An Oklahoma teenager who hopes to one day to join the military has one other big wish — to have a family to call his own before his 18th birthday.

The 17-year-old boy called Haven has been in foster care since he was 12-years-old  and currently lives in a shelter with four other children. He turns 18 in October and will soon age out of foster care. By then, he’s hoping to find an adoptive family and have parents to help guide him through life.

According to KFOR, the teen said: “I’m involved with Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, AKA JROTC. ” Haven hopes to join the military someday and when asked the reasons why he replies, “Being a part of something bigger than myself and to serve my country.”

He also wants a place to call home and a family.

Because of his interest in one day joining the military, Haven was touring the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s facility and learning more about what it’s like to join the service.

As he made the rounds, he told KFOR: “So you can have someone to help you, like be there for you if you need help. Not just going into it all blind because that’s how you get into drugs and bad stuff like that.”

When asked what kind of people he hoped would adopt him, Haven said, “Anyone that would take me. I don’t really care. As long as it’s a family that will show love for me and be there for me.”

Of the five years living at the shelter, he says, “It gets old at times. Just being there. Not being able to go out whenever I want.” He wants to get his driver’s license soon and see the world. “I’d probably like to travel the world, but the Army probably helps with that,” he said.

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