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12/02/02 - Tyler

11 Year Old Boy Needs Gift of Love

A perfect outing for Chase is at Chuck E. Cheese's in Tyler. "Oh, yes, everything in here I would like to do," says Chase excitedly. Despite having sclerosis and wearing a back brace, this 11 year old likes to be active. He enjoys sports and riding his bike. Decked out in his cowboy boots, this little cowboy is hoping to find a family that lives in the country. "Oh, I love to ride horses. I want horses, animals, football, presents, everything," Chase explains with a big grin. He was removed from his home because of abuse and neglect. As a result, it has made it tough for him to get close to people. "What we see with kids like Chase is they typically try to avoid connecting with people because they're frightened that it will result in rejection, or pain, or abandonment and they just don't want to deal with that," says Gary Duke, Director of Youth and Family Enrichment Centers in Tyler. Chase adds, "I'm working on my anger and I'm trying to get it better. If I am bad, they can put me in a corner." Duke goes on to say, "Chase can be stubborn. He can be hard headed and he can be very difficult at times in his willingness to compromise. But I think that's pretty much consistent with most eleven and twelve year old boys," says Duke with a smile. Being forced to move around has not been easy for this young boy. Chase says with a sad voice, "I don't have a lot of friends at school, but I'm making some." Chase would do best as the youngest child in a family. Parents will need to be patient, reassuring and eager to spend time with him on school work. With a nurturing home, his potential is endless. Chase feels a void in his heart that he's hoping a forever family can fill. "I just want somebody to adopt me, cause some people don't love me. I don't know how come. They just don't love me. I want somebody to love me. Finding a family would make me happy," Chase says as a big smile emerges on his face. Keeping that smile on this little boys face is what the Gift of Love is all about.

If you'd like to know more about Chase, or about to become a foster or adoptive parent, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting.

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