This brave teen, one of 4,000 foster children in Arkansas, shares what his life is like. David has ambitions to progress and succeed in life. But his earlier life situations didn’t give him a whole lot of hope. Being raised by his mom after she left her abusive husband, when David’s mom died, he was put into foster care. He’s learned that circumstances can’t dictate how he feels –- he needs to choose happiness regardless of his circumstances.

About a third of these kids in the Arkansas foster system age out before they are returned to their homes or are adopted. For David, he believes luck will change for him. He hasn’t accepted what’s been handed to him; he hasn’t given up. David chooses hope.