Meet Maya

Maya 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.

Find her: Cooking up something new
Proud of: Her photography skills
Believes in: Accepting people of all backgrounds
Really wants: A permanent home

Passionate and artistic, Maya has a love for all things creative. Maya’s creativity shines through in all sorts of ways, from cooking to photography to music. Maya is a kind, caring, goofy, and outgoing soul, well-liked by all who have the pleasure of knowing her.

Photography is one of Maya's favorite ways to both channel her creativity and connect with others.

A culinary whiz, Maya is known for improving on already-existing recipes and making them her own. Maya is always looking to experiment in the kitchen, whether it be a sweet or savory dish. Maya is also a budding photographer and she’s excellent at capturing people in their most authentic moments with her candid photography. She also enjoys photographing nature and of course, animals!

Maya has recently started doing resin art, and she really enjoys expressing herself through this medium. She pours dried flowers, leaves, and resin into molds to create earrings, rings, and just about anything else she sets her mind to. She’s always listening to music, of course, but even more so, she loves dancing to it. Maya appreciates all sorts of music, and she’s not afraid to sing and dance along no matter what time of day it is. A family who loves and supports all kinds of creative endeavors would be a great fit for Maya.

Maya, wearing a black lace dress with lots of colorful bands and bracelets on her wrist, smiles down at her camera. A quote from Maya reads "I love capturing the world. I always think about coming back to look at the memories."


Maya is wrapping up her sophomore year of high school and is really proud of the involvement she's had in honors classes. An avid and bright reader, Maya enjoys immersing herself in fantastical fictional worlds. She’s participated in choir in the past, and would love to get to do so again in the future. Maya is really interested in learning more about psychology, and understanding why people do the things that they do. Maya thinks this could definitely be a future area of study for her when she goes off to college!

Maya truly adores all animals and animals love her right back. She finds comfort and joy in being around all living creatures, especially if they’re cuddly. Maya would love to have her own cat or a dog in the near future! Without a doubt, a dog to accompany Maya on her routine walks and hikes would be a great addition to her life. Maya would love to have more chances to explore her outdoorsy side, and is excited for future opportunities to go camping, fishing, and horseback riding.

Maya has so many different hobbies and interests! She wanted to make sure that all of them got a place on her In-Depth Profile.


Whether it’s during a walk or while baking, Maya always appreciates getting to have deep conversations. A family who values sharing activities and talking about any and everything while they do so will be able to provide Maya with the routine and comfort she is familiar with. Maya wants families to know that she likes having fun and enjoying all that life has to offer. Maya looks forward to travelling the world and wants to visit the Caribbean, specifically Haiti, as well as anywhere else she can swim in warm water.

As Maya continues to think about her future and what it might look like, it's important for potential families to meet her where she's at. Sometimes, Maya is eager to be adopted, and sometimes she's more interested in just having a permanent place to call home. It's important to Maya that her future home is loving and accepting of people of all backgrounds. Maya could see herself fitting into a lot of different family makeups, but they need to share Maya’s values of inclusivity, compassion, and being respectful of all identities.

Maya and Naomi (NWAE staff) go behind the scenes of this In-Depth Profile - starting with a look back on the first time we got to work with Maya.

Maya has been dedicating a lot of time to working on herself lately and is proud to be sharing her new In-Depth Profile. Maya's team is eager to hear from experienced families who can support her as she slowly transitions into their home and lives. Her team thinks families who are affirming, practical, and excited to be there with Maya as she journeys through life are the best fit. (Oh, and if they have a dog, great!)

If you are a family who would welcome the opportunity to grow and learn with Maya, as she becomes a valued and beloved member of your family, please reach out to us!

Could you see Maya as part of your family?