10-year-old looking to be adopted after being in state care since a toddler

A Place to Call Home
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Preston is quiet when you first meet him, but it doesn't take too long for him to warm up to new people.

Like most 10-year-olds, he likes to watch cartoons and play football. In fact, he hopes to one day become a football player, but he's also a big Oklahoma City Thunder fan.

"He's always wearing Thunder jerseys. Big Russell Westbrook fan," said Michael Danielson, Preston's child welfare worker.

Danielson says Preston is very well-mannered, but would like to have a more normal life. He has been in and out of facilities for several years due to his traumatic past.

When he was just 2-years-old, he was placed in DHS custody. His child welfare specialist, who has been with Preston for more than four years, is the only constant thing in his life.

"They start off with no support and they don't have the ability to learn how to deal with their emotions. And growing up and not having any support, it's really tough on kids. Hard to watch," Danielson said.

Michael Danielson sees the hardships children go through every day at his job, but Preston really stands out to him.

"I have a lot of passion for this kid. I want to see him end up on his feet really well. With some good support, I don't see him having any issues with anybody,” Danielson said.

He says Preston wants a mom and a dad and would be best as an only child.

"He just really wants a family. He wants a mom and a dad. He still asks about his mom and his dad now so he really wants someone he can call mom and dad,” he said.

But what he wants most in a family?

"With people that care about me,” Preston 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.

And you can help foster children this holiday season, by participating in the OK Foster Wishes program, go to www.okfosterwishes.org.

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