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12-year-old Sal is yearning for a forever family

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He's a 12-year-old boy who just joined the Young Marines, as he hopes to find role models, mentors and a forever home.

His name is Salvador, but he goes by Sal, and we first introduced you to him four years ago.

Now we're catching up with Sal, who is trying to make the right decisions during his tough "tween" years, but is in urgent need of a supportive family to help him along the way.

Eight-year-old Sal came dressed to impress, saying he wanted to look nice for TV. That was back in 2010, when Sal showed off his break dancing skills and also shared his love of rap. Back then, his nickname was Lil Sal.

Today, Salvador is 12-years-old and his initials are S.S. He has been through a couple different rap names since we first met.

"SS Cash, but then I didn't have cash, so I couldn't call my name SS Cash," Sal explained. "And so now it's the Savior, because in Spanish, my name is savior."

And what Sal is hoping for is the blessing of a forever family.

"I'd really like a family that plays soccer, they're in the Marines or any part of the military," explained Sal. "That likes to rap."

Sal has written a rap song of his own, focused on his struggles in life:

"When I was two-years-old, I was taken from my mom. I wasn't strong, but I'm here now fightin on THANK God."

(Fighting on in foster care, for the past decade.)

"Foster home to foster home, schools to schools, fightin and fightin never stopped, hop hop like a bunny, my family didn't have enough money."

Sal is still searching for the words to end his story, hoping it will include a forever family.

I found Sal to be extremely polite and displayed character and charisma, during our time together at Boomers San Diego.

Sal is yearning for mentors and role models.

"I wanted to join the Young Marines because I need the discipline," Sal said.

And I was impressed by Sal's desire to do what it takes to keep his life on track.

"This Saturday, boot camp starts," he said.

Sal has been through a lot of trauma in his young life, but this sixth grader, who tried to remain stoic during his photo shoot, also has a soft side and a winning smile that would make any family proud.

"The kind of son I'll be is a leader," Sal added.

If you are interested in adopting, please call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.

We would like to thank Boomers San Diego for hosting a fun day at the park. Also thank you to photographer Huy Nguyen with Reflected Light Photography for volunteering his time to take the beautiful adoption Heart Gallery portraits you saw in our story.

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