As you pass Fire Mountain Amusement Park in Tyler, you hear the roar of go-carts. "Let's race," shouts Christopher with a big grin.
It was evident pretty quick who was going to win this race and it wasn't me. "I'm 10 years old. My birthday is March the 9th."
Christopher is an articulate, energetic young boy. He has a good sense of humor and an outgoing personality. "I like meeting people. I'm pretty friendly most of the time," explains Christopher.
"He smiles a lot and he's very polite to staff," says T-Ester. She's one of the workers at Azelway Boys' Ranch in Tyler, where Christopher lives. T-Ester says Christopher gets along pretty well with other children. "He's good about apologizing and trying to do better with his behavior."
Christopher has been in foster care about five years. Despite past abuse and neglect, he tries to keep a positive attitude. "I had to go from my real mom. It was kind of hard for me to leave. I cried, but I got through it. My foster mom tells me about her and I'm all right."
I asked Christopher if he wants a forever family. He replied, "Yes ma'am, because I want someone to take care of me and love me."
Christopher says he wants siblings to play with. He likes sports, being outside and playing games. He would benefit from patient, caring and nurturing parents. This young boy would also thrive with extra help on school work. "I study a lot and every time we have homework I do it every time."
Christopher says church is important to him and he wants to be a preacher when he grows up. For now, he prays everyday that his life will get better. "I pray for a forever family. I think God wants me to go to a good home."
"A loving family, someone that can show them love, not just say I love you, but show them you love 'em and I think that's what's missing in Chris's life," said T-Ester.
If you'd like to know more about Christopher, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.
Gillian Sheridan, reporting. firstname.lastname@example.org