Editors Note: This story has been updated. Haven is not currently avaialble for adoption.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Walking through the halls of the Army National Guard is a dream come true for Haven.
“I’m involved with Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, AKA JROTC,” Haven explained.
This 17-year-old says he dreams of joining the military some day.
“Being a part of something bigger than myself and to serve my country,” he said.
As a group of service members gave Haven a taste of what it’s like to be in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, we learned a little bit more about his situation.
Haven currently lives in a shelter with four other children right now.
“It gets old at times,” he said. “Just being there. Not being able to go out whenever I want.”
Haven doesn’t have his driver’s license yet, but he’s hoping to get his permit soon. He says that would be the first step to becoming a bit more independent.
“I’d probably like to travel the world, but the Army probably helps with that,” he said.
For the time being, Haven is simply concerned about being adopted.
He turns 18-years-old in October, so he’s hoping to find an adoptive family before time runs out.
“So you can have someone to help you, like be there for you if you need help. Not just going into it all blind because that’s how you get into drugs and bad stuff like that,” he said.
Haven has been in DHS custody since he was just 12-years-old, and says he is losing hope that someone will give him guidance into adulthood.
When asked what kind of family he is looking for, Haven said, “Anyone who will take me.”
“I don’t really care. As long as it’s a family that will show love for me and be there for me,” he said.
This teen is looking for a house to become a home, and a family to call his own.
UPDATE: 7.11.19 Currently, Haven is not available for adoption, but there are hundreds of others in the Oklahoma DHS system who are.
“We appreciate the outpouring of support for Haven, but he is not available for adoption at this time. However, there are many other teens just like him who are still searching for their Place to Call Home. Please contact our Foster Care and Adoption Support Center at 1-800-376-9729 to be connected to a recruiter in your area,” said Casey L. White, Oklahoma DHS.
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‘A Place To Call Home’ is sponsored by Great Plains Bank.