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Wednesday’s Child Tyler: ‘I Have Faith’

MIDVALE, Utah – Life can be an adventure, the excitement of waiting to see what’s behind the next door.

But life can also be a labyrinth, an endless maze with infinite choices, the end of each path shrouded in mystery.

“When you’re getting taken away from your family, it’s hard,” said Tyler, a 15-year-old living in the Utah Foster Care system.

He’s been in foster care for so long, he’s lost track. He thinks it may have been six years, but he’s not entirely sure.

He spent the afternoon running up and down corridors at Laser Quest, but this isn’t Tyler’s first time being featured on Wednesday’s Child. Two years ago, he was featured in a segment at a Salt Lake City fire station.

“I pray to my heavenly father and ask him to try to find me a family,” Tyler said back in 2016.

He’s spent two years praying and waiting — so far, no luck.

“No one beats you in life,” Tyler said of his outlook. “No one beats you at things in life.”

The past two years have been tough. Tyler says he’s even run away from one home.

“If you’re not happy at that house, don’t run away,” he said.

He’s been lost in the system for so long that he’s been forced to look for other alternatives.

“I don’t need a family right now, but I want a family,” Tyler said. “The family I have right now is the state.”

But the state doesn’t help you with your homework. It doesn’t go to your football games, and it can’t sit with you on the couch and help you make the right choices.

“I’m just trying to live my life… and be happy,” Tyler said.

And although his hope is waning, he’s still holding on.

“I don’t give up on anything, honestly,” Tyler said. “I’m not going to give up on anything. I have faith.”

He has faith that maybe someone is out there — someone who can help him find his way out of this maze.

“Sadness might bring me down but that doesn’t do anything,” Tyler said. “You just need to try to focus on the happy.”

To learn more about Tyler or the many other children living in the Utah Foster Care system, contact the Utah Office of The Utah Adoption Exchange at 801-265-0444.

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