Haven has big dreams.
As KFOR News reports, the 17-year-old from Oklahoma hopes to travel the world one day — hopefully as a member of the U.S. Army.
He says the reason he wants to join the military is that he’s inspired by the idea of “being a part of something bigger than myself and to serve my country.”
Haven is involved with JROTC and was able to get a hint of what the army might be like with a trip to the Oklahoma National Guard. But while his dream of serving his country is still ahead of him, there’s another dream that’s about to slip away.
Haven doesn’t have a family to call his own. And with his 18th birthday coming in October, he only has a few months left to get adopted before he ages out of the state foster care system.
Currently, the teen lives in a shelter with four other kids. He told KFOR that his living situation can get old:
“It gets old at times. Just being there. Not being able to go out whenever I want.”
More importantly, he wants to experience being part of a family. He says he sees a family as “someone to help you, like be there for you if you need help.” He added that a family would also help guide him into adulthood:
“Not just going into it all blind because that’s how you get into drugs and bad stuff like that.”
Haven has been in state custody since he was 12, and he is beginning to lose hope that he will find the adoptive family he’s been dreaming of.
The teen isn’t picky. He says the family he wants to be adopted by is simply, “Anyone who will take me.” He added:
“I don’t really care. As long as it’s a family that will show love for me and be there for me.”