Oklahoma teen still has hope even after 12 years of searching for a loving family

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – This Oklahoma teen was one of the first to appear in our “Places to Call Home” series but the right home has yet to appear.

As you can imagine, it was a tough journey through 12 years in DHS custody, but they made it through it all.

Ren is 16 years old and a curious young soul who loves to learn.

So we figured the Oklahoma Science Museum would be the perfect place to find out.

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Ren is full of joy and knowledge. No wonder Ren looks up at the geniuses presented at the museum.

After all, it’s not every day that you meet a 16-year-old who is writing his own book.

“Yes, it’s not much but it will do,” Ren said. “It’s supposed to be an anime book.”

Also, Ren is like most teenagers

“I wake up, eat breakfast, play video games, sleep and eat,” Ren said. “I mostly like buffets. Just go in there and get the ribs.”

Ren hopes that one day that passion will turn into a career.

“Video game designer or working at Subway,” Ren said.

Ren is 9 years old and his name is Josiah the last time we met.

“I am planning to be transgender,” Ren told KFOR in 2021.

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Ren in 2015.

As we catch up almost a decade later, Ren’s heart and dreams of adoption remain unchanged.

“A kind person, with animals,” Ren said.

A teen who hasn’t lost faith in 12 long years of waiting for a place to call home.

Ren has family in Oklahoma and wants to be around them if possible.

Your best bet when it comes to adoption is to go ahead and start the process. It can take a few months to get approved. For all details, contact the DHS hotline at 1-800-376-9729 or visit Online.

Where To Call Home is sponsored by True Sky Credit Union. Oklahoma teen still has hope even after 12 years of searching for a loving family

Dais Johnston

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