GREENSBORO, N.C., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "I've been dreaming for a family almost ever since I came to foster care and knew that I could be adopted," said 12-year old Makayla. "I've been dreaming about this, and it's so important to me." Makayla has been in foster care for more than five years. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161031/434444Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161031/434445LOGO November is National Adoption Month and Children's Home Society of North Carolina (CHSNC) is helping to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families for older youth in foster care. Every year more than 100,000 children in the United States, including over 2,400 in North Carolina, are eligible for adoption according to CHSNC. Most adoptive children are 7 to 17 years of age. Makayla plans to become a chemist helping people with cancer. "My aunt had cancer and died from it, and I don't want anyone else to suffer like that," Makayla added. "If I could have one wish, it would be a place to call home … and everyone having a place they can call home," said 17-year old Montavious. "A foster home is a temporary place … it's not permanent." Seeking a permanent family and adoption, Montavious plans a career in biology or computer programming. "My experiences make me who I am, but they do not control who I will become," he added. "Without family, you are stuck in life," said 14-year-old Tucker. "When I was little, I lost my mom, and there's nothing I can do about it but to move on with life and make better choices." Tucker's favorite subjects are history and archeology, but one day he hopes to be a professional basketball player and "have a mansion." "I like to write. I want to find a home, so I wrote a story about a dog trying to find a home," said 9-year old Heather, a budding third-grade writer and artist. "The dog was trying to find a family and found a home on Christmas."