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Waiting for a Forever Family

By: Leslie Barrett Email
By: Leslie Barrett Email

Updated: 12:45 p.m. 11/10/2010

Almost a year ago we told you about a 15-year-old in foster care who wanted more than anything else- to be with a family. Ryan is now 16 years old and is continuing to wait patiently for a forever home.

Back in January we told you about this easy going teen who plays a mean game of checkers, enjoys exploring the great outdoors, and likes math.

"I'm competitive but I don't care if I win or lose it's just for fun," said Ryan.

Ryan turned 16 this summer and is in the tenth grade.

"With Ryan's age, I mean he does very well in school," said Karissa Loring, a Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter.

"I like math...I like the woods and stuff. I like exploring," he said.

Ryan's interests are the same but now more than ever, he's in need of a forever family.

"I don't care what the family's like, as long as their nice and friendly," said Ryan.

Loring said "you can just tell he's sincere when he says, he doesn't mind. Any family would work as long as they treat him right."

"What would you want to do together?" I asked. "Anything they want to do I'll do it," he replied.

Maybe go out to eat and watch movies together but basically, just be there for one another- only the way a family can.

For more information on Ryan log onto adoptawvchild.org or call 1-866-CALL-MWV.

In Ohio, you can contact your county children's services office.

The number in Washington County is 740-373-3485.

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This ninth grader doesn't care what he does with a family, he just wants to be part of one that will treat him right and always be there for him.

It may have been a winter wonderland outside at North Bend State Park Wednesday, but inside the competition was heating up.

"I'm competitive but I don't care if I win or lose it's just for fun," said Ryan, this month's Wednesday's Child.

At only 15-years-old fifteen years old Ryan is wiser beyond his years.

"He does very well in school," said Karissa Loring, Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter.

Ryan said "I like math," checkers, and the great outdoors.

Ryan didn't have a coat but he wanted to sit outside in the mountain air for the interview.

"I like the woods and I like exploring," said Ryan. But there's something missing in this ninth grader's life.

"I don't care what the family's like, as long as their nice and friendly," said Ryan.

He currently lives in a group home and really wants to be part of a family.

Loring said "You can just tell he's sincere when he says, he doesn't mind. Any family would work as long as they treat him right."

"What would you want to do together?" I asked.
"Anything they want to do I'll do it," he replied.

So for now this easy going teen is just waiting for the right parents to come along and notice the special gifts he could bring to their family.

For more information on Ryan log onto adoptawvchild.org or call 1-866-CALL-MWV.

In Ohio, you can contact your county children's services office.

The number in Washington County is 740-373-3485.


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