ALBRIGHTSVILLE, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Eric is 19-years-old and knows there are younger kids out there also looking for their forever family. But in this month’s ‘A Little Love,’ he’s asking for a future family to give him a shot.
“I always said that when I hit 15 I was going to find a family… and I never did,” says Eric. “Growing up and seeing little kids get taken and get adopted and everything, it was kind of hard for me because I knew that it wouldn’t happen as fast as I wanted to.”
It’s been a frustrating few years for Eric. He’s a young man with so many hobbies and talents who is looking to share those with a family to call his own.
“[I just want] a family that actually cares about me and thinks ‘oh this is a really talented kid,'” says Eric.
Those talents range from drawing to cooking. But he especially loves paintball. And that’s why he’s challenging Eyewitness News morning anchor Chris Langlois to a few matches at Skirmish Paintball in Albrightsville.
After our safety briefing, we prepare the gear by filling up the hoppers with paintballs.
Eric and Chris team up in this two-on-two match.
They make their way into ‘the castle,’ the largest of the several maps at Skirmish Paintball. Working together over a few different matches, things get intense. All in all, they make a pretty good team!
But Eric’s perfect team is one with a mother and father by his side — parents that see him not for his age, but for the way he completes their family. Eric knows what that would feel like.
“Really excited and really heart warming that I actually found a family,” says Eric.
If you would like to learn more about Eric, or any of the other children looking for permanency, you can contact the Statewide adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) by calling 1-800-585-7926. Or you can visit their website.
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