OKLAHOMA CITY - While most children love celebrating their birthday, it was a bittersweet occasion for Manny this year.
He turned 13 years old in November, but it was a somber day since it was the same day as his father's funeral.
Now, he is hoping to move forward and find a permanent home.
"I've been stuck in places all my life that I don't want to be, and they make me upset," he said.
Manny has been in DHS custody since he was just 5 years old but wants something more for his life. He said he would love to go to public school and be with parents who can support him.
"Maybe a mom and a dad that can support me and be there for me all the time,” Manny said.
Manny hasn't been able to get involved in many clubs or hobbies. He said it's difficult since he stays in a group home but he finds an inner peace through Christian music. It’s something he was introduced to at his former foster home.
"Ever since I lived with my old foster dad, he's inspired me to be a Christian," he said.
Visit www.okdhs.org for more information on adopting a child or call 405-767-2955.
'A Place to Call Home' is sponsored by NBC Oklahoma.