There are more than 500 children here in our state in need of a forever family. Many of them are older children, like 12-year-old Justin. And like Justin, most have already experienced heartbreak and loss.
At just five years of age, Justin's biological mother pulled her car up to a gas station and told her son to get out. Justin never saw her again.
"My real mom, they never wanted me and I never want them because they gave me away," says Justin.
Since then, he's moved from foster home to foster home without ever finding a true home. He was once almost adopted, but again he was given up.
With all this tragedy in his life, Justin has a somber and heartbreaking understanding of all he has faced. The pain he feels on a daily basis is clear in his words.
"I feel like I just want to go outside and throw myself up against something and just give up life," Justin says.
Facing his teen years without a mom and dad to love, comfort and aid him is a real possibility for Justin. However his requirements for parents are simple.
"Loving caring people who won't ever give me up even if I was just a little disobediant at time or got angry."
If you'd like to find out more about Justin or the hundreds of other children up for adoption in Arkansas, visit our featured section for everything you need to know.
There is no cost associated with adopting children in the foster care system.