Gift of Love: Robert, Special Boy Needs Special Family

Nationwide, there are a half-million children in foster care. Of that number, nearly 130-thousand are legally free to be adopted. One of them is a special boy from East Texas named Robert. We introduce you to him in KLTV 7's Gift of Love report.

If you don't want toys everywhere, you better hide them if Robert is around. He's active and enjoys games that involve a lot of running. He also likes trucks. Robert is a sweet boy. He likes to cuddle and give kisses.

"I think the endearing thing about Robert is that he's very affectionate and loving and in that respect he can give back to a family," says Sandy Sadler, his Child Protective Services caseworker.

Robert was removed from his home about 4 years ago because of chronic neglect. It has left him developmentally delayed. He's four years old, but acts much younger. "He's a two year old in a four year old body and that doesn't work real well. You can really see that with his speech. He's gathering more words but he's just now starting to put words together," says Sandy.

Robert is making progress in speech therapy. Although his potential is unknown, it's clear he will need help with social, behavioral and developmental issues. "That's what we want in a family for him. A family who can provide a lot of one on one attention for him. He might do well if there were older children in the home who could model appropriate behavior for him."

Robert is a special child who will need a special family. A family with patience, structure and commitment. But most of all, enough love to change this little boy's life.

If you'd like more information on Robert call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.