Haven, a 17-year-old from Oklahoma City, has been waiting and hoping to get his forever family for a long time. Soon, the teen will age out of the foster care system, and is now issuing a desperate plea for a family to take him in before he does.
Haven is involved with the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He says he’s passionate about one day joining the military so that, in his own words, “be a part of something bigger than myself and serving my country.”
Having been in the Oklahoma Department of Human Services custody for the last five years, Haven says it now feels like his dream of being adopted is beginning to feel hopeless each passing day.
Haven currently lives in a shelter with four other children. While he is thankful he has a place to live and sleep in, the situation can sometimes feel frustrating and limiting. “It gets old at times, just being there. Not being able to go out whenever I want.” He told Oklahoma News 4.
Still the teen has hopes for a better future. He said, “I’d probably like to travel the world, which the army helps with that.”
But his biggest wish right now, is to get a family he belongs to and that will love him and provide him with the comfort and support that only a family can provide.
Haven turns 18 in October 2019 and is hoping to find an adoptive family before then. “You can have someone to help you, to be there for you if you need help. Not just going into it blind and stuff.” he explained.
When asked what kind of family he’s looking for, he simply said, “Anyone that would take me. I don’t really care, as long as it’s a family that would show love for me and be there for me.”
This breaks my heart, no child should ever have to feel like that. I pray Haven gets the loving family that he dreams of.
Please help us share Haven’s story in the hope that he can find his forever home.