An afternoon of pizza, "Welcome to CC's," and video games with sports cars. It's a perfect day for a typical 13 year old boy like Timothy, or Tim as he prefers. "Come on let's race again," he asks me grinning from ear to ear.
He also likes riding his bike, swimming, animals and artwork, like painting and coloring. Finishing up another round of video games he says, "Let's play air hockey now."
"Timothy is very sweet," says Amanda Loken, Child Protective Services caseworker.
Sporting a T-shirt with crosses, he tells me going to church is important to him. "Cause you get to talk to the Lord and all that. I ask him for forgiveness."
Timothy has been in foster care about eight years; removed because of neglect and drugs in the home. The constant moving has been hard on this young boy. "When you get used to a foster home you move, and you move, and you move and keep on moving. I would prefer to stay in one spot."
"He doesn't think anyone is going to keep him for the long haul," adds Amanda.
Tim is hoping his prayers for a good home will be answered. Sitting down to a plate full of pizza, Tim bows his head and reaches for my hands, "Dear gracious Father, I pray that I get a family. I pray for my mom, dad, sister and brother and I pray for everybody in this world. Amen."
"This is a critical time because if Timothy doesn't get a family now, or soon, his ability to bond to a family is going to be less and less because the older her gets the more he feels like he was just left," explains Amanda.
Tim would do best with parents that are strong role models willing to help him improve his self esteem. Any behavior issues he has will be tamed with a safe and caring home, but it will take him some time to trust.
This 7th grader will need one-on-one help with school work, but his potential is endless, just like the love he's hoping to find. "The Gift of Love is something that I want," says Tim sincerely.
Not only something Tim wants but needs, opening a door to lots of new opportunities.
If you'd like to know more about Tim call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.