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6/25/03 - Tyler

Deion hopes to grow in a loving home.

Deion is a friendly little boy who's usually smiling and happy. He's a well behaved four year old who likes to explore. He's always active and very sociable.

Deion is healthy and takes no medication. However because of his past, he's very small for his age. He was born to a young mother with a drug problem. He's been in the custody of Child Protective Services since he was one year old, found underweight and malnourished. David Godwin with CPS says, "Apparently Deion had been left in the crib and not feed, not given a bottle regularly, not given a lot of stimulation or a lot of anything from his mother. He was just a baby that had been left a lone. He pretty much just wasn't growing."

Looking at his tiny body, it's obvious gaining weight is still a problem for Deion. Godwin say, "We monitor his weight closely to make sure he does eat and get the nourishment he needs." Deion's mobility is great but, because of such sever neglect the first few months of his life, he has some speech delays. "He's going to need some speech therapy to catch up with other kids his age and maybe some physical/occupational therapy, but I think he eventually will be a normal child," says Godwin.

This playful child is already making progress. He just finished Pre-K where he attended a full day of school. "He has no problem getting up and getting ready." Godwin goes on to say, "He likes going to school and looks forward to riding the bus and for a little bitty guy to go a whole day that was pretty good."

Deion needs an energetic, yet patient, family who will be able to keep up with his activities and redirect him when he becomes adventuresome. They will need to give him one on one attention, working on his developmental delays. He plays well with other children and is good about sharing. "I think he's a nice little boy," Godwin says.

This bright little boy takes it one step at a time. Although he will probably always be a small person, he has a big heart, but the Gift of Love is sure to help him grow.

If you'd like to know more about Deion, or how 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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