Oklahoma teen wants “real parents that I can call mom or dad”

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OKLAHOMA - James is an avid basketball player who is looking for a place to call home.

The 14-year-old has a wide range of hobbies.

"I like football," he said. "It makes me happy."

When he is not playing sports, he is collecting shoes and riding horses.

"I like riding horses and doing trails and barrel racing," James said.

He says he learned horsemanship at his foster home.

"Every  year at the ranch, we have a rodeo and we go down there and practice for it."

It's a skill that goes well with his easy going personality.

"I like riding the horses, and I like interacting with the animals," James said.

James says he is looking forward to a time when he has a place to call a home.

"So I don't have to worry about bouncing around everywhere, and so I can actually have real parents that I can call mom or dad, instead of foster mom or foster dad."

James says it creates awkward moments with his friends at school.

"Like, if I talk to my friends and some of them don't know I'm in foster care, so they'll be like, 'How's your mom?' And, I'll be like, 'My foster mom's doing good,'" James said.

More than any basketball shot, touchdown or fast run in barrel racing, James wants a family to treat him like one of their own.

"The same as their other kids are treated."

If you want to adopt James call 405-767-2955.

Click here for more information on adopting a child.