LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Tonight, a 16 year old boy remains optimistic, and through our partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, we share his story.
His name is Travis. He's 16-years old and in the 10th grade.
"I wanna be adopted," he says.
For Travis, it's pretty simple.
"I'm in a group home with eight people," Travis describes.
All he wants is a family to call his own. We'll explain that in a moment, because this day at HobbyTown U.S.A.,we have a big surprise.
Travis loves anything electronic. When manager Roger Ellenburg found out that Travis has been without a forever home since the age of 5, he did this
"Travis," says Ellenburg, "We'd like to present you with your own RCP. This one's yours."
Ellenburg gave Travis his own remote controlled car.
Travis, by nature shy and soft spoken, is overwhelmed.
"I would say thank you, and I hope I get to come here again," Travis says.
Travis is entranced by his new toy, reversing, doing circles, and testing out how fast it goes. He forgets for a short time the reason we're here: to talk about finding a family.
"It's kinda hard," he says, "going from one place to another. I get used to somebody, they move me, I get used to somebody else, they move me."
Travis tells me he knows he may well age out of the system in two years. But hopes someone, somewhere, will see him, want him, and bring him home. Until that happens, all focus is here, on his new toy and a special afternoon he will not soon forget.
If you want more information on Travis or any of the children up for adoption in state foster care, click on the Arkansas Department of Human Services adoption website.
Special thanks toHobbyTown U.S.A. for surprising Travis and letting him spend the afternoon there.