Meet Krusher

Krusher 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.

Often reading: Anime stories
Loves: Making friends and spending time with them
Music recommendation : Carrie Underwood
Wants: A loving adoptive family

Krusher wanted to sit down and talk about some of his favorite things, what makes him happy, and what he’s looking for in an adoptive family.

As a kid who is passionate about cooking, baking, and particularly loves to frost cupcakes, these hobbies are just indicative of Krusher’s equally sweet personality. An outgoing and friendly kid, Krusher is really excited to be adopted by the right family.

Given the chance to be involved in creating his own In-Depth Profile, Krusher said ‘yes’ so that families could get to know the real him. Always asking good questions and reflecting on what’s important to him and what he’d like to share, Krusher helped create his own video and modeled some of his favorite, silly ‘fist pound’ gestures.

Krusher loves stories – movies, anime, books, tv shows, you name it. He keeps some of his favorites close on hand so he can watch them again (for movies, he particularly loves The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). In his free time, Krusher also enjoys shopping and fashion. He’s particular about his clothing and loves to spend time searching for just the right thing. Krusher is really close to his friends and loves to spend time with them, especially when they get the chance to do something special like attend a school dance.

In school, Krusher works closely with a mentor who encourages and supports his education.

Lately he has become a tireless advocate for keeping the environment clean, making a habit of picking up trash around him. He wants to make the world a better place.

Something that Krusher really appreciates is the chance to make his own choices. He does very well with caregivers who allow him to do things independently and who allow him to have the chance to make decisions on his own. Krusher is honest and a great communicator. He will speak up if he doesn’t understand something. An adoptive family who appreciates and honors Krusher’s individuality will be a great fit for him.

Besides baking and shopping, Krusher really likes to play video games and loves Pokémon. He also really enjoys ceramics and has taken an interest in welding after attending a career fair for school. For music, he points to Carrie Underwood as one of his favorites – particularly the song “Temporary Home."

There are a few important relationships in Krusher’s life, including his older biological sister. An adoptive family who will support these bonds will be essential. His social worker is only considering families in Washington State at this time.

Krusher really wants to be adopted. He likes animals and will do great in a strong and supportive family who can set boundaries, allow him to be himself, and provide him with choices and independence as well as love and care.

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

Beyond the Profile: You can't help but smile when you're around Krusher. He brings a fun, positive energy into the world and invests deeply into the people around him - whether you're a new acquaintance or a longtime friend. Krusher was involved at every step of the profile-making process. We talked through ideas together, set up camera shots, and he walked me through so many of his favorite things in person. He was always happy to further explain and regularly turned questions back around to me (what do I like to do? What are my favorite movies?). His thoughtfulness stood out time and time again. Krusher also got to make the final decisions in the review process - first noticing that his outline in the video could be tightened, and then reminding me that we had captured another fun 'fist pound' at the end of our time that hadn't been included. Of course we had! I'm so glad he wanted to be so involved. Nothing was published until he felt good about how it looked and sounded. I love that families get to 'meet' him on his terms.

-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Nick Baumgartner

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