(KPLC) - Middle school can be a tough time for any preteen, a time of transition and growing into a young man or woman. For a sixth grader in foster care, this year has been particularly hard, moving from home to home, and waiting month after month to be adopted.
11-year-old Kendrick can be shy when you first meet him: quiet and observant. But as soon as our conversation shifted to his desire to be adopted, the depth of his emotions came to the surface.
"Not being able to see your mom," is what Kendrick says is the biggest challenge.
Months spent in foster care are not what Kendrick wants, even though he is in a loving, stable home with Wiley Shaw's family.
"He's quiet, but he's well mannered," said Shaw. "He's a very nice young man."
Kendrick knows this placement is temporary. When he explained why he wants to be adopted, his answer is short, but straight to the heart.
"Just so I could be loved," he said.
Unconditional love: that is what Kendrick has told Department of Children & Family Services adoption worker, Lazetter Fontenot, he most wants in a forever family. He hopes for a mom and dad and would be happy to be a big or little brother.
"He does want a family who has a Christian background. A mom that can cook home-cooked meals and a dad who would love to play sports activities with him," said Fontenot.
Kendrick likes basketball, football, and hunting. In the classroom, he likes everything but math, and has a stand-out favorite subject:
"I like social studies because I like to learn about history," he said.
Those close to this young man see his potential to bloom and grow in a home where he can put down roots, becoming the newest addition to someone's New Family Tree.
Kendrick is legally freed to be adopted through the state. In order to adopt through foster care, your home needs to be certified. That process starts with orientation and training classes. Click here to learn more about the requirements.
To learn more about adopting through foster care or to make an inquiry about Kendrick, call 337-491-2470.
Here's a look at the orientation schedule for the next month at the Lake Charles region office, 1919 Kirkman Street in Lake Charles:
*Monday, September 26 at 6:00 P.M.
*Saturday, October 8 at 10:00 A.M.
*Monday, October 17 at 6:00 P.M.