A 17-year-old boy who has dreams of serving his country is asking for a family to adopt him before he is kicked out of the system on his 18th birthday. The teen boy has been in foster care since he was 12 years old and lives with four other children in the shelter.
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Haven posted a heartwrenching video that detailed all he wants before he turns 18 years old in October is to find a family. He isn’t picky about who adopts him; all he asks is for “anyone that would take me.”
“I don’t really care,” he added, “as long as it’s a family that will show love for me and be there for me.” Haven, who lives in Oklahoma City, has plans to enlist in the military when he turns 18 as he yearns to be involved in “a part of something bigger than myself and serving my country.”
When asked by local news stations what appeals to him about the military, Haven explained its the independence and traveling that pushes him. According to the Daily Mail, Haven is involved in ROTC at his high school.
When PEOPLE interviewed Haven, he told them that he is concerned that he will never have a family as he reaches adulthood. Haven says being in the system for the past five years has really taken a toll on him. “It gets old at times,” the teen said. “Just being there. Not being able to go out whenever I want.”
Haven questioned what will happen to him in life if he never finds a family. “So you can have someone to help you, like be there for you if you need help,” he told KFOR. “Not just going into it all blind, because that’s how you get into drugs and bad stuff like that.”
On Haven’s profile at Oklahoma’s Heart Gallery, he posted a video that stated: “Please adopt me – I’m pretty cool.” Haven isn’t different from other teenage boys as he loves video games and hanging with his friends.
After Haven’s plea for adoption went viral, someone created a GoFundMe page with the caption reading: “My hope is that someone in Oklahoma City takes him up on this request, but in the event that doesn’t happen, he’ll need money to assimilate into adult life.”
In a 24-hour time span, the page raised almost $50,000 for the teen boy in need.