Many children from across Connecticut are waiting and hoping for a loving family to call their own.
To learn more about adoption process contact the Department of Children and Families on the web or call 1-800-842-6348.
Updated: Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, 7:03 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, 7:03 PM EST
Hartford, Conn (WTNH) - This week's Wednesday's Child is a 14-year-old boy with both big goals and small goals. His small goal is to one day run his own restaurant, and rule the culinary world. His big goal is to find a family, and a place to call home.
Raymond's not looking for a family with a commercial kitchen, but if you have one, this budding chef is going to spend a lot of time in there.
We met up with him at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Hartford, where Chef Jason Bentley volunteered to show Raymond how to make a pizza from scratch.
And it turns out, cooking is just one of his hobbies.
"He's a talented artist, he's a good student, he's really into creative arts activities, he actually does pottery work, he does knitting, which is an unusual hobby for a 14-year-old boy, but something he's learned along the way," DCF Social Worker Sarah Lucia said.
He likes to bake too, but Raymond's also into things typical of boys his age.
"I like to play sports. My favorite sport is baseball," Raymond said.
His social worker says he's willing to try almost anything. Obviously Raymond has a lot going for him, but what he still needs is a permanent family, ideally one with an older brother. Someone to be a mentor and a role model.
Raymond already knows what kind of family he'd like to find.
"A family that does a lot of stuff. One that spends most of their time together, instead of apart," he said.
And at this stage of life, it's critical that he finds one.
"A forever family will let him know that he isn't going to have to move again, change schools, meet new friends, just give him the opportunity to know that he is going to be with a family, spend holidays, vacations," Lucia said.
If you're interested in adopting Raymond, or learning more about becoming a foster parent, please call 800-842-6348.