13-year-old in foster care for most of his life looks forward to the ‘freedom’ of being someone’s son

Tim, a Texas teenager, entered foster care at the age 3 He has long been waiting for a family to adopt him — for someone to call him their son.

Tim is a great young man. However, he is still in foster care 10 years later. The teen recently appeared on KHOU’s Wednesday’s Child, hoping to find a family who will adopt him.

Tim’s caseworker flew him from another part of the state to Dallas to be featured on the program.


The teen is currently in a residential treatment center for foster children. Although he was in different foster homes, nothing was ever permanent.

Tim guarantees he is well-behaved and that the family who’d adopt him in won’t encounter any problems.

“At home, I am an angel. Perfect,” he described his behavior at the center.

Seven-year-old Tim

The Wednesday’s Child episode showed a photo of Tim when he was seven years old—full of life and his bright blue eyes shining with joy.

They look older, but those eyes still have the same amazing blue. For years, Tim has moved from placement to placement—a situation that can leave anyone weary.

Like every child in the foster care system, Tim longs for a family to adopt him, to have stability and consistency—a loving home that he can call his own.

Tim acknowledged that he has difficulty sleeping at night due to this lack of permanence.

“Kind of like being in a prison without walls. You can run, but where are you going to? [sic] go if you run? Absolutely nowhere but right back to where you ran from,” he said.

Tim in an interview with WFAA

Tim is looking for a family that will love him and never leave him. He wants parents that will not only raise him until he’s an adult but those he can call “family” for the rest of his life.

“I know I want a mom and dad at least,” he said.

Tim hopes to find a mother who is caring, understanding, and kind. Tim is well aware that mothers worry a lot. He hopes to find a mother who will care about him like the mothers he sees in television and his schoolmates.

“Someone that cares, who’s always worried. I may seem embarrassed sometimes (by her worrying) but she’ll still be wondering if I’m OK. She’ll ask how my day is every time I walk through the door,” he said.

In a father, Tim hopes for someone who can be a good role model—a dad who will throw a ball with him and teach him to be a man.

“If I go outside, he’ll go outside with me. He’ll give me some normalcy,” he said.

Tim spinning a basketball on his finger

Tim, who has lived most of his life by himself, would love to have siblings and brothers to play with. As they grow up, they will be each other’s support system.

“Kind of gets boring playing by yourself. Plus, you can learn from them,” he said.

Tim also desires a family that can trust him completely.

“Freedom. Freedom to go out the door when I want and them not worrying about me coming back or not, because they know they can trust me,” he explained.

If you believe your family can provide Tim with everything he’s looking for, you may send your approved home studies to LaQueena Warren at LaQueena.Warren@dfps.texas.gov. Please remember to mention Tim’s name on the subject line.

If you’re not licensed, you may visit adoptchildren.org or contact LaQueena Warren at 817-304-1272 for information on how to become a licensed foster.

Watch the video to learn more about Tim. 

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