Most people who adopt don't immediately think about adding an adolescent to their family. But 12-year-old William is hoping there's a family out there who is willing to take a chance on him.
William is entering the teenage years, such an impressionable time. And what William wants, what he needs, are parents to keep him on track as he makes the transition from a boy, to a young man.
"Good guidance, really good guidance to help and show that they care," William said.
His ideal family:
"Mom and dad, no kids. I'd be like their first kid."
He says parents with grown kids would be great too. William just doesn't want to compete with siblings right now, after feeling invisible while sharing foster homes with other kids.
"I've been through that and it's not that fun," William said.
William can count the birthdays he's spent in foster care. And all he wants is what most kids his age take for granted.
"I would want a mom and dad to help me with projects kind of thing," he said.
William would like to do fun things too and dreams about the types of conversations he would have with his parents:
"They would ask me, ‘how was school and I would say, school was good, or it was fantastic or I had fun or I made a new friend.'"
He doesn't feel like he has anyone to really tell that to right now.
William wants parents who will be proud of him, when he gets good grades or when he scores a goal. His soccer teammates have parents on the sidelines and William simply wants the same, saying:
"I wish my family would come out and be there, cheer me on. Say if you had millions of dollars, nothing could buy more than your son or your child that's priceless. When I get kids, no one is going to come between me, my kids or my family, no one."
Despite having to move around, William is doing well in school and is excited to start the 8th grade in the fall. And he is staying positive that his future will include a forever family.
"You should stop by, or try or if you have the time to come by and take a look," William noted.
If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U. To meet other children in foster care and discover how you can help restore their hope, please click here.
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