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13-year-old William holding out hope he'll find a family

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Eighth grade graduation is a big milestone, as kids make the transition to high school. But for 13-year-old William, it's a rite of passage he will experience without a mom or dad cheering for him.

William explains what it would mean to him to be part of a family:

"I wish my family would come out and be there, cheer me on."

William is about to graduate from eighth grade and it will be bittersweet, while he's excited to wear a suit for his big day, he knows he will have no family to celebrate with him.

William has been dreaming about finding parents to love him for years, even noting that his future will be different:

"When I get kids, no one is going to come between me, my kids or my family, no one."

This 13-year-old has been in the foster care system for almost half his life, after countless disappointments no child should have to experience. What he needs is a forever family to show him what commitment and unconditional love really mean.

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. He

"I've been through that and it's not that fun in foster families where you feel like you're not as loved. No it's not that, just no one pays attention>

William has spent about four birthdays 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."

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."

And as he prepares to finish eighth grade, and enter high school, William wonders if he'll ever find a family. He's starting to have some doubts, but what William deserves is a future that includes a forever home. And he's hoping someone who's watching will give him a chance.

If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U during regular business hours.

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