Meet Tobias

Tobias 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™.

Loves: Riding his skateboard
Passionate about: Ultimate Frisbee
Always up for: A family outing
Wants to find: A permanent family

When Tobias explains his ideal adoptive family, the word “adventure” just might pop up. What kind of adventures, one might wonder? Well, recently Tobias received a motorized mini-skateboard. It completely suits him, and his satisfied look whenever he rides it is a real indication! Tobias’s passion for life, and for sharing the good things in life, is so joyfully contagious – something his own ideas for his In-Depth Profile convey very well.

Tobias decided that taking a lap around the track and talking directly to the camera was a great way to show his love for skateboarding.

A super social and friendly kid, Tobias is a great conversationalist with an engaging personality. Simply put, Tobias loves people! He genuinely cares how someone’s day is going and is always enthusiastic about lending a helping hand. The people in Tobias’s life enjoy conversing with him as much as he does. Tobias takes pride in his strengths, one of which is the ability to clearly follow directions. Family activities and outings are some of Tobias’s favorite activities (adventures!), and he looks forward to experiencing even more with his future adoptive family. Tobias has explained that he would be so happy with an adoptive family who is into sports, trips, camping, games, and just being outside in general! Tobias is super active and has also enjoyed everything watersports from lake swimming, boating to inner tubing. Last year he started playing baseball at school and got really engaged in it!

Tobias attends church and would really like to continue to do so with his adoptive family. He also looks forward to many more camping trips in his future. Along with the outdoors, Frisbee is Tobias’s team-sport of choice. He’s had such a blast learning and playing ultimate Frisbee, that he wanted to really focus in on that passion for families to see here on his In-Depth profile.

Tobias is all about sharing his love for ultimate Frisbee. He's about to teach you 4 different ways to throw a Frisbee: the hammer, the backhand, the dime, and the blade. Check it out!

Excited to now be an 11th grader, Tobias does his best work in a small classroom environment. Having lots of one-on-one time is preferred! Though Tobias prefers in-person learning, he has made awesome progress with virtual learning. In particular, Tobias is really eager to volunteer to read to his class. Having an adoptive family who will be educational advocates for Tobias will be important.

Tobias is great at verbalizing how he’s feeling and recognizing when he needs time to himself. He has a great time playing with other kids, and does especially well with younger children. Having a caring, attentive adult who can provide positive reinforcement is a huge benefit for Tobias. He really looks up to and is positively influenced by positive adult role models and just loves spending time with his foster family.

Tobias says, "if you like electric skateboards, I'm the guy to ride with."

Tobias has a very close relationship with his biological brother Caleb and enjoys being able to spend lots of time with him. In fact, he's looking forward to soon trying to get a job working in concessions, just like his brother! He will want his adoptive family to help him maintain this important relationship. Additional, Tobias’s social worker would love to hear from families who are interested in potentially adopting the two brothers together.

More than anything, Tobias wants to have a permanent home where he will be loved and nurtured. Tobias would do well in any family that can provide him with plenty of time and attention. Nurturing and loving couples or single moms and dads would be a great fit to match Tobias’s big heart. This social kid would do well with older or younger siblings – as long as they are excited to get out and go on adventures together! (Though Tobias would like to note that he would appreciate his own room!) Active, fun-loving families who appreciate enthusiasm and a great sense of humor will be a great fit for Tobias.

Tobias says, "I'm the guy who loves playing frisbee."

If you’d like to learn more about this great kid, let us know! We would be so happy to find the right adoptive family for Tobias.

Beyond the Profile: It’s honestly hard for me to find words to express how enjoyable it is to spend time with Tobias. Having a blast through every moment was truly the backdrop to our collaborating on his In-Depth Profile. He was really into the idea of directing the shots and making the perfect ‘how to throw a Frisbee’ video. But outside of any recorded moments, Tobias was constantly asking thoughtful questions, offering turns on his skateboard, talking about his hopes (and fears) about being in high school, and all sorts of other things that make me think he’s just one of the most down to earth teens I’ve ever met. I hope families will also see that side of him, want to learn more, and reach out to us by placing an inquiry. We’re really excited to find him the permanency he deserves.

- Brandon Adams, Youth Engagement Specialist

Could you see Tobias as part of your family?