“I’d be grateful,” Oklahoma teen desperate to find a family before he turns 18

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OKLAHOMA CITY - When Michael isn't playing tennis, he has a game controller in his hand.

This 16-year-old is described by caretakers as active, compassionate, easygoing and friendly.

His birthday is in October, but he is ready to take another step toward being an adult as soon as possible.

"I'm hoping I can get a job before I turn 18,” Michael said. "I would like to work at a fast food restaurant or a store."

In the meantime, he's playing tennis, football, baseball, volleyball and basketball in school.

The sophomore says his favorite subject is math, and he just finished the school year learning about finance.

However, he has a different type of career path in mind.

"Be in the law enforcement or be in the military. I just want to help people,” Michael said."Cuz stuff I've experienced, I think I can help others make their life better."

Michael's past is a difficult one.

He was taken away from his biological parents when he was 4-years-old and stayed with friends and family members until another tragedy turned his life upside down.

"He passed away and so did my mom,” Michael said.

Michael was just 13 at the time, enduring a loss no young person should ever have to go through.

"That was pretty hard. Nobody is ready to experience that, but it's life. Everybody dies," Michael said.

He says friends and other family members helped him get through the difficult times.

While being in foster care, he says he has thought about what he wants in a future family.

"I would like to be the second oldest," adding that he would like brothers and sisters.

He also says four-legged family members would be a nice addition.

"I like animals. Dogs, cats, horses, mostly anything except snakes and spiders,” Michael said.

He is even willing to make a promise to a family who will adopt him.

"I'd be grateful and I'll help when I get a job to pay them back for taking care of me until I turn 18," he said.

If you want to adopt Michael, call (405) 767-2955.

Visit http://www.okdhs.org/ for more information on adopting a child.