Meet Mathias

Mathias is excited to share some of his 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.

Is an expert on: All things Pokemon
Can teach you about: Caring for plants
Great at: Telling a funny joke
Wants to find: An adoptive family

Mathias is super creative and can spend hours imagining and building all kinds of cool and interesting things. His favorite toys to build with are K'nex! Though he loves to immerse himself in his own colorful, magical K'nex world, it sometimes can also be an opportunity to make connections with peers, which he really wants to do. When he’s not constructing a master K'nex creation or playing a favorite game on his tablet, you’ll likely find Mathias playing outside. He loves spending time in the great outdoors, especially if he gets the chance to go swimming or hang out at the park.

A creative kid, Mathias also really enjoys drawing and coloring and really focuses on creating intricate patterns in his pictures. He’s also really into painting, another creative endeavor! Mathias also has a way with plants, and has even re-potted two pups from his zebra succulent, Lucario!

Mathias shows off his succulents and tells us about some other interesting plants.

Mathias has made a lot of progress in school with good support in place. He benefits from participating in extra educational activities in a small group setting outside the classroom. An adoptive family who will support his strengths, provide endless encouragement, and be his greatest educational advocates could make all the difference for Mathias.

"Mathias is always seen with a smile on his face throughout the day." -Mathias' group home staff

Mathias's worker is especially interested in hearing from families who can provide plenty of love and attention. They also think he would thrive in a family where he can be the only child or with one or two much older siblings, and maybe a pet! An adoptive family who could provide support as he continues to make progress in building relationships with peers would be beneficial for him. Additionally, an adoptive family who excels at supporting and understanding Mathias’s transition process and can be patient and open with him will especially help him get comfortable in a new home. Mathias is a super helpful kid and really enjoys being able to contribute to his home where he can. He takes his chores seriously!

"Mathias loves learning and teaching others his newfound knowledge." - Mathias' group home staff

Mathias will also tell you that one of his favorite ways to spend his time is by learning about and playing Pokémon. He is super knowledgeable when it comes to knowing the characters, their evolutions, and what all they can do!

If you can envision this creative kid in your family, please reach out to us. We’re excited to find him the adoptive family he deserves.

Beyond the Profile:

Mathias' group home staff wanted to pool together some of their favorite things and favorite stories to tell about Mathias! Read them here:

Mathias is a charming, Kindhearted young man with a witty personality. He is always seen with a smile on his face throughout his day. Mathias is eager to make others laugh and have a smile on their face. When he sees others frustrated, he will tell jokes and act “silly” by dancing around and making funny faces. He is a very bright young man who “loves learning” and “teaching others” his newfound knowledge. Mathias is seen throughout his day teaching his peers and staff what he has learned in the home and out in the community. Currently his favorite things to teach others about is Pokémon, Harry Potter, and plant science. Mathias is a unique individual because he looks for the positive in everything.

A favorite memory of the team's was when Mathias showed concern and compassion for a younger child at the park. One day Mathias was at Manito Park with his peers and staff playing on the big toys. While playing, Mathias saw a younger child trip and fall next to the slide. When the child fell, he began to cry and yell out for his mother. Mathias immediately ran over and asked him if he was “okay,” helped him up, brushed off his knees, and consoled him that “everything was going to be okay." Mathias stayed with the child and helped locate his mother, walked him over to the mother, and told the mother what had happened. The mother thanked Mathias for his kindness and help. Mathias thanked the woman in an enthusiastic tone and wished the mother and the younger child to “have a great day!” After the incident, staff thanked Mathias for his kind actions. When staff thanked him, Mathias explained to the staff that he had fallen at a park and been scared before and that he wanted to help the young child so that he felt safe.

Could you see Mathias as part of your family?