LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Children end up in state foster care for any number of reasons, including abuse, neglect, or a parent's inability to care for them.
The kids we feature through our partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services were never able to return to their birth families and their parents' rights were terminated.
This week, we meet Alex, a young man who's fighting to put his past behind him, aiming for a better tomorrow.
There are kicks, tricks, knee pads, and the soccer ball.
"They wanted you to have your own soccer ball, this is yours to keep," said THV's Dawn Scott as she presented Alex with his very first ball.
"Awesome," said Alex.
And he is up for the challenge.
Soccer coach Jason Gillen donates his time to run the drills.