RENO, NV (KOLO) Meet Gavin, a 15-year-old boy who maintains a positive attitude despite everything life has thrown at him. At the age of 11, he was adopted by his grandma after spending years in the foster system. Sadly in 2016, she passed away sending Gavin back into foster care, and being an older kid in foster care is less than ideal.
"I mean like I'm 15," he said. "I have 3 more years until I'm 18, so it's pry not going to happen, but who knows?"
Gavin says he wants a family because he sees that as a way to get more responsibility and be treated like a normal teenager.
Eathan O'Bryant is a basketball coach who met Gavin while volunteering at the Kids Kottage.
"Gavin was a little kid that use to come up and play basketball that had a bright glow about him, a positive energy," he said.
That positive energy remains today. Gavin describes himself a good, funny, kind and respectful kid. He does admit he's hard to wake up in the morning, but overall he just wants a family though he has one requirement for parents!
"Not too, like, strict," he said.
According to O'Bryant, whomever chooses to give Gavin an opportunity with be blessed and fortunate. O'Bryant says he wants people to look past Gavin's age and see a kid who needs love.
"The key word is kid,' he said. "You still have someone who is impressionable that you can actually leave your fingerprints on to go out an make an even bigger difference in this world. Just look at a kid that needs an opportunity and that needs love and that needs a great support system and once you do that all of heaven is smiling down on you."
Gavin is available for adoption through the Washoe County Human services agency. To learn more, click here.
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