TYLER, TX (KLTV) - For hundreds of East Texas seniors, Saturday was the end of the road for their high school career, but for one graduate, the day held a very special meaning.
Adam Burgess was living in foster care for eight years because of severe abuse, in search of the perfect family. It was the day in 2004 that Adam Burgesses life changed. KLTV 7's Gift Of Love helped Adam find his future family, the Burgesses. He was a shy lone boy approaching his teens five years ago. Today, he's the youngest of four and a John Tyler graduate.
"It's not a daily thought, it's as though Adam has always been with us," said Adam's father Daniel Burgess. "We don't think a lot about the time Adam wasn't part of the family." Adam says the past five years have gone by quick.
"I've basically been going through school been taking my life step by step," said Adam. Saturday morning, Adam's father, Daniel Burgess watched his third son end a chapter of his life.
"It was well worth it, for him and for us," said Daniel. "We've probably learned as much as more from him, and we've taught him." Adam echoes his sentiment.
"They basically just do what a family does, just encourage you and make sure I was there to stuff I needed to be there for, when I was down they were there to lift me up like a regular family."
"It's really neat to know that he feels like there's no limit to what he can do."
Adam is excited about graduating, but says the end of one chapter is the beginning of another. He's been accepted to Tyler Junior College. He plans to study criminal justice to one day be an investigator specializing in child crimes.