Meet Benjamin

Ben is excited to share some of his story through our In-Depth Profiles project, which empowers teens to speak directly to potential adoptive families. Learn more about In-Depth Profiles.

Prized possession: Trilobite fossil
Loves to watch: Anime
Future travel destination: Alaska
Wants: A family who will understand him

When asked if he wanted to get involved in making an In-Depth Profile for potential adoptive families, the first thing Ben did was make a list of all the things he wanted to share.


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.

Ben would do best in a home with no other children so he can get the spotlight and attention he so deserves. 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.

Beyond the Profile: One of the things that struck me most about working with Ben is how much he truly wants to be adopted. Right after the first time we talked, he was already deep in brainstorming mode about what he wanted to share with families through his profile. He’s never wavered in his desire to be a part of a family, and was clear that he had one big motivation for doing this project: to find his adoptive home. Ben’s great sense of humor, optimistic outlook on life, and hope for the future are just a few of his most admirable qualities. Ben has a way of captivating you when he talks about the things he loves most – whether it be anime, fossils, or dinosaurs. Ben deserves a family that will relish in these enjoyments with him, and that are truly captivated by him. What Ben wants in a family are things we can all relate to – most of all that he wants to be loved, accepted, and understood for who he is.

~ Youth Engagement Specialist, Naomi Kolb-Untinen

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