Meet Hailee

Hailee is excited to share some of her story through our In-Depth Profiles, a NWAE project that gives youth in foster care the leading voice in finding their own adoptive family. 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

Hailee wanted to sit down and talk about some of her favorite things, what makes her happy, and what she's looking for in an adoptive family.

As her social worker notes, Hailee loves a “sweet treat.” As a kid who is passionate about cooking, baking, and particularly loves to frost cupcakes, these hobbies are just indicative of her equally sweet personality. An outgoing and friendly kid, Hailee is really excited to be adopted by the right family.

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

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

Currently in her junior year of high school, Hailee does well in class and enjoys being in school. She works closely with a mentor who encourages and supports her education.

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

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

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

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

Hailee really wants to be adopted. She likes animals and will do great in a strong and supportive family who can set boundaries, allow her to be herself, and provide her with choices and independence as well as love and care.

If you can envision Hailee in your family, please reach out to us! We’re excited to find her the adoptive family she deserves.

Beyond the Profile: You can't help but smile when you're around Hailee. She brings a fun, positive energy into the world and invests deeply into the people around her - whether you're a new acquaintance or a longtime friend. Hailee was involved at every step of the profile-making process. We talked through ideas together, set up camera shots, and she walked me through so many of her favorite things in person. She 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?). Her thoughtfulness stood out time and time again. Hailee also got to make the final decisions in the review process - first noticing that her 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 she wanted to be so involved. Nothing was published until she felt good about how it looked and sounded. I love that families get to 'meet' her on her terms.

-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Nick Baumgartner

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