Meet Zaden

Zaden is excited to share some of his 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.

A self-proclaimed: "Powerpoint God"
Favorite outdoor activities: Kayaking, Canoeing, Camping
Wants: To go to college to be a lawyer or engineer
Looking for: A supportive adoptive family

Zaden had a lot to share with potential adoptive families in the format of a Powerpoint presentation (yes, really). Be sure to check it out!


As an intellectual teen who is teeming with creativity, Zaden always has something to bring forward. He thought he'd bring some of his interests and desires forward to families through his favorite medium: a Powerpoint presentation.


This original note served as both a brainstorm and outline to what would become his presentation.


Zaden is someone who also really loves reading, and loves losing himself in a really well written story. Naturally, he enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his friends as well. His expansive imagination is often displayed through adding quirky new endeavors to his bucket list, such as “sculpting Abe Lincoln out of butter” or working on his inventive artwork. He is definitely an artist who is able to express himself in original and creative ways!

Soon to be a sophomore in high school, Zaden is very bright, and would nevertheless benefit from having an adoptive family to encourage him with his academic progress. Zaden’s favorite subject is math and he is very excited about going to college in the future. At the moment, Zaden thinks he will study engineering or go into law - both things he’d find intellectually rigorous and rewarding.

Getting outside is something that Zaden is always ready to do. An active kid, Zaden loves hiking, camping, canoeing, and kayaking, and simultaneously is involved in playing baseball. As a former Boy Scout, Zaden is particularly well-equipped for all the outdoor adventures he wants to do!

As Zaden continues to make progress in various areas of his life, an adoptive family to support his growth will really help him thrive. Like all teens, feeling accepted is important to Zaden and as he navigates the social world of high school. Having an adoptive family by his side would be a great addition to his progress.

Zaden has a very close relationship with his current foster parents, as well as his biological siblings. An adoptive family who will support these essential bonds throughout his life will be essential. Zaden does well with structure and consistency and really appreciates being able to stick to a routine – both in family life and in school or activities.

Zaden will do well in a single or two parent household. He has expressed interest in being an only child, though he is also open to the idea of siblings, especially a similarly-aged or older brother or sister who he can bond with. If you can envision Zaden in your family, reach out to us! We’re excited to find him the adoptive family he deserves.

Zaden and Brandon (NWAE staff) reveal the process of making this In-Depth Profile - where Zaden could be the leading voice in sharing about himself to find an adoptive family.

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