Forever Families: Ryan hopes for a home for the holidays
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It doesn't take long at all for Ryan to open up and show you his smile. People say his kindness is one of his best personality traits.
"They'd describe me as friendly, helpful, nice," he said.
The 16-year-old is a jack of all trades. He is in the sports medicine program at his high school, and gets to help out the sports teams during the games.
Off the field, he has other interests. He went bowling at Highland Lanes with YNN's Jennifer Borget, where he talked about his other hobbies.
"I like to go bowling. I like to go fishing, and mostly I just like to hang out with friends," Ryan said.
He has big dreams to go to college and become a police officer.
"A regular police officer that goes and patrols the streets, keeps everyone safe," Ryan said.
While Ryan hopes to someday be the guy who helps others for a living, right now, he needs his own family to help him grow.
"A family that's energetic, that likes to be outgoing and go different places," he said.
In teenage years, children in foster care worry about statistics that show many teenagers aging out of foster care without a family.
However, Ryan keeps a smile on his face, and remains hopeful.
"The reason I want to get adopted is so I have a place to call home, and a place to stay with family for the holidays instead of having to transfer to different homes, I'd have that exact one place to stay," he said. "Still pretty optimistic about it, even though I don't worry about it as much, I'm still optimistic about it."
Even though this year is coming to a close, Ryan has hope that his Christmas wish will come true this year -- his wish for a forever family.
"I'd feel relieved so I'd say, 'Man I don't have to move from home to home every single time now,’” he said.