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15-year-old Omario – a BMX biker, outdoor enthusiast and dog lover – hopes to be adopted soon

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Posted at 8:10 AM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 11:30:41-04

Whipping around on dirt race tracks on two wheels is something 15-year-old Omario is pretty skilled at doing.
The tenth grader who is currently in foster care is hoping future adoptive parents will be sports fans, too.

“I play a lot of sports - football, basketball, tennis, volleyball,” said Omario. “I want to actually go to the NBA, but if that don't work, I really haven't established what I want to do. The college I want to go to is Michigan State.”

His favorite subject in school is math.

He’s a hard worker who spent the summer mowing people’s lawns.

In his down time, he stays really active.

“I basically be outside like, the whole day, like after school. I ride my BMX bike around. I'm a BMXer, too,” said Omario. “I tried it for the first time and I got first place my first time."

A friend of his helped him build his bike.

“It was a Mongoose, but it was basically, I took basically everything off. I got a new frame for it, and I spent like, $600 on it. Well, and then someone stole it,” he said softly.

What would really lift his spirits is to find an adoptive family.

“I want a mom, but a mom and dad would be cool. I'd like to have a sister, but if I don't have a sister, I love to have a brother. Older than me or younger than me. I also wanna live somewhere in Grand Rapids, but in the city. I would like a family that will let me stay in contact with a lot of my younger siblings and older siblings,” he said.

“When a teenager is getting adopted, I feel like it would be good for them to, like, have another chance with a family instead of just staying in a place that they really don't have nothing going for him,” he explained.

If you’d like to learn more about Omario, click here.

If you’d like to adopt Omario, call the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at (800)589-6273.

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