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Gift Of Love: Joshua

Joshua is a happy, handsome and humorous young boy with lots of energy. "I like to play," he says while throwing a ball at Chuck E Cheese's in Tyler. This five year old is inquisitive and very aware of his surroundings. He asks lots of questions and is very bright. "Oh, I made this," he says pointing at his necklace.

This young boy is already thinking about what he wants to be when he grows up. "I want to be a cowboy. " Melanie Latimore, his case worker with Child Protective Services says, "Joshua is a very fun love child. He enjoys the smallest things such as going out for coke and ice cream. He loves to be rewarded for his good things that he does."

Joshua is in kindergarten and doing well. He enjoys going to school. "I learn in school about dinosaurs and I play on the monkey bars. My teacher she be nice and kind and I won't be in trouble," he says. Joshua enjoys sports, animals and pretty much anything outdoors. Latimore says, "He likes soccer, fishing , camping and traveling. He's a wonderful traveler." He also likes cartoons and is often heard singing the theme from "Scoobie Doo."

He is a kind and considerate little boy which is amazing considering his past. Latimore explains, "Joshua was removed about three years ago due to physical neglect. It was just a very unsanitary situation." Since then, he's bounced around to several different foster homes, which can make him oppositional at time. "He does want a mom and dad and he's always questioning when he's going to have a mom and dad and it's very important to him because right now, with him only being 5, he understands that he's only in this home temporarily."

Joshua needs patient parents willing to take the time to answer his questions, helping him understand. It will take him some time to trust and bond. He would do best as the youngest or only child in a family. He dreams of the day he'll find his forever family. "Cause I love brothers and sisters so I'll have someone to play with," he says sweetly. Not only will he have someone to play with but, more importantly, someone to share the Gift of Love.

If you'd like to know more about Joshua, adoption or fostering a child, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting.

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