Meet Khris

Khris 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 all things: Robots
Always up for: Family movie night
Known for: His kindness
Looking for: A permanent place to call home

Kind and affectionate, Khristopher’s sunny smile and friendly demeanor leave a lasting impression on everyone he meets! Khris is truly a people person - he makes great connections with those in his life. He loves to spend time with his friends, the fellow members of his boy scout troop, his youth group at church, and the adults in his life. With a kid as outgoing and social as Khris, it's no surprise that he was ready to dive head first into creating his own In-Depth Profile to introduce himself to potential families.

Spend any amount of time talking with Khris, and it won't be long before one of his favorite topics comes up: robots! Khris had a blast in his robotics class this year learning all about engineering, building and programming. His love for Legos paired nicely with the work he did in class designing and building HOMI3 robots which are constructed from Legos and then programmed using specialized software. Khris made robots that drove around, danced and see-sawed and was excited to show off his work in his In-Depth Profile.

Khris was excited to give a tour of his robotics class and show off some of the work he's been doing building and programming custom robots!

Khris is a very active kid! He loves being able to get outside and ride his bicycle around in the fresh air. He also really enjoys going to the park or playing basketball, soccer, or taekwondo. Running around outside is fun for Khris, but he knows how to make the most of his downtime as well. You'll often find him curled up on a Friday night settling in for movie time! Besides his love for super hero flicks, Khris also loves action movies or anything having to do with sports. The Last Dragon with Bruce Leroy and The Mighty Ducks rank high on Khris' list of his all-time favorite movies.

Khris really likes school, is doing well in his classes, has a lot of friends and looking forward to starting high school this year. He's proud of the work he does and makes a strong impression on all of his teachers and mentors. As some of the people who know him best, Khris was excited to include some words of praise from his teacher as a part of his profile. His future adoptive family should be supportive and excited about Khris’ progress as he settles into his new home.

Khris's paraeducator Ms. Dolphin talks about some of the things she loves about Khris, and what she hopes for his future.

As previously mentioned, Khris loves to spend quality time with other people. It's really important for him to be involved in all the different communities in his life. Khris loves getting weekly time with his youth group and going on weekend outings with his boy scout troop. He also loves spending time with furry friends and would love to have a dog of his own someday. Some of Khris' other interests include Legos, arts and crafts, and video games, especially Sonic the Hedgehog!

Khris smiling holding a robot he built with legos. "I like to build robots out of legos and program them to do cool things."

Khris' team has noticed that he thrives in a household that enjoys spending time together. Quality time is the best time! Khris really enjoys spending time with his foster family and loves doing activities together as a unit. Khris' team also thinks he will do well with a nurturing family who will take the time to listen attentively, be consistent, and provide him with clear expectations. They also think he'll do really well in a family who can provide him with choices – he does best when he knows that his voice is being heard and valued.

Khris really wants to find a permanent home and a family that he can call his own - for good. He just wants someone to be there. We can't wait to help find this super great kid the adoptive family he deserves. If you’re interested in learning more about Khris, please reach out to us!

Photos by Tom Wolken in partnership with Adopt-A-Child Photography.

Beyond the Profile: I've had the good fortune of knowing Khris for a while now and collaborating with him on several projects. It's been awesome watching him grow into the young man he's become, but although his interests have evolved and his tastes have changed, one thing that stands out is that his sweet, friendly demeanor never wavers. Khris is always so welcoming when we see or talk to each other, and excited to tell me all about the new things in his life. From movies to games to camping and fishing, Khris is such a natural conversationalist it's easy to lose track of time during our engagements. Recently I got to spend time with Khris at his school where he showed me around his robotics class. As much as I enjoyed seeing all of the cool work he's been doing, it was even more special, though not surprising, seeing how everyone around him, students, teachers and staff alike, just love him, and I can't wait until the perfect family comes along for Khris to love him the same.

~ Ginger Seslar, Youth Engagement Specialist