OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Yahoo News) — Jeremiah, 10, sees his predicament with wisdom and clarity beyond his years: Time is running out for him to be adopted, and if a family doesn’t come along soon, he may never leave the group home where he says some of the other kids have beat him up.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services took custody of Jeremiah three years ago, and though he’s years away from aging out of the foster care system, worry that he’ll simply live out his childhood in the group home weighs heavy on the boy.
“I want to be adopted because I get beat up in my group home,” he told television station KFOR for its “A Place to Call Home” series.
“By the time I’m 18, I might not be adopted by then and I don’t want that to happen to me,” Jeremiah said. “And I don’t want to be in a group home until I’m 18.”