Every Wednesday we have the privilege of meeting children who inspire us to be better people.
They are foster children who are tougher than we could ever be and who have entrusted WFAA to help them find happiness.
We made a promise to the young man you're about to meet that we would do everything possible to help him find his Forever Family.
When asked what he wants more than anything in life right now, 11-year-old Phin did not hesitate. "A family that I can love," he said.
From the moment you meet Phin, you see his kind heart. He is a giver in every way. "I'm very giving and helpful," he said.
At Dave & Busters in Dallas, we had a lot of fun with Phin. We also talked about a lot of things. Some of it was deep.
Most of it was lighthearted, like discussing his favorite school subjects. "[I like] reading, 'cause I like to learn about things, and math, because I want to be an engineer when I grow up," he told us.
Phin wants to be an engineer, and he also wants to grow up playing sports. He's especially good at football. "You got to be able to thrown the ball, catch the ball and tackle other people," he said.
Now to the deep stuff. It's not easy to talk about being in foster care. The subject is painful, but Phin felt safe sharing.
When asked what it's been like for him in foster care, he answered with one word followed by a long pause. "Lonely."
When asked how he picks himself up when he feels sad and lonely, he said he thinks about the good parts of his life before entering foster care.
It takes Phin time to open up to others. He does not respond well to adults who push him to talk about his feelings or push him to show physical affection. He just wants a family who he can open up to in his own time without fear of being judged. "Just a family that I can go places with and being able to talk to without having to make awkward conversation, which makes it feel like it's not my actual family," he said.
Phin has had to be strong to survive and yearns for parents to lean on.
Lucky for him, he has a team of people working hard to get him adopted into a family who will see his kind heart and love him.
You must be licensed to foster or adopt in the state of Texas. If you're already licensed, contact LaQueena Warren with CPS at email@example.com or 817-304-1272 and she will forward your information to Phin's caseworker.
If you are not licensed, contact Warren and she'll help you get the process started.