Tristan: 30 Days of Hope

16-year old very good with technology, likes learning how it works

By Jenna Zibton - Anchor

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. - "I'm very passionate, very independent and I'm smart," said Tristan.

Tristan is very good with technology and likes learning how it works.

"I've fixed computers, phones, radios things like that," he said.

"He is very intelligent, he is very fun to be around, he has a lot of interest and enjoys learning about the world and those things around him," said Julie Vance, an adoption specialist who says the 16-year old is wise beyond his years and you forget you're talking to a teen.

"I like to go to movies, I like to go bowling, I like to do activities outside," said Tristan. "Probably my favorite thing is fishing or something on the water. It's just a really cool experience when you catch something. I throw it back usually but it's a really cool feeling when you catch something and you set out here for an hour and a half just waiting for something to come along."

He's already had several part time jobs and likes saving money. Tristan is already thinking about his future.

"I always wanted to do something with the military. I didn't know what I wanted to do and then I saw this thing for the Air Force intelligence officer and I thought that would be very interesting. I researched it and that's what I'm hopefully going to college for," said Tristan.

"He's had that goal for quite a while. He's focused at least in that area for a long while so I feel like it's a true calling for him and I have no doubt he's going to achieve that one day," said Vance.

The teen has already gone to nine different high schools because he's had to move so much in foster care but isn't asking for a lot in a family.

"Somebody who can still get out and do things, somebody who cares and is not in it for the money, somebody who can take care of me and be a support for me when I'm out of the house," said Tristan.

He loves going to church and wants to go to Liberty University because he likes the Christian atmosphere.

If you are interested in adoption, contact Connecting Hearts at 804-308-5946, mbolton@connectingheartsva.org or online by clicking here.

There are more than 800 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. Connecting Hearts- A Deborah J Johnston Charity  celebrates National Adoption Month to bring awareness to 30 kids or siblings who are available for forever homes, but also to shed light on hundreds of other children who may not be seen. The children are all ages and races and were put into foster care due to no fault of their own. To learn more about becoming a foster to adoption parent click here.

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