Meet Hunter

Hunter is excited to share some of his story through our In-Depth Profiles, a NWAE project that empowers youth to speak directly to potential adoptive families. Learn more about In-Depth Profiles.

Loves to: Be outside fishing, hiking
Pays attention to: Current events
Goals: Get a job as a teenager
Looking for: A permanent family where he can also be independent

Hunter is a teen with so many interests. Energetic with a good spirit, he loves to be involved in all sorts of activities and is consistently open to new things. Fishing, climbing, swimming, hiking (he'd love the chance to hunt in the future!) – Hunter enjoys being outdoors. In the past, he's been involved in baseball and, karate, which he’d like to pick back up again. When inside, you can find Hunter listening to music, catching up on current events, or playing video games like Call of Duty and Far Cry. Having spent a lot of his life in the Pacific Northwest, he'd love the chance to travel more in the future, both domestically and internationally.

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Hunter had a lot to share on his podcast, so we broke it up into sections!

Hunter wanted to be involved in creating his own In-Depth Profile because it's important to him that families get to listen to him be himself. His sense of humor, his interests, his goals, his personality - he wants to share all of that firsthand. As a listener of podcasts in his free time, he chose that medium so he could have the space and time to chat across a wide range of subjects. As a teen in foster care, he's hopeful to find the right permanent family to live with - and wants to contribute towards those efforts.

Hunter is currently in 10th grade and has always been a good student. School is consistently a place where Hunter really shines. The classroom is an environment where Hunter is able to be social while pushing himself to discover more about the world around him. As a smart kid who revels in the ability to learn new things, the structure and routine of school works well for Hunter.

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Last but not least, Hunter shares some of his favorite things to listen to and watch!

Cats and hamsters are his very favorite animals, but Hunter really loves all creatures. In fact, he’d be interested in living in a rural setting, or near farmland, as long as it's not too far from what a city of town has to offer. As he's gotten older, Hunter has become conscious about what he eats and prefers locally-sourced and vegetarian meals and dishes whenever he can. He's not a strict vegetarian at the moment, but would love to be more involved in the routines of meal planning in a new home - menu-planning, shopping, prepping, cooking!

Hunter's sense of humor is sharp, dry, and always willing to include himself in a joke. He loves engaging with others who like to joke around. He's a teen who's excited about gaining more independence as he gets older, including in his social life and his goals of getting a job soon. He says he likes time to himself sometimes, to recharge, or take walks outside, or meditate. He's looking forward to building a relationship on trust in a future home, where trust is exchanged both ways and he feels empowered to be himself and also engage with others.

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With Hunter, jokes are always near. Even light-hearted ones at his own expense if it means a laugh!

Hunter has helped make a list of what he’s hoping for in a future family:

  • He’s open to living out of state, which would allow a “fresh start”
  • A family who follows him if he leaves when he is upset
  • A family who can be a little stricter at times, with a routine
  • A family who does family activities together
  • A family who lets him grow into independence
  • A family who will help him with his homework

Hunter would like to find a stable home environment. He would appreciate being around people who are willing to listen to what he needs, and who will stick by his side while building mutual trust. His team is eager to hear from families who enjoy spending time together, are open and honest, and who will provide Hunter with consistent, loving relationships. His team thinks Hunter will really benefit from a family who can guide him and be present on a daily basis and throughout his life.

A rural environment would be most comfortable for Hunter; a place where he can expend his energy and his love of the outdoors. If you are a family who is interested in working toward adoption with Hunter as he continues to progress and mature, please let us know. We would love to find the right fit for this great kid.

Beyond the Profile: Sometimes you just need to sit with someone and talk, uninterrupted, to really get a glimpse into who they are. That’s how I felt while working with Hunter on his In-Depth Profile. Creating a podcast together gave us time to sit and wander through conversations, not quite sure where we might end up. The result, I think, it’s an incredibly authentic snapshot of this teenager. And I’m so glad he wanted to share those moments and conversations with potential families out there. Hunter’s humor certainly stands out – his dry sarcasm, his jokes, his let’s-not-take-this-too-seriously demeanor. I love that it’s everywhere on his podcast. It was also so quickly evident to me how smart Hunter is. He enjoys staying up-to-date on current events, loves to banter and discuss, and is eager for a conversation partner. You could probably spin a wheel of topics and always land on something that would produce an enjoyable chat with him. Lastly, I’m so inspired by his courage to put himself out there and step into this role by creating an In-Depth Profile. For a teen in foster care, that is no small thing. I hope you take the time to get to know Hunter through his profile. We are part of a chorus of adults who think he’s a great kid, and deserves to find the permanency he’s looking for.

-Nick Baumgartner, NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist