Deion hopes to grow in a loving home. - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

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.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Sports WebXtra: UT-Tyler hosts special Olympics

    Sports WebXtra: UT-Tyler hosts special Olympics

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:13:30 GMT
    UT-Tyler athletics hosting special olympics on Monday night.UT-Tyler athletics hosting special olympics on Monday night.

    The UT-Tyler Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its second annual special Olympics with swoop on Monday night. Numerous Patriot athletes took time out of their normal practice and school routine to participate in the event and give kids a night of fun they normally don't experience.

    More >>

    The UT-Tyler Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted its second annual special Olympics with swoop on Monday night. Numerous Patriot athletes took time out of their normal practice and school routine to participate in the event and give kids a night of fun they normally don't experience.

    More >>
  • Chapel Hill officially hires Jason Hooker

    Chapel Hill officially hires Jason Hooker

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:08 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:08:51 GMT
    Jason Hook officially hired at Chapel Hill.Jason Hook officially hired at Chapel Hill.

    A new era of Chapel Hill football will begin this fall. Jason Hooker's hiring became official at Monday night's CHISD board meeting. Hooker, who comes over from Brownsboro, is replacing Thomas Sitton as head coach and athletic director.

    More >>

    A new era of Chapel Hill football will begin this fall. Jason Hooker's hiring became official at Monday night's CHISD board meeting. Hooker, who comes over from Brownsboro, is replacing Thomas Sitton as head coach and athletic director.

    More >>
  • Sports WebXtra: Blake Lynch impressing during Baylor spring practices

    Sports WebXtra: Blake Lynch impressing during Baylor spring practices

    Tuesday, March 28 2017 12:02 AM EDT2017-03-28 04:02:09 GMT
    Matt Rhule is excited about Lynch's progress.Matt Rhule is excited about Lynch's progress.

    Former Baylor standouts Mount Pleasant product KD Cannon and Linden-Kildare native Shock Linwood will get their chance on April 5th to workout in front of NFL scouts and personnel during the Bears Pro Day. In the meantime, new head coach Matt Rhule is trying to lay the foundation of a program that can compete for a Big 12 title in 2017

    More >>

    Former Baylor standouts Mount Pleasant product KD Cannon and Linden-Kildare native Shock Linwood will get their chance on April 5th to workout in front of NFL scouts and personnel during the Bears Pro Day. In the meantime, new head coach Matt Rhule is trying to lay the foundation of a program that can compete for a Big 12 title in 2017

    More >>
Powered by Frankly