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Gift of Love: Special Needs Adoption

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - November is National Adoption Month, set aside to raise awareness of children still in foster care. All month long we will share with you stories of adoption and those who support the adoption process, even when it poses added challenges.

In 2008 in Texas, more than 1,600 physically or emotionally disabled children were placed for adoption. That is roughly 36% of all children placed last year in the state. The majority of those children were disabled due to drug/alcohol exposure, learning disabilities, and/or emotionally disturbing circumstances.

It was a picture perfect moment for the Pyeatt family as they welcomed two-year-old Nick into their home. It was adoption day for the family in Van Zandt County and a day to celebrate. Josh and his wife Kelly say about two years ago they felt lead by god to become foster parents.

"At first we thought it would just be kinda foster care and it turned out he came up for adoption and over the year of having him living we us we feel in love with him," said Josh Pyeatt, an adoptive parent.

Nick is a child with special needs and requires extra care including trips to Children's Hospital and Scottish Rite.

"He has spinabifida which means when he was born his spine was open so he's had two surgeries to fix that," said Josh Pyeatt.

The good news is that Nick has feeling in his legs and can stand on his own. And, even though he has some obstacles to over come, Kelly says he's still a two-year-old who's learning words and right from wrong.

"He gets physical therapy every week and he had to tell the physical therapist the other day that he didn't want to do something," said Kelly Pyeatt. "And, he looked at her and said, 'No!' So, she said, 'Ok, Mom, I think we might need a time out.'"

Nick joins a family that includes big sister Cami and little sister Keira.

"He and Cami are always talking and laughing and being rambunctious, and he's always learning new things," said Kelly Pyeatt.

And, when baby Keira is fussy, Nick takes on the role of big brother.

"He comes and comforts her and pats her and gives her kisses," said Kelly Pyeatt."It's just like it's meant to be this way."

And, when it came to adopting a child with special needs, the family welcomes Nick with open arms, taking every opportunity they can to show little Nick the gift of love.

"It's worth it," said Josh Pyeatt. "It's worth anything you have to do for them."

There is always a need for families who are willing to care for physically handicapped children including deaf and blind children. And, if you are considering adopting there is extra help available. Children who are physically or emotionally handicapped are eligible for the adoption assistance benefits which include Medicaid until age 18 and financial assistance based on their resources.

If you'd like more information about East Texas children with special needs available for adoption or any child up for adoption call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

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