Walker (they/them) is a very thoughtful, friendly, and intelligent 15 year old. Walker tends to be a straight A student, and has a lot of pride in their school work! Because Walker does so well in school and is skilled in encouraging meaningful conversations with their peers, Walker is growing into becoming a great leader. They are quiet when you first meet them, but they begin to open up with time. In conversing with others, Walker appreciates when someone gets straight to the point, when they’re in the right mood, they appreciate longer conversations that allow time for processing and talking through the chosen subject. Walker approaches these types of conversations with maturity and intention. Walker is eager to try their hand at building miniature cities with various crafting supplies and Legos. When not thinking of different city designs, Walker also enjoys playing both board and card games, video games, and having chats about the different characters in TV or movies. Walker also enjoys reading and drawing.
When Walker thinks of adoption they shared they would like to be adopted by a family with one or two parents of any gender, who live in or near a city, but this city doesn’t have to be Twin Cities sized! Walker has said that they have thought specifically about living in a home in a Mankato sized city. They also wouldn’t mind having a pet in the home! To Walker the word “family” and the meaning behind it, looks like people who will be supportive of them, help them when they are upset or struggling, be there to understand who they are and what they are going through, and share some of their interests! Walker would do well as the only child in the home to get quality 1:1 time with the adults. It will also be important that their future family is active, experienced, and patient who can provide a consistent structure, clear expectations, and support for Walker’s emotional awareness and learning. Walker’s birth family is important to them so it is essential that their future family follows through in supporting this connection between them and their siblings and relatives.
That every young person whose life has been disrupted by trauma and subsequent child welfare intervention will be restored to a safe, permanent family with an urgency that honors the brevity of childhood.