For the past four years of his life, 15-year-old Ja'Quavious has been in foster care.
"It's been rough," he said. "But at the same time, I'm learning so when I grow up and I have a family, I don't want them to have the same life that I have. I want it to be better."
The young man is intelligent and has big aspirations. He excels at basketball and football.
"My main future goal is to go professional in the sport I love, football," he said.
With a good head on his shoulders, Ja'quavious does well in school and has many friends.
"I'm funny, very active. I don't get tired very easy," he said. "I'm just a good guy all around."
A good guy with a good appetite and a killer smile –– especially when he talks about his favorite food.
"I like Seafood," he says with a huge smile on his face.
Ja'quavious needs a strong support system, starting with a mother who won't give up on him. That's been tough for the teenager.
"Just knowing that my mom isn't there to support me all the time," he says.
As he prepares to go into 11th grade, Ja'quavious thinks about his future family and breaking the cycle of neglect and abuse.
"I want to have a happy ending and not have to struggle and I want my kids to say they want to be like me. I want to set a good example," he says, tears rolling down his face.
Ja'quavious has a tender heart. He's full of love for a new family.
"I don't want to be known as just a foster kid," he said. "I want to be in a house where I could call it my home."