Wednesday’s Child: Teen Hopes To Find Family Before 18th Birthday

Jan 16, 2019, 8:11 PM | Updated: 8:59 pm

MURRAY, Utah – A major part of doing the Wednesday’s Child segments for KSL is helping the child feel comfortable. Khoel loves to work on cars and so we was invited to help out at a local car dealership in their repairs department.

The sights and sounds of automobile repair, at Larry H. Miller Chevrolet in Murray, it’s the sound of progress and improvement. On Wednesday, there was also the sight of a new apprentice. Khoel is 17-years-old and has quite the interest in fixing things, especially cars.

“I think it would be nice if every time there was something wrong with my vehicle in the future to be able to work on it myself, and not spend a lot of money on something I can figure out,” said Khoel.

He is a teenager wise beyond his years.

“I’ve been told I look like a 30-year-old,” he said with a laugh. “I look pretty mature.”

In fact, Khoel says he’s never really let himself act like a child.

“Probably because I don’t like embarrassing myself and if I act like a child then I’ll embarrass myself,” he says.

He may look like an adult, but inside, he’s still a child needing something every child deserves – a family. He lives in foster care, and in six months he will be 18-years-old. He’s hoping before that time comes, he will be adopted.

One day, he hopes to be a father.

“Something for me to protect,” he said. “I think it would be nice.”

He’s not sure if his dreams of being adopted will come true.

“I don’t know yet,” he said. “I guess it will just come together. I try and not think about the future too much though.”

For now, he’s focusing on the present. Soon, he hopes the sights and sounds in his life will include that of a family.

To learn more about Khoel or the many other children living in the Utah foster care system, contact The Utah Adoption Exchange at 801-265-0444 or at

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Wednesday's Child

Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Brothers AJ, William enjoy science, desire to be part of a family

AJ, 11, and William, 13, both enjoy science, but their personalities are quite different. The brothers have been in foster care for five years and desire to feel included and part of a family.
11 days ago
Susan at the GemStudio in Provo. (KSL-TV)...
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Susan, 18, wants a family to love, guide her through life

Susan, 18, is preparing to graduate from high school and go off to college. She has been in foster care for three and a half years, but is desperate to be adopted and have a family that will love, guide and support her through life.
1 month ago
Wednesday's Child is Domanic...
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Domanic wants to connect with a family that loves him

At Bricks and Minifigs in South Jordan you’ll find a treasure trove of LEGO® sets. From special characters to exotic cars, it’s heaven on earth for 10-year-old Domanic.
2 months ago
On this week's Wednesday Child; 12-year-old Angel likes to be active and wants a family to care for...
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Angel wants to be a big brother for a new family

On this week's Wednesday Child; 12-year-old Angel likes to be active and wants a family to care for while they do the same for him.
3 months ago
Red, meeting her future family for the first time in Lagoon....
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Red’s new forever family found on the East Coast

When 13-year-old Red entered foster care two years ago, she never imagined being adopted by a woman in New York, but today that’s exactly where Red is living.
3 months ago
Wednesday's Child Aria would love to play competitive soccer but the unpredictability of foster car...
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Ariah is looking for a strong mother-daughter bond

Ariah loves soccer and would love to play on a competitive soccer team but 16-year-old said the unpredictability that can come with living in foster care has made that difficult for the high schooler.
4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Wednesday’s Child: Teen Hopes To Find Family Before 18th Birthday