Pardon the pun, but Brendan has an ax to grind about people who cut down trees for no good reason. He wants trees protected … and animals too, saying “I want to help around the world, help people and animals.” Perhaps that helps explain why this busy as a bee young man plans to become a scientist when he gets older. His scientific interest extends to the ocean and its inhabitants as well, such as octopuses that change color. And he likes nothing more than going to the zoo or studying spiders, snakes and other reptiles. He has a bit of the adventurer in his diet as well and enjoys trying exotic fruits and sampling sushi. When he’s at home, Brendan’s favorite activities include drawing or playing video and board games with friends. He also likes building things. One of his current interests involves Greek mythology; he’s learning all about the Greek God Poseidon. With his forever family, Brendan says he wants to travel someday, but for now he’ll settle for some simpler activities such as biking together.

His worker says Brendan has been “working tirelessly” on dealing with his emotions and understands that’s an ongoing process and even though he struggles with his past, he’s made a “great deal of progress over the past year.”

Brendan would do best with a two-parent family who can provide love, support, structure and continuous supervision. Brendan should be the youngest or only child in the home. His parents should be patient, understanding. His family must be strong advocates for the services Brendan requires to thrive in school, at home and in the community. An adoptive family also should be open to maintaining sibling contact as deemed appropriate in the future.

For more information, contact the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at 800-589-6273.

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