If one of Brenden’s wishes came true, he’d cast a mighty big shadow: He wants to stand 6 feet 10 inches tall. That shadow would barely cover the “big lawn” that he lists as another wish. His big dreams carry big career aspirations, too. For instance, if he gets his dream job as an adult, Brenden might be seen darting around the track in a racecar, rolling down the highway in a semi or spinning around the arena in a monster truck. Brenden also goes big on activities as well, listing football, baseball, kayaking, basketball, swimming, youth group and Sunday school as his favorites. Brenden enjoys doing crafts, playing video games (“Need for Speed Pro Street”) and hanging out with friends. If he could visit anywhere, he’d go to the Grand Canyon. “It would be cool to see the erosion from the river and the birds’ nests in the cliffs,” he says. Of course, one of his biggest wishes would be a “good forever family” with whom he can go on vacations during school breaks, perhaps to a kayaking destination.
Described as sweet and affectionate, Brenden responds positively to reminders to stay on task and thrives on encouraging words. He can struggle with his emotions, and he does best with a structured routine. Due to his past, Brenden requires close supervision, especially around younger children.
Brenden would do best in a single-male- or two-parent household where he can get the one-on-one attention and supervision he needs. The parents should be experienced and patient and able to provide structure with clear expectations and consequences. In addition, Brenden would do best in an adoptive home with children around his age or older. Brenden’s foster mother suggests that a family with “a good sense of humor would be helpful.” Brenden also would benefit from contact with his siblings, who are placed separately.
For more information, please contact his adoption worker, Katie DeJong at 616.774.2056 or to email her, click here.