Brandon is learning how to golf at the Put Put Course in Tyler. This young boy likes all sports but especially soccer and "I like baseball. I'm good at baseball," says Brandon.
"He's sweet. He's lovable. He's affectionate. He's fun," says Callie Reneau his caseworker with Buckner Children and Family Services.
Brandon is almost 10 years old. He has spent most of the last six years in foster care, removed from his home because of abuse and neglect. "I've always been missing my family," Brandon says with a sad face.
Brandon is dealing with the abuse and separation issues in therapy and is making progress. Callie says, "Some children can't express their feelings but Brandon can. He's a really smart kid."
He is in the 4th grade and does well in school. One of his favorite activities is reading. "Like one day I read the whole book of Win Dixie and I read this book that had 125 pages," Brandon explains.
Brandon is hoping for a family that will let him have a pet. He does well with other children. He's especially helpful with younger children. After years of waiting, Brandon is ready to start over with a new life. Callie says, "He does ask what's going on with the search for his family and that he's just ready to be in a normal family."
Brandon says sincerely, "I want a forever family."
Having the Gift of Love is important to this young foster child. "So that I wouldn't be lonely and living on the streets," he says.
"I think he'll bond quickly. I think he wants it so badly that they're going to be mom and dad the first day, I'm sure," says Callie.
If you'd like to know more about Brandon call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.
Gillian Sheridan reporting.