Shaylon, a 13-year-old North Carolina resident, wants to be adopted into a forever home after living in foster care.
According to WXII12, the young boy said he is frustrated with having to deal with “moving from home to home” and that “it gets aggravating.”
The teenager, who folks describe as well-behaved and polite, is a brother to two younger sisters he said he used to help take care of.
Although Shaylon has struggled through the ups and downs of life in foster care, he still enjoys life’s simple pleasures, such as painting in a ceramics studio, which he said is his favorite pastime.
13 year old Shaylon is very well mannered and sweet. He said adoption means a family will continually take care of him and keep him safe
— Black Man’s Haven (@BlackMansHaven_) November 27, 2021
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“I like to paint; it kind of soothes me; it’s calming,” the young teen said to the reporter as he painted a dragon porcelain figure.
He then was asked what his goal is, to which he said he hopes to have a forever family where “Everything is nice, they clean up a lot, and I help them, and they go out and do stuff.”
When asked to describe himself in three words, Shaylon quickly said, “I’m funny, active and smart.”
Shaylon is also into sports, with football being his favorite he said, “I like changing different types of sports, and I always liked baseball when I was a kid.”
He also expressed that it’s imperative to him to stay in contact with his two little sisters.
While no information has been shared into the teenager’s past, his plea speaks volumes.
According to the adoption agency’s website, Shaylon said that adoption to him means that he will be safe and taken care of along with his sisters.
Shaylon said, “I want a family who is funny and likes to do a lot of things like putt-putt golf, fishing, going to the park, or just riding around in the car. I want nice parents who want to spend time as a family and give me my space. I don’t like it when people argue or when the house is dirty. I like attending church every week. I would prefer a black or white family. When I’m upset, I like to be alone until I calm down then talk about it. Staying in contact and being able to see my siblings is important. Adoption means someone who will take care of me and keep me safe.”
Lifelong Adoptions reported that 500,000 children are adopted every year in the United States and that 37 percent of those are foster care adoptions. Within that, Black children make up only 16 percent.