Meet Lucien

Lucien 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™.

Skilled at: Photoshop and all things tech
Hobbies: Legos and hot wheels
Creating: His own comic book
Looking for: A permanent family

It’s hard not to notice how whip smart Lucien is. He’s an incredibly creative and intelligent kid who can really do wonders with a bunch of Legos. He has built some incredible structures out of those little colored blocks and is always proud to show them off to anyone who is interested. His ability to follow complicated instructions in order to create something intricate and beautiful is admirable.

Lucien is self-taught at Photoshop and wanted to walk us through a project!

His other passions in life include dining, movie theaters, computers, and shopping. When he is visited by the adults in his life, Lucien will inevitably ask to journey out to the theater, a restaurant, or out to shop. Lucien’s favorite restaurant is Panda Express and he has emphatically reported that he could eat orange chicken and white rice for every single meal.

Lucien said yes to creating his own In-Depth Profile so families could hear straight from him and get to know his personality and interests. He wants to point out that he doesn't always have the long hair shown on his page, and it's often shorter, especially during summer!

Video games are a great motivator for Lucien, who enjoys spending time playing on the computer or an Xbox. Lucien has a great mind for technology and really understands it. He’ll gladly tell the people in his life all about his new favorite character from a video game or a Marvel superhero movie. Actually, he’s often rocking characters on his clothing, leaving no questions as to who he’s looking up to at the time (hint: his Deadpool socks signal his all-time favorite). As we are all getting more and more used to connecting online, Lucien has found a lot of joy in online gaming, especially on platforms like Twitch and Discord.

Lucien made his own reaction video - of himself (and NWAEer, Nick) reacting to silly animal videos!

Currently in 11th grade, Lucien excels in technology based classes, and he’s doing well in school in general. An adoptive family who is academically driven and excited to support and guide Lucien in his studies will be such a great benefit for him.

Lucien is also an exceptionally skilled artist who spends a lot of time drawing. When he sits down to put pencil to paper, he is able to create excellent and inspirational works of art. Not only is art a way for Lucien to express himself, it is a way for him to have some time to himself and reflect and relax. The other way Lucien likes to relax and have fun? Reading. Books are a hugely important part of Lucien’s life. He loves to read and can be entertained for hours by books.

Lucien's imagination runs wild when he's crafting new characters and stories for his comic book.

Lucien is very close to a couple of his biological family members and would really like to remain in contact with them. His future adoptive family should support and encourage these significant relationships in his life.

Getting outside and being active for at least a little bit each day has a really positive influence on Lucien. An adoptive family who prioritizes health, happiness, and a bit of physical activity would be great for him. Lucien's social worker has known him for several years, and shares that she has seen him really grow in confidence as a teenager. His creativity, type A personality, humor, sarcasm, and smarts all stand out to her.

Lucien would do well with a family who can provide him with guidance, support, and a lot of love. His social worker shares that they are looking for a family that may have some medical experience for supporting Lucien in the future, and she is looking forward to discussing that further, with anyone going forward. Having a strong father figure in Lucien’s life would be really beneficial as well. Lucien responds well to positive rewards and appreciates a family who can openly communicate with honesty and encouragement. A family who is experienced and can commit to Lucien throughout his life will be the best match for this great kid.

If you are interested in learning more about Lucien, please let us know! We’re excited to find him the adoptive family he deserves.

Beyond the Profile: I think Lucien's In-Depth Profile is so cool because you get so many glimpses into what he loves and is talented at. His skills in editing in Adobe Photoshop totally blew me away. His quick, knowledgeable maneuvering was mesmerizing, as he narrated his way through his project...and I even learned a few things as a novice editor myself! His comic book creation really shines a light on his creative side and humor. And his idea for a reaction video perfectly captures his fun and silly side - who doesn't love to laugh at goofy animals?! So many adults in Lucien's life agree: he's grown into a teen who can speak for himself, and it is incredibly rewarding for me to be able to help give him that platform. He's a teen who still desires a permanent family for his future, and I'm so hopeful that it's out there for him - it's what he deserves.

- Nick Baumgartner, Youth Engagement Specialist