Elyas: 30 Days of Hope

Hoping for an adoptive family who is loving and has his back

There are more than 700 children who are ready for foster to adoption in Virginia. They are ready to find a permanent and loving forever family. 10 News is profiling one child who needs a home every day at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in 30 Days of Hope. The children are all ages and races and were put into foster care due to no fault of their own. 2020 marks the fourth year 10 News is doing this series.

Elyas is truly resourceful, smart, funny and resilient. He has come through many challenges, and is hoping for a family who is loving and has his back; a place where he feels safe and heard.

“I like playing football and basketball. hanging out with friends. I want a family and I want a normal life, job. I don’t want any surprises or anything bad to happen. I just want a normal, regular life,” said the 16-year-old who added family shouldn’t let you down. “Family is anybody that doesn’t stab you in the back. That you can trust 24/7. That you can call when you’re sleeping at 1:00 in the morning. That’s family to me.”

The teen is full of energy but also enjoys the quiet space and time that fishing allows and long bike rides. He enjoys spending time with family camping, going to the beach, playing board games, and listening to music.

Elyas has a heart to serve and has ideas for how to do that at home and in the community.

He likes to travel but is also very content to hang out at home or with his friends.

He is still close with his biological brother and wants to keep that relationship strong even in his new family.

You can see more of Elyas’ video here.

If you have questions about Elyas or foster care/adoption, contact DePaul Community Resources here.

About the Author:

You can see Jenna weekday mornings at the anchor desk on WSLS 10 Today from 5-7 a.m. She also leads our monthly Solutionaries Series, where we highlight the creative thinkers and doers working to make the world a better place.