Tampa, Florida - Every year about 24,000 teens across the country celebrate their 18th birthday while aging out of foster care.
They head out into the world by themselves to find a job and a place to live even though many of them are still in high school.
10 News caught up with 16 year old William taking part in some practice drills thanks to Mike Gregory, the head football coach at Tampa Catholic High School.
School leaders say their school is steeped in the tradition of faith, excellence and family. Family is something William is eager for. He's tired of riding the bench and being on the sidelines. He wants a forever family to cheer him on.
William is in high school and knows there will be a lot of memorable moments to share with them. He says, "I'd really like that. That's the type of family I'd like - someone who's always there."
William loves football, action movies, and cooking. He's respectful, independent and a hard worker with a plan for his life. He says, "After high school I'm going to join the military - going to the Marines - going to go to college."
William dreams of playing football for the Florida State Seminoles. He's already challenging himself in the classroom too. He has a love of science and has taken a class on how to speak German. When asked why he said with a big smile on his face, "Because someone told me it was going to be easier than Spanish. It wasn't easier."
William would love to try out his second language on his forever family. To learn more about him please call Connie Going at 727 456 0600 extension 2018.
Tammie Fields, 10 News