13-year-old in foster care for most of his life looks forward to the ‘freedom’ of being someone’s son

Thirteen-year-old Tim from Texas entered the foster care system at the age of 3. He has long been waiting for a family to adopt him — for someone to call him their son.

Tim is a wonderful young man, but he is still in the foster care system 10 years later. The teen recently appeared on KHOU’s Wednesday’s Child, hoping to find a family who will adopt him.

Tim’s caseworker flew him from another part of the state to Dallas to be featured on the program.

Tim, a 13-year-old looking for a family to adopt him

The teen currently lives at a residential treatment center for foster kids. Although he has been in various foster homes, nothing was ever permanent.

Tim guarantees he is well-behaved and that the family who’d adopt him in won’t encounter any problems.

“At home, I am an angel. Perfect,” he described his behavior at the center.

Seven-year-old Tim

The Wednesday’s Child episode showed a photo of Tim when he was seven years old—full of life and his bright blue eyes shining with joy.

Those eyes are still the same stunning blue, but they look more tired nowadays. For years, Tim has moved from placement to placement—a situation that can leave anyone weary.

Like every child in the foster care system, Tim longs for a family to adopt him, to have stability and consistency—a loving home that he can call his own.

Tim admitted he has trouble sleeping at night because of this lack of permanence.

“Kind of like being in a prison without walls. You got runners, but then where you gonna [sic] go if you run? Absolutely nowhere but right back to where you ran from,” he said.

Tim in an interview with WFAA

Tim is searching for a family who will love him and never abandon him. He wants parents that will not only raise him until he’s an adult but those he can call “family” for the rest of his life.

“I know I want a mom and dad at least,” he said.

Tim hopes to find the kind of mother who is kind, caring, and understanding. He knows moms usually worry a lot, and Tim looks forward to finding one who will worry about him, like the mothers he sees on television or from his schoolmates.

“Someone that cares, who’s always worried. I may seem embarrassed sometimes (by her worrying) but she’ll still be wondering if I’m OK. She’ll ask how my day is every time I walk through the door,” he said.

In a father, Tim hopes for someone who can be a good role model—a dad who will throw a ball with him and teach him to be a man.

“If I go outside, he’ll go outside with me. He’ll give me some normalcy,” he said.

Tim spinning a basketball on his finger

Having spent much of his life alone, Tim would also love to have brothers and sisters he can play with. As they grow up, they will be each other’s support system.

“Kind of gets boring playing by yourself. Plus, you can learn from them,” he said.

Tim also wants a family who can fully trust him.

“Freedom. Freedom to go out the door when I want and them not worrying about me coming back or not, because they know they can trust me,” he explained.

If you believe your family can provide Tim with everything he’s looking for, you may send your approved home studies to LaQueena Warren at LaQueena.Warren@dfps.texas.gov. Please remember to mention Tim’s name on the subject line.

If you’re not licensed, you may visit adoptchildren.org or contact LaQueena Warren at 817-304-1272 for information on how to become a licensed foster.

Get to know Tim more in the video below. 

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12 thoughts on “13-year-old in foster care for most of his life looks forward to the ‘freedom’ of being someone’s son”

  1. I tried to adopt Tim, I’m in Canada and I am told I am not allowed which is RIDICUCLOUS. So Sad. I wish i could hug him and love him. :'(


  3. My heart breaks for any child that’s waited ten years to be wanted and loved. What a broken system we have. I wish I was not to old to take him.

  4. I am 71 and live in another country, I would have had him in a heartbeat if I was suitable. In it’s absence, could you let us know how this young man gets on please. I would love to hear when finds a home.

  5. I’m 73, in good health & would love to be his mom, grandma or friend & have him to live with me. I’m certainly not wealthy with money but have lots of love to share!

  6. I am a Wednesday’s child.
    I do not have a husband, but I think he would be a wonderful addition to my family.
    I pray for him to find love & happiness,

  7. The comment below the story is an oxymoron! ***Did you enjoy our feel-good and positive story? You can help support our site by simply SUBSCRIBING and sharing our stories with your friends and family.
    A system that fails a child for 10 years is not a feel good story. Unfortunately I just closed my foster parent license due to lack of support for kids and families and perpetuating trauma on the kids.

  8. My prayers to this young man. I hope he finds the loving family he deserves. It’s so sad to hear that b he’s loved a life in Foster care for so long. I’d love to welcome him into my home……. My heart breaks for him. All he wants is to be loved.

  9. If adoption wasn’t so expensive this young fellows and others would have homes adoption agencies are in the market of selling children instead of finding them loving homes shame on the system

  10. Tim is a beautiful child, breaks my heart he doesn’t have a family. I’d take him in a heartbeat but I’m single and Canadian. Hope he finds a forever home

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