Meet Zoey

Zoey 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.

Always enjoys: exploring the outdoors
Is expert at: strategy-based card games
Focused on: getting ready for young adulthood
Wants: a family's long-term, affirming support

An outdoor enthusiast, Zoey has so much fun exploring nature. She particularly enjoys fishing and would probably have a great time with a family who can match her enthusiasm for being outside. In particular, the big fishing trip she’s hoping to make is to the Columbia River to catch both trout and salmon. She’ll be quick to tell you that fish, however, do not at all make her list of enjoyable cuisine.

Zoey wants to be a chef. For her In-Depth Profile she wanted to share her hot take opinions on foods that are delicious, and the foods that have no place on her menu.

She’s focused on training to be a chef right now. Because of her active lifestyle, she jokes that her motivation is convenience because of how much food she’s eating in a day! But truly, she wants to start a Job Corps culinary program to build her skills, and she believes a family could still greatly support her goals as she enters young adulthood.

Kind and friendly with a wry sense of humor, Zoey is a really great person. She’s future-oriented and her self-advocacy skills are sharper all the time. Zoey is great at not only setting goals, but achieving them too. She knows the importance of making short-term sacrifices for long-term gains.

Zoey shares more about her interests, and wanting the support of a family as she takes steps toward her adult life.

As she heads into her senior year, Zoey continues her trend of taking school seriously. She’s proud of her grades and other successes in school.

When asked about Zoey, her caseworker says he respects how she has “persisted through difficult challenges to always be her best self.” He also shared a story demonstrating Zoey’s persistence.

“Recently, Zoey decided she wanted to get a job and since that time has been rapidly cutting through barriers and working in depth to get working on this; even setting up a mock interview with this worker to prepare! Her dogged pursuit of her goals and dreams is inspiring, especially for a kid who has had so many setbacks.”

Portrait of Zoey. Text says, Zoey is persistent. Quote says, Just because you want to lay down and quit doesn't mean you can.

Zoey specifically wanted to share this quote for people to see on her In-Depth Profile.


While outside of the kitchen and away from the dinner table, Zoey is an avid gamer—of all sorts. She loves to play Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering as much as she likes to play soccer, basketball and football. Actually, Zoey has a phenomenal spiral with a football!

There’s some budding interests, too. Nature photography is something that Zoey’s always wanted to get into. It fits well, because she has amazing skills in spotting wildlife. She’s also creative and hands on. Whether tending a vegetable garden, or aspiring to do metal work or woodwork, Zoey is ready to grow her abilities at both familiar and new hands-on hobbies.

Zoey’s team is eager to hear from families who can meet her where she’s at when it comes to adoption and permanency. Zoey is interested in being adopted but will need a family who can understand the apprehension she has toward permanency.

If you can see your family being the one to help Zoey flourish in her young adulthood, please reach out. We’re excited and hopeful to find her the right family and place to call home.

Beyond the Profile: Zoey is such a consistent pleasure to be around. She’s sincere, thoughtful, really funny, and just comes off so mature across all of our interactions. Making her In-Depth Profile at this time in her life really illuminated how focused she is on going from high school to young adulthood, but also how clearly open (wanting) she is of having great and supportive people to call family. Because the impact of having folks to come home to, to call, and to call family does not at all end at age 18. I deeply hope her profile reaches a few affirming families that understand this well, and can imagine Zoey in their family in that way.

-Brandon Adams, Youth Engagement Specialist