GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series, to help kids and teens in the Michigan foster care system find loving adoptive homes, we would like to introduce you to Kyron.
“I like to read, and do my homework, do right, and I like to do chores,” said Kyron.
Music to any parent’s ears. Kyron turned 17-years-old this summer and is a gem: he’s smart, positive, and eager to help others.
He’s been in and out of foster homes and now a group placement for nearly the last four years. And now that he’s turning 18-years-old in less than one year, he is hoping to be adopted.
Tuesday FOX 17 spent the morning with Kyron bowling at Spectrum Lanes, and strike after strike, he nailed it!
A junior in high school, Kyron bowls through a school team and is an all-around athlete. When it comes to schoolwork, he’s also focused: earning A’s and B’s in his favorite subjects, math and English.
“I know how to do my work, I’m very smart,” said Kyron.
Being deaf doesn’t slow Kyron down, instead it adds skills to his list. A quick learner, Kyron does very well reading people’s lips, but he said he is learning to sign just to help others communicate.
“If a kid is deaf, I’ll help teach him or her a sign,” said Kyron.
Kyron’s also been learning how to build houses since the age of 12. Now, in part because of those skills, he’s enjoying his work-employment program: Kyron volunteers at hospitals and works construction, something he said he would eventually like to do for a living.
“Graduation, finish school, and I’ll get a new job: I think I’ll build a house, construction,” Kyron said.
Kyron is independent and always looking ahead.
“If I was going to school, I’d go to college, I’ll get a new job, make more money, and help people, like help my family if they need more money, and be good at my job,” Kyron said.
Yet, now more than ever, Kyron said he needs parents to guide him.
“I would like to be adopted because I want a mom, a dad, and I’m ready to go home,” said Kyron.
If you would like to learn more about adoption, or if you are considering adopting Kyron, call Orchards Children’s Services at 1 (855) 694-7301.
Adoption specialists explain that adopting through the state’s foster care system is free of charge. Most families experience about nine months from adoption orientation until finalizing their adoption.
FOX 17 would also like to extend a special thanks to Spectrum Lanes for this filming session!