November is adoption awareness month… but we shine the spotlight on adoption every Monday.
Teenage foster children are the hardest to find homes for, you may have seen the story of the Florida teen that went to church and begged for a family. His story reminded me of a young man we recently sat down with… his name is Alex, he’s brilliant! He wants to be a computer software developer when he grows up. He just needs the right person to get him there.
Alex is this week’s Kids to Love.
“I know I have a hard time socializing. People think I’m retarded because I act a certain way… but actually my intelligence test says otherwise… I have 4.0 GPA. Sometimes I can’t get the words out like I want too.” Alex said.
He is 16 and in the 11th grade.
Lee asks “How long have you been in foster care?”
Alex hesitates then answers “Since I was 5”
“Have you been in a lot of homes?” Lee asked
Alex nods head and answers “10”
Always changing schools and making new friends are challenges Alex faces with foster care, he wants out.
“Because I really wanna be adopted really bad.” Alex said
Lee asks: “What would adoption mean to you?”
“It would mean I wouldn’t have to search for a family anymore, I would be able to have a sense of unity, I would have somebody to love.” Alex answers
And at 16, on the cusp of manhood…Alex is still a child.
“I’m tired of people saying I need to grow up… I wanna be a kids, let me be a kid because I haven’t most of my life. Most of my childhood I’ve spent acting like an adult, taking care of my mom… doing stuff that a little kid wasn’t supposed to do.” Alex has no problem getting those words out.