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10/22/03 - Tyler

Ten Year Old Boy Would Bring Joy To A Forever Family

Bobby is a creative and curious little boy, always asking questions and wondering about things. He gazes up at a Giraffe at the Caldwell Zoo and says, "He looks like that big Giraffe on that Toys-R-Us thing. He's big like that one." His caseworker with Child Protective Services, Wendy McCaughn, says, "Everybody adores Bobby. You can't help but fall in love with him." At 10 years old, Bobby is very energetic. He likes playing outside, riding his bike and watching cartoons. "I like Bugs Bunny and Taz," says Bobby with a smile. And, he likes animals. "The lions and tigers, and the alligators, and the black panther, and the cheetahs," he rattles off recalling what he saw today at the Zoo. Bobby would some day like to have a pet. "He takes a lot of pride in his responsibility of being able to help and do things and taking care of the animals is something that would mean a lot to him," says Wendy. Bobby was removed from his home three years ago because of chronic abuse and neglect. Wendy says, "It's made him sometimes shy and sometimes nervous, especially in situations or places where he's unfamiliar." Bobby has made tremendous progress while in foster care. Wendy goes on to say, "I think Bobby could pretty much do anything he wanted to do. Bobby's very capable and he likes people to be pleased with him." Bobby could improve even more with the structure and guidance of a forever family. He will need to continue counseling and would do best as the youngest child in a family. I asked him, "What do you want your adoptive mom and dad to be like?" He responds,"I want them to be nice and I want a brother so I'll have somebody to play with and stuff." Wendy adds, "He wants a family very badly and he talks to me a lot about it. He says things like, 'When you find that special family for me I want them to have this, if that's OK.' B obby would be happy with anyone that would love him back." While looking at the Lions at the Zoo Bobby asks, "Are lions really King of the Jungle? I wish I could be a Lion then I'd be king." While this young boy craves attention, what he wants more than anything, is the Gift of Love. Wendy says, "Bobby's a great kid and he deserves a great family!" If you'd like to know more about Bobby, 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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