Wednesday’s child: Jared the explorer

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:09 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Myth: Single people can’t adopt children.

Myth: Older people can’t adopt children.

Myth: Adoption is always too expensive.

Adoption from foster care is far different from private adoption. There are plenty of single individuals and grandparents who adopt children from foster care for nominal fees.

Grant Me Hope and Michigan’s Adoption Resource Exchange are trying to find a permanent home for 12-year-old Jared. This 5th grader is an intelligent, caring youth with an interesting hobby: origami.

“I like to do crafts, folding paper. I’m very good at that,” said Jared. “I like doing hard origami because I feel happy when I actually complete it. I wanted to do it since I was little, but I didn’t know how to do it at first. But then somebody showed me how, then I kept looking up videos and just went on from there.”

Jared is an avid reader who is also good at math. Engineering might be in his future, someday.

“I kind of want to figure out how to design a robotic limb. I would want it to be wireless, so it doesn’t hold you back. I know how to do simplified code, like on a game, with you drag the pieces from the works and put them in the workspace and in order. I like stuff like that,” explained Jared.

Described as a sweet and caring boy, Jared has been searching for an adoptive family for the past two years. He hopes his new family will take him on adventures. He’s a fan of trampolines and roller coasters.

“I can actually do a flip on a trampoline,” said Jared. “I actually want to go back to Cedar Point. I went there once. It had a loop-de-loop roller that went upside down so fast, you can’t even tell.”

If you would like to learn more about Jared, click here for links to Grant Me Hope and Michigan’s Adoption Resource Exchange.

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