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Children Search For Forever Families

OKEMOS, Mich. (WLNS) -- For more than 3,000 children and teenagers across Michigan, foster care is what they call home. 

In honor of National Adoption Month, Sunday St. Vincent Catholic Charities hosted its annual Adoption Artwork Exhibit and focused on nine foster teens, ages 13 to 17, who continue to look for their forever families.

"These are the strongest individuals I have ever met. Some of the things they have went through in their life, I don't know if I could be just as strong as them," said Whitney Banks, the adoption recruiter at St. Vincent Catholic Charities.

Tre'vone's Story

The mention of a loving family brightens up Tre'vone's face. The 15-year-old has spent nearly a decade in foster care and doesn't know where his parents are.

 

"I didn't know my dad since I was four. I just stayed with my mom," Tre'vone said. "I've got two brothers and one sister. I don't know where they are."

Sunday, Tre'vone stood proud, remembering his roots and facing the future he hopes to spend with a family of his own. 

"When you sit down and you talk to young individuals, like Tre'vone, his heart's in the right place and he's so passionate about the things that he loves and I really think he would be a great addition to any family," said Tamra Johnson, the community relations and marketing director at St. Vincent Catholic Charities.

Tre'vone may be tough, but he has a compassionate soul. The teen paints his artwork pink to remind him of family. For fun, Tre'vone plays team sports, like football and basketball, and holds a special place in his heart for animals.

"I've been in foster homes a lot and I just want a family so I can take care of family and they can take care of me," he said. 

Tre'vone hopes to attend the University of Michigan and, one day, become a police officer, so he can support and protect a forever family he hopes, one day, will support and protect him.

For more information on adoption, or foster care, contact St. Vincent Catholic Charities.

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