Wednesday's Child: Meet Brayden

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
June 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- WCTV and Werner Hyundai are teaming up to highlight local foster children and foster parents.

This is Brayden's story.

Looking out over the water, Brayden is in his “happy place”.

"I fish,” says Brayden. “Since I was inside my momma's stomach, pretty much."

The biggest fish he ever caught was a 42” grouper.

"I couldn't get it in the boat,” he says. “I had to use a net and have three other people grab it."

Not only is Brayden good at fishing, but soccer too.

"My mentor talked me into playing soccer," says Brayden. "I get to kick stuff."

And there's one more thing that comes easy to this funny 17-year-old; school.

"Brayden is an honor roll student. He likes to please others. He’s very motivated to do whatever he wants to do at that time," says Brayden’s case manager, Jamie.

Jamie came to know Brayden almost three years ago when he entered the foster system. Ever since, she’s seen Brayden change.

"He went from having a difficult time to blossoming; becoming his own person, getting a job, continuing with his amazing grades, and growing into a really great man," says Jamie.

Brayden is just shy of aging out of the foster care system. He’s looking for a family to call his own.

"I hope that Brayden gets adopted before he turns 18 and that he can fulfill all of his dreams," says Jamie.

A dream that could soon become reality.