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17-Year-Old In DHS Custody For 5 Years Begging For Family To Adopt Him Before His Birthday

Posted at 4:09 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 16:09:50-04

OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. (KFOR) – An Oklahoma teenager is pleading for someone to adopt him before his 18th birthday.

NBC affiliate KFOR-TV reports that Haven is currently under the care of DHS, living in a shelter with four other children.

The 17-year-old is a member of the JROTC and hopes to join the military some day.

“Being a part of something bigger than myself and to serve my country,” he told KFOR.

But first, he just wants a place to call home, and a family.

“So you can have someone to help you, like be there for you if you need help. Not just going into it all blind because that’s how you get into drugs and bad stuff like that,” he said.

Haven turns 18-years-old in October, so he’s praying someone adopts him before time runs out. He’s reportedly been in DHS custody for 5 years, and he’s losing hope that he’ll ever have someone to support him.

When asked what kind of family he is looking for, Haven said, “Anyone who will take me.”

“I don’t really care. As long as it’s a family that will show love for me and be there for me,” he said.

KFOR’s Lacey Lett reported on Haven’s heartbreaking story as a part of a series for KFOR-TV out of Oklahoma City.

If you’d like more information on adopting Haven, call Tom Peterson at (405) 325-9398 and tell him you saw him on this segment.

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