We're always amazed to find teenagers who are not giving up on a dream to be adopted. Even though they've been bounced around the system -- sometimes for years --- and even though they're not far from reaching the age of 18. Tonite's Wednesday's Child -- Dexter -- has a great answer:
"Well, like, I don't know, I want a family like a mom and a dad figure, and somebody that'll always be for me there fore be, someone I can trust, love, someone that trusts and loves me also andI just want to know how it really feels to have a real family. You know?"
Dexter is unwavering in his quest for a family. He told us pretty much the same thing back in November when we visited with him at the mini gran prix.
Now, at the Gold Coast Bowling Alley...the hair looks a bit different, but his personality is pretty much the same.
"I like going outside, I'm an outside person. I'll write my bike. I'll go to the park. I always try and meet new friends, and I'm very social, and yeah (smiles)," says Dexter.
Those who know him well, would agree with that.
"I went to visit him at school and he just went around the counselors and the principal and he hugged them and everybody knew his name. So he's very popular with the staff. But he's just a very kind and giving young man. Yes he is very enjoyable," says Constance Holdip, a recruiter for adoptions with the Clark County Division of Family Services.
Dexter loves cars...is good at most sports, and takes his responsibilities seriously.
"Yes I do my chores. (Dave asks: make your bed?) Dexter: uh…smiles…(Dave says): Gotcha there!
They all, when they're in the system they all have special needs, but when they are in a permanent family. And when they get that foundation, and that support they blossom to become who they really are supposed to be and if you can get that. Ever go see great things from him because he already has a personality. He already has the charisma and he already has the desire and if we topple that but that with a strong foundation. I think he'll be very successful," adds Holdip.
Nothing stands between Dexter and adoption. He just needs an interested and committed family.
If that's you, please call the local office of the Adoption Exchange now at 436-6335. They'll get you started in the process.