SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local seven-year-old boy, living in an emergency children's shelter, is in urgent need of a forever home.
Lavell has been bounced around in the foster care system is praying for a forever family, hopes to be dancing his way into their hearts, one day soon.
Lavell loves to sing and dance and Michael Jackson songs are his favorite.
“He loves Michael Jackson, and I love Michael Jackson. So, I love working with him,” said protective services worker, Folake Balogun.
Lavell's social worker wants nothing more than to find him a forever family and there's an urgent need.
His shoes came from the clothing area at the emergency children's shelter where Lavell is currently living.
“I got to pick them out myself. They're really cool because they're sketchers and it feels like a pillow when you run,” explained Lavell.
Lavell is resilient, wearing a shift on the day of this story that read: “don't believe me just watch!”
Watch and marvel at Lavell's remarkable spirit - always trying to spin a negative situation into a positive one.
“I ask him, ‘Lavell, are you having fun,' and he says, yes, I'm having a good time and it really makes me feel a little bit better about the situation because it's really a tough pill to swallow the fact that he has to be in an emergency shelter right now,” continued Balogun.
Lavell smiles through the uncertainty, his life has been a whirlwind.
“He needs that forever family right now. He just really needs to get stable, and even when I took him to the emergency shelter, his words were I just want a family, any family and that's sad for a kid to just want to feel like they belong somewhere,” said Balogun.
Lavell knows exactly why he's being feature on Adopt 8. And when asked what kind of home he would like, he said:
“A Christian person that has an Xbox.”
“He would love a family that is spiritual. Every time I talk to him about the type of family he would like, he says they have to believe in God, they have to pray, and he really takes pride in that and that's what's keeping him safe at the emergency shelter right now just his spiritual connection with God,” Balogun added.
And, what kind of things does Lavell dream of doing with a family?
“Play board games. Play superhero games.”
His favorite game is Candyland.
I found Lavell to be so charming and endearing.
“Lavell is so adorable, he's shy at times but then when he warms up, he has you cracking up,” Balogun said.
And I'm hoping Lavell's biggest sweet treat is finding a forever home.
If you are interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, please call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.
CBS News 8 would like to thank Boomers San Diego for hosting a fun day at the park and also photographer Art Brackley for volunteering his time to take the Heart Gallery photos featured in this story.