GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series, it’s important to remember that on their eighteenth birthday, teens in Michigan foster care “age out” of the system, meaning they will never have a family of their own. Also, adoption through the state is completely free.
This week we introduce you to Tim, who just turned 15-years-old. Right off the bat you learn Tim is a sweet-natured, curious teenager.
He loves the outdoors, so we spent the morning at Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, where we walked on trails and saw all kinds of Michigan animals: all things that Tim said he would love to share with a family one day.
As soon as we hit the trails, Tim was enamored with different kinds of animals and learning their stories of recovery, from the owls to the mountain.
A high school junior this year, Tim is an outdoors kind of guy.
“[I like] swimming, bike riding, walking on trails like I did today,” said Tim. “I like music, it helps me calm down and keeps me focused.”
In school, Tim is just as interested, especially in history, math, and experiments in science class.
“I’m a really good kid, and I’m smart and intelligent,” said Tim. “From one of my last school years I got an A+ for history, science I got a B+, then English I got a C+.”
For the past five years, Tim has lived in foster homes and now a group placement, and shares that it has been tough. Now he is focused on his hope of finding a loving family.
“[I want] a family that cares,” said Tim. “I would say a family that has nice children, hopefully get into an adoption, and get to know them really good, and at least having pets.”
Tim hopes his family can help him give back, and fulfill his goal of joining the U.S. Army, police force, or becoming a firefighter.
“So I can save people and make sure they’re alright, make sure the community is doing what they’re supposed to,” said Tim.
But until then, Tim said his number one hope is being adopted.
“[I just want to] enjoy my life with them, have a peaceful life with them, and just have fun,” said Tim.
Just like any teen, Tim needs needs a family and parents to support him.
If you or any family are interested in learning more about Tim, or have questions about what it takes to adopt him, call Orchards Children’s Services at 1 (855) 694-7301.