Meet Antonio

Antonio 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.

Likes to be: Outside playing sports
Walls are covered with: His own artwork
Secret talent: Writing his own lyrics
Looking for: A supportive, accepting family

Antonio is a teen who loves to be active, with life full of the next great thing. He has a multitude of interests and hobbies - many of which he wanted to share through his In-Depth Profile.

And pretty quickly, sports is going to come up when you're hanging with Antonio. He loves sports. He really enjoys playing basketball or tossing a football around, though he is likely open to playing any team sport. Having him engaged as a part of a team could really be a great motivator for him, and he would benefit from learning the importance of being a team player and working alongside peers and friends.

It's no secret: Antonio loves cars. And he knows a lot about them!

Singing is something that is really important to Antonio, a lover of music. Previously, he’s been a part of a choir and would like to get involved again in the future. Singing is a really relaxing and fulfilling hobby for Antonio. Both the social aspect of being in a choir and the deep breathing techniques are so beneficial for him! Currently, Antonio’s favorite genre is rap music.

Got some art supplies? Antonio really likes to draw and express himself creatively. Adoptive families who are excited to stoke that creative energy will be an especially good fit. Making sure Antonio has access to art supplies and tools is a great idea so he feels encouraged to express himself whenever inspiration hits.

Antonio is passionate about supporting Pride and the LGBTQ community

And the final quadrant in Antonio’s passions? Cars! He can tell you the exact kind of car he’d like when he’s older (a Subaru WRX) and he is super interested in learning more about the mechanics of vehicles. Seeing and talking about cars is one of Antonio’s favorite things to do! If you ask, he will certainly show you his Hot Wheels collection.

Antonio's drawings and artwork

Antonio does best in school when he is in a structured classroom with lots of opportunities to spend one-on-one time with his teacher(s). An adoptive family who can support and guide Antonio through some of the tougher subjects will be really beneficial.

Antonio on basketball cards

Isn't it every basketball-loving kid's dream to wind up on their own trading card?!

Antonio is really close to his biological brother and enjoys chatting with him whenever they can make it happen. The two brothers will often play video games with each other online, which is a special connection they have. An adoptive family who will maintain and support this bond is essential.

Antonio shooting hoops

Antonio loves to shoot hoops in the driveway and helped dream up this creative series of photos!

A personable and super friendly kid, Antonio will be a great fit for the right adoptive family. He thrives in structured environments with clear expectations. Rules really matter to Antonio; open and honest communication does as well. An adoptive family who can guide Antonio toward success by being there for him while providing him with structure, patience, and lots of love will be a great fit. Antonio will do really well with a strong paternal figure, like a single dad, and in a home where he can be the only child or the youngest of older brothers. Having a space of his own is key, whether that be his own room or simply the chance to play basketball outside by himself. Antonio is most successful when a trusted adult can connect about his feelings when he’s ready.

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

Beyond the Profile: When I think about working with Antonio on his In-Depth Profile, the words that come to mind are “personal” and “wide-reaching.” I so enjoyed collaborating with Antonio because of how thoughtful and intentional he was from start to finish. The images, words, and videos on this page were all carefully selected by him because he wanted to ensure his profile best reflects the teen he is today. Not every teen is eager to record videos or open up in the same way. In-Depth Profiles are about finding a fit with that specific teenager and tailoring it to their vision. That couldn’t be more true with Antonio. I love seeing his passion for the LGBTQ community represented in his artwork. I love his hands on approach to curating his favorite cars. I love the glimpses of our back-and-forth conversations and getting his voice featured on his profile. And, of course, how could we forget sports? Antonio is so deserving of a permanent family, I really hope a family can connect with the many parts of himself he bravely shared on his In-Depth Profile.

-Nick Baumgartner, NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist