Benjamin, affectionately called “Benny” by some, could be described as smart, curious, and joyfully sarcastic. Once he is comfortable, he will certainly open up and talk about things such as his favorite show or video game at the time. Ben has a great imagination and likes to go into a fairy-tale world. He enjoys playing Legos, coloring, video games, and shows on Netflix or Disney Plus. Ben does well independently or with other youth and can keep himself occupied for long stretches of time. He has a wide and impressive knowledge of creatures, birds and plants. He asks lots of great questions and usually wants to go several layers deep into a topic. Ben is an avid reader and enjoys the escapism. Ben is conversational with adults and usually agreeable to new activities or community outings. His dry sense of humor and wittiness could land him on a stage some day!
A Family for Ben
“I like to be cared for, loved and protected,” are Ben’s simple hopes for characteristics of a future family. He definitely would appreciate a family that was “nice—not mean.” A family for Ben would need to be loving, patient, and provide him with lots of attention. He does well with a limited amount of structure and needs to know what he is doing ahead of time. Ben would do well in a variety of family compositions, including having older siblings. However, whatever the family makeup, Ben wants a family that will be supportive of him playing with “girl stuff.” Ben has a close relationship with his grandparents and would need an adoptive family to support him in continuing to visit with them. Ben needs space to dream, but he also likes going out into the community and would enjoy a family that was fun, engaging and active.
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.