Every human being has an ingrained desire to belong. Whether a child is six or sixteen, the desire for home is always there. The desire to be loved unconditionally is always there. That’s all any child wants, young or old.
On a recent interview with NPR, a young man who spent 20 years in the foster care system stated that the foster care system had failed him on its biggest promise: that one day it would find him a family who loved him. Hearing him say those words out loud broke my heart.
We never outgrow the need for family.