Meet Malia

Malia 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 ready for: A trip to the mall
Likes playing: Volleyball
Wants to bake: Lemon souffle
Hoping to find: An adoptive family

Malia likes to be out-and-about, heading to the mall or the movies. She’s always craving fun activities and knows how important her joy is. Spending time with her grandparents in Hawaii really helped Malia realize she relies on the hustle and bustle of an environment with lots to do. She’s not always interested in outdoorsy activities and would much rather be at a roller rink or in walking distance of a cute coffee shop to grab a fancy drink.

Everyone has such wonderful things to say about this kid. A previous caregiver says Malia is, “sweet, clever, caring, spunky and fun-loving.” She’s also strong-willed, perceptive, and sensitive. And simply put, her social worker says Malia is:

“One of my favorite kids that I have taken care of.”

Malia’s energy and attitude provide joy to the people around her. Malia has a strong sense of humor and eagerness to connect with the people in her life. Malia is a super creative kid who is really drawn to arts and crafts. She also loves to help in the kitchen and bake brownies and cakes. These activities all provide Malia with the creative space and support to follow directions to achieve the outcome she’s hoping for. And, of course, it’s fun!

Malia wanted to include a tour of her room to show off some of her cool room décor!


Now ruling the school in 8th grade, Malia benefits from specially designed instruction in reading, written, math, and social skills. Malia is respectful and engaged with her studies and while it’s not always easy to get up and make it to class on time, she always does!

Check out some behind-the-scenes of putting together Malia's In-Depth Profile and what she wanted to include to show potential adoptive families.


Malia’s social worker thinks she’ll do her best in a family who can provide kind, firm rules and positive reinforcement. Her social worker has seen that consistency and being able to provide clearly defined rules is key to being a successful parent to Malia. She will continue to have a relationship with her grandparents and a few other key family members. Her future adoptive family will need to support these important connections.

If you are a patient, understanding family who can’t wait to walk to a coffee shop with Malia, reach out! We’re excited to find her the permanent home she deserves.