After 15 difficult years, this boy asked his foster family for one wish and they made it happen

July 25, 2017 4:34 pm Last Updated: July 25, 2017 4:34 pm


Carson Peterson spent his first 15 years of life living in turmoil, being exposed to drugs, living on the streets, and had one too many experiences in foster homes. But during one very special “weekend-stay” he finally found himself a future to believe in.

His childhood went awry after the death of his mother

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Carson’s life had been hard, having lost his mother at the age of 3 to suicide lead to his first experience as a foster-child. After living with his father for a short while five years later, he reportedly lived on the streets for several years before re-entering the foster-care system. In time, he went back and forth between ten different families.

To make things harder for Carson, he found himself indulging in drugs and alcohol.

However, things would start to look up for Carson after having a “weekend stay” in 2014 with another family, Tex and Renee Petersen. Although he was only meant to stay with the family for the weekend while social workers looked for another family, Carson asked if he could stay longer.

But one foster family was unlike the others

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“I was a little nervous about asking if I could stay because I didn’t know what they were going to say,” Carson admitted.

“But they said yes to me, and they didn’t hesitate.”

In this new environment, Carson began to grow away from old habits and started new ones at school. He joined the football team, started singing, and worked to improve his grades. Carson also started to bond with his new foster-brother, Hunter, who was of similar age. In fact, the two grew so close that they now both have tattoos representing their bond as brothers.

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Carson’s foster parents then adopted two more siblings, a four year-old named Kaylynn and a two year-old named Joshua.

Tex and Renee may have taken Carson in as a foster child around three years ago, but they always considered him part of the family, even introducing him as their son.

“They never said ‘foster son,’ which was pretty awesome, to feel wanted and appreciated,” Carson explained.

Carson asked the family for one more wish

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Around Christmastime, he asked his family for another wish: that they would legally adopt him. Like before, the Petersen’s were more than happy to oblige. Even so, Carson felt like he was always part of the family.

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“It was finally a chance for me to let go of my past, to start anew,” Carson said. “It was really eye-opening to see how many people care for me and love me, and it made me emotional.”

His adoptive parents, however, are the heroes of this story.


“Love is the common denominator, and that’s what we need to be giving these kids,” Tex said, according to People.