LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - For a decade now, 16-year-old David has hoped and prayed a family would take him in, but he's had no such luck. Even through all the disappointment and heartbreak of losing his own family and never finding another, he refuses to give up hope.
David loves cheeseburgers, so the owners at Big Orange treated him to a feast of burgers, shakes, and everything in between, and it was pure heaven for this all-American teen.
"You can just build your own burger," co-owner Scott McGehee explained to David.
"So you love football, cheeseburgers, and Arkansas football?" asked THV 11 anchor Dawn Scott.
"Well I didn't like it too much last season," he laughed.
A mouth-watering cheeseburger is a welcome distraction from the ten years David has spent moving from one foster facility to another.
"I can't really compare it to anything else because that's all I've really been into, so I guess it's really normal for me," David explained.
Normal is tough to define for him. Taken by DHS at age 6, David and his brother survived multiple foster homes. His brother was adopted, but David wasn't. Still, he chooses not to focus on the negative.
"If I choose to look on those things, what hope would I have?" David added. "I mean if I always go around being negative and feeling really bad for myself? So, I choose to look at things from a different perspective than other people."
It's that attitude that keeps David hopeful that a family will adopt him and give him a forever home. Until that happens, he savors every moment and holds tight to his dreams.
"I'm still gonna pursue my dream of being a doctor. I'm going to try my best. It will be a little bit harder, but yeah. I mean, I made it this far."
Special thanks to Big Orange for treating David.
You may have noticed, he seemed a bit uncomfortable. David told THV11's Dawn Scott that never in his life had he been treated, in his words, "like such a king" at a restaurant.
Click on the Arkansas Department of Human Services adoption website for more information about David or any of the children up for adoption in state foster care.
There are no costs associated with adopting a child in state care.