Justin: 30 days of hope

There are more than 700 children available for adoption in Virginia. They are ready to find a lasting and loving family forever. In 30 Days of Hope, 10 News portrays a child who needs a home between the hours of 6am and 5pm every day. The children are of all ages and races and were placed in foster families through no fault of their own. 2022 is the sixth year that 10 News is doing this series.

Justin loves playing Magic the Gathering and Pokemon.

We asked what do you want people to know about you?

“That I’m funny. I’m trying to be trustworthy, to be trustworthy. I am not a mischievous child. I used to be, but I’m not a mischief kid. I really want to have fun and have a family that really loves me and takes care of me,” said the 15-year-old.

This family would include brothers, sisters, animals, a father and a mother if he could choose.

“Maybe going on trips, maybe playing Magic the Gathering and talking to them. Go outside and if it’s fall maybe rake the leaves or drive and take a vacation or something to keep me busy.”

We played Uno together and had a lot of fun laughing. The 15-year-old likes hip-hop music, gets A’s and B’s in school and likes math.

“I like math problems like division without remainder or multiplication. Stuff like that,” he said.

He likes: “Hang out with friends, play basketball, play soccer. Walk around, listen to music.”

“Justin is a good boy. He deserves it very much, he wants very much to have a family to call his own. He’s excelling at school and he’s had some, he’s had a difficult past but he’s grown from it and is very capable of being a big part of someone’s family,” said Cat Dennis, who has known him as Family for four years Services Specialist knows for Bedford County. “It’s definitely heartbreaking. However, I have seen it grow. I saw him laugh with him, experience some joys and have a lot of fun. But ideally, I would like to see and experience that fun in a home, in a family home.”

She says a two-parent family would be best for the teenager.

“One with some land. He loves being outside. He loves pets. Ideally, he would love a snake. I’m not entirely sure, but he would love a snake. He’s good with animals and really empathetic,” said Dennis.

“Justin is a hard working person. He is very caring and likes to look for the fun side of things. Family is very important to him. He has missed his family for a very long time and is in the phase of life where he is really looking for them. He’s got a pretty big hole to fill,” said Jim McGee, Justin’s therapist, who describes the teen as fun, smart, hardworking and a great problem solver.

“He can do a lot with support and he wants goals for himself and to be able to get things done, but doesn’t always have the belief in himself to do it on his own,” McGee said.

Dennis said she also gets to see Justin camping, hiking, and playing on a football or basketball team.

If you have questions about Justin or foster care/adoption, contact the VDSS Division of Family Services Adoption Recruitment Coordinator at [email protected].

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