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11-year-old Omarion in need of a forever family

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - He knows no other life, than the one he's had in foster care. Omarion was just five-years-old when he entered the system.

He's 11 now and has a great network of support. In fact, we recently featured him and his mentor on Adopt 8.

But what Omarion really needs is a forever family.

I first met 11-year-old Omarion two months ago, when we featured him with his mentor Nikki.

“She's nice, and she's my mentor and she cares about me,” said Omarion.

It was a story to raise awareness about the need for mentors for San Diego's foster youth. Omarion told us that his mentor is often his lifeline, when he's having a bad day.

“Nikki, I call her and talk to her,” he said.

He added that he talks to her about why he's upset and how can she help. He thinks of her like a best friend.

But what Omarion needs now is something greater than even a best friend can provide, Omarion is ready to be matched with a forever family.

He was recently photographed with Chargers player King Dunlap for the 2015 Join the Team calendar, featuring foster kids who need a permanent home, and Omarion is hoping the New Year brings him a new start.

“It would be nice to have a family so I can see my friends more often and do more things, and more activities,” Omarion explained.

Omarion doesn't really know what it's like to have a family. He's been in the foster care system more than half his life and is currently living in a group home.

I met Omarion about six years ago, he was five-years-old,” said Larry Baker.

Baker is Omarion's Court Appointed Special Advocate.

“He takes me horseback riding,” noted Omarion.

Omarion enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors with Baker, who took a seven-year-old Omarion to the beach for the first time.

“He's a really great kid, I've been with him for six years. His mentor Nikki has been with him for five years, but we can only do so much for him, and he really needs a family that he can come home to and feel supported by,” continued Baker. “We're sort of part-time family. He needs a full-time family.

Omarion is creative and expresses himself through art.

“I draw people, I draw animals, dogs, cats pigs elephants,” he described.

This sixth grader has dreams of being a teacher one day.

And with a forever family, Baker says, Omarion is destined to succeed.

“I'd love to be there for his graduation, nothing would make me prouder than to see him graduate from college,” added Baker.

“I think he has the potential to really become something in his life. He just needs that encouragement and support that he just can't get anywhere but in a family,” said Baker. “So if someone could offer that possibility it would be great for him and great for them too, because I think he would offer a lot to them.”

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