KANSAS CITY, Mon. – This Thursday we introduce you to a 13-year-old boy who is ready for a new beginning and a family he can rely on. Ben lost his mother a few years ago. Now he hopes another mother – and a father too – will see how smart and thoughtful he is and decides to make him her son.
For this science lover, we took him to the Museum of Illusions in Union Station. It was the perfect way to get him to think.
It is the teenagers favorite subject at school. He is fascinated by physics, chemical reactions and how the earth works.
Ben is polite and easy-going. He enjoys cycling, playing video games, and watching baseball.
He says he thinks a lot about adoption and his future. He’s not worried about what kind of parents he would have.
“I do not care. As long as I have parents, I’m fine, ”said Ben.
Ben was placed in foster care a few years ago when his mother died. They were very close and she was his only mother.
“That’s the main thing I want is really just a mother,” said Ben.
He will always miss his mother, but he hopes another woman can lead him into adulthood.
“They would probably help me get a job and get a car,” said Ben.
He would love to have a few siblings if possible, and he definitely wants a dog. He wants to have a puppy so he can watch it grow.
Ben isn’t sure what he wants to do when he grows up, but he knows he wants it to be the kind of life most of us hope for.
“I’m not saying I want to be rich. I just want a decent amount of money, a good house, a family – I just want to be your average person, ”said Ben.
“I think you are an extraordinary person. I think you are going to do something great. I’m just so excited to see where you are going, “I told him.
Do you want to adopt him?
To learn more about Ben’s adoption, please contact Megan Fisher, Jackson County Adoption Coordinator at 816-889-2144.
Would you like to be a foster parent or adoptive parent in Missouri?
- Cornerstone of care Specialized in standard and career development licenses at 1-855-SRV-KIDS (855-778-5437) or Visit the website.
- Crittenton Children’s Center (Saint Lukes) focuses on medical houses, houses that can accommodate groups of siblings, and houses for older teenagers (ages 12+).
- To learn more about this organization, please contact Virginia Fatseas at (816) 986-5209
- Missouri Alliance offers our resource families training courses with increased needs (level A and B). They also train our foster parents in TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) and SOS (Signs of Safety).
- If you would like to learn more about this organization, please contact Karie Scott-Roark via email: KRoark@MA-CF.org.
- Great Circle Behavioral Health for Children and Families makes care licenses for prospective foster parents.
- To learn more about this organization, please contact Jaqueline Brown at (816) 255-1503 or Jacqueline.Brown@greatcircle.org
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