OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Autumn is not afraid of good-old fashioned hard work on the ranch.
While she dreams of a life with horses, first she’s hoping to find a place to call home before she ages out of DHS custody.
In fact, she says she’d do anything just to have a place to lay her head at night.
At Peppers Ranch in Guthrie, we learned the barn is Autumn’s happy place.
“Animals, nature in general – it speaks to me in a way that makes life make sense,” she told News 4.
She got to work quick – helping a gelding named Debo shed his winter coat.
“I’ve tended to a few horses,” Autumn said.
It had been two years since Autumn had swung a leg over a horse but with a bit of patience – soon she and Debo were ready to giddy up and go.
Patience is a virtue Autumn has learned the hard way – searching for a forever family for the last 8 years
“It feels like my whole life,” she said.
But now – she’s facing the reality that she may turn 18 without finding a place to call home.
“I just want someone for the next 9 months and two weeks of my life,” Autumn said. “You don’t even have to like me, just give me a place to sleep.”
She says she’s grown up a lot recently.
“I have become a new person – that I like,” said Autumn.
Struggles in her quest for adoption have spurred that change.
“If I had a family, I wouldn’t let them down again, like I did in the past,” she said.
A girl not afraid to put in the work – to find a place to call home.
“As long as you’re there for me, as long as you support me, as long as you understand me, I’m willing – city, country, I don’t care,” said Autumn.
Your best shot at adopting a child is to go ahead and get the process started. It can take a few months to get approved. For all of the details contact the DHS hotline at 1-800-376-9729 or visit online.
A Place to Call Home is sponsored by True Sky Credit Union.