GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- FOX 17’s Forever Home series has linked several youth in the Michigan Foster System with the loving parents they dream of.
Thanks to the incredible hearts and generosity of our viewers, every child you’ve seen featured on Forever Home series now have identified families working to begin the adoption process.
This was the case for B.J., Preston and K’Lub as well until -- by no fault of their own -- those families were no longer able to continue the adoption process.
Now FOX 17 is giving you another look at these incredible young men, not ready to give up hope as their search for a home continues.
“I don’t get jealous because I know that God got a plan for me,” K’ Lub says.
Words of hope and understanding from a 13-year-old wise beyond his years -- who has never given up hope he’ll one day have loving parents.
“I want to be adopted,” K’Lub says.
He’s not alone. 10-year-old B.J. and 13-year-old Preston continue their search after spending more than a decade combined in the foster system.
“B.J. is a great kid," Dana Wright of Orchards Children’s Services says. "He likes being outdoors he loves being outside and playing."
B.J’s favorite thing is to go to the airport and watch the airplanes.
Autistic and non-verbal, this loving and kind young boy joins the staggering statistics of special needs children with the lowest chance of ever being adopted.
“A lot of people kind of shy away from kids who have those needs," Wright says, "and one of the reasons we featured him is that we’ve really been trying hard to find him that special family for him."
Preston loves being outdoors and dreams of one day becoming a professional basketball player.
“I just usually go to my room. Rarely anybody talks to me,” he says. “I’ve been there for so long.”
He’s longing for the simplest things, like having someone to talk to. In the system for so long, Preston says he’s not quite sure what it would be like to have a family.
“I don’t really know because I haven’t felt that in a while," he says. "I haven’t had a family in a while so I don`t know what it’s like."
But he, along with B.J. and K'Lub, have open-yet-broken hearts from this difficult journey of just wanting to be loved and staying so desperate to find a home.
If you’re interested in adopting K’Lub, B.J., Preston — or any other youth from the Michigan Foster System — call Orchards Children’s Services at 1-855-694-7301.