatement to refer to her interest in makeup as just a ‘hobby.’ Mahrea is incredibly talented and creative with her makeup tools in hand (don’t miss her makeup tutorial video here on her profile!). She has her sights set on cosmetology as a career, and is hoping to work somewhere ‘makeup-based.’ Asked why she wanted to share with families through an In-Depth Profile, Mahrea says:

"Because I want people to know that this is what I do in my free time, this is what I'm passionate about, this is who I am. And I want to have a say in who I'm about to go spend the rest of my life with."

Mahrea is artistic to her core. In addition to makeup, her love of art has range: she enjoys glass-blowing, body art, drawing, and anything that allows her creativity to shine. She’s regularly taking photos or arranging something new on her bedroom walls. She also loves music, listening to a wide variety of artists and genres.

Mahrea does have siblings that she would like to stay in touch with. An adoptive family who can support those connections will be essential. She’s hopeful to find an adoptive family with a strong maternal presence, either a single mom, two moms, or also a mom and a dad would be a good fit for her. Mahrea says she wouldn’t mind having siblings who are young, or are near her in age. Although she’d also be happy as an only child in a family. A family who can support her as she continues to navigate high school and her future, throughout the rest of her life, is what she’s looking for.

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

Beyond the Profile: From start to finish, it was just too much fun working with Mahrea on her In-Depth Profile. The very first time we met to discuss working on this project, she was open and engaged – asking great questions and imagining what she might want to share. And she decided yes, she did want families to hear an introduction straight from her. As you can see, she’s a super smart teenager who is fun, thoughtful, and immensely talented in the things she’s passionate about. Mahrea was calling the shots from start to finish on this project – reviewing footage, suggesting edits, adding additional photos (and teaching me, her co-creator, quite a few things about cosmetics and makeup designs). It’s no small task for a teenager, or anyone for that matter, to put part of themselves out there for others to know and meet. So above all, I hope her courage and authenticity shine through. And I hope you won’t hesitate to reach out to us if something about her inspires a connection in you.

-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Nick Baumgartner

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