Finding Alex his Forever Home

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As FOX 17 continues its Forever Home series we would like to introduce you to 12-year-old Alex, a caring boy ready to help others.

Living in the state’s foster care system for several years, Alex’s positive spirit was never broken. Now a sixth grader, he is hopeful a loving family will adopt him.

Tuesday, Alex mapped our hike, quickly checking animals and plants off of our scavenger hunt list at the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve.

Pointing out birds and animal tracks, Alex is eager to learn and showed us his real love for animals.

In fact, when telling FOX 17 his ultimate wish list for an adoptive family, Alex said he would love to have siblings and “animals, lots of animals.”

When we asked him what it would mean to have a family of his own, Alex immediately looked up and said, “It’d mean a lot.”

Living in a group foster home, Alex said he is always hoping to be adopted. Now in the sixth grade he said he loves school, especially writing and science.

“In ELA we’ll write and I love writing,” said Alex.

“In science we get to do a lot of fun things: sometimes we’ll look stuff up, or we’ll do a craft, and I love crafts.”

One day he wants to become a scientist or veterinarian, maybe even a designer. His hobbies, like painting, making crafts, or collecting things, brought us right back to his love of animals.

“I like to collect beanie babies, I love them!” he said.  “I have one in my worker’s car right now, he’s a dog, his name is Frisbee. He has my eyes, his eyes are blue,”

Alex also said he loves to give back and help other people who need it most.

“I like to do stuff to help people, like jobs I’ll just do, I don’t need to be paid, I’ll just do it,” said Alex.

“I like to work: I like to do lawns, I like to clean. I’m really organized. I like to walk animals,” said Alex.

Now Alex hopes a loving family will adopt him. If you would like to adopt Alex, or learn more about him and the process, please call his adoption agency Orchards Children’s Services at: 1 (855) 694-7301.


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