Benjamin (Ben) is a bright teenager with aspirations of becoming either a famous Paleontologist or starring in a Walking Dead episode as a zombie. Though who says he can’t do both?! He has a lot of imagination and enjoys being inquisitive and learning new things. He loves trying new foods, but don’t be surprised if he can’t finish it all or tells you it is not his thing. One of his favorite foods is sushi; shrimp is his favorite most of all! Ben loves to play video games, and always enjoys getting to learn new ones. He is also a huge Pokémon fan! He would like to learn more about fishing as he’s only had the opportunity to fish once before. He would also like to be on a soccer team and be supported by a family that encourages him to do the best he can.
What Ben would like in a family is parents who can understand him and like to do different things outside. He loves to browse through summer garage sales, and dreams of one day being able to travel to Alaska to catch king salmon! He is ready to take on new challenges, but will need support and encouragement to do so. He’s looking for a family that has the patience and kindness to walk him through a tough day and, at times, "sit down with me and talk with me while I'm having my troubles." Ben wants a family who is interested in him, his activities, and who truly wants him to be a part of their family. He wants adults who care about his thoughts and feelings, and that will want to do things with him, like going to a garage sale or the arcade. He loves pets and would love to have his own black cat named Ben! A family who loves weird facts, appreciates dinosaurs, and has their Spider-Man knowledge down pat would be awesome.
Ben also wanted to share about himself through a conversation with someone who knows him well: his caseworker!
Ben has meaningful contact with multiple members of his birth family. He has also made some positive adult connections in his current community that would be important to maintain. While a new family is important to him, his past is also important to keep intact. When asked what he would want most if he could have anything in the world, Ben’s response was “a family.”
Ben deserves caregivers with a great deal of patience and an unwavering commitment to him as he continues to grow throughout his teenage years. He will do well with parents who can enjoy helping to build skills and who can advocate in lots of areas, both in and outside of school. Ben really enjoys his teachers and the social aspects of school, and he especially loves math. Ben also deserves a family who can help ensure a smooth and settled transition so he can feel confident and assured about the move.
While Ben would thrive in a home as a single child, he could also do well with siblings, provided he could get the full spotlight and individual adult attention he so deserves from an adoptive parent(s). While Ben has his typical teenage moments, there is also ample opportunity for a lot of fun and laughs along the way with his great sense of humor. Ben is an amazing youth who deserves the safety, security, and unconditional love that permanency will provide.