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1/4/06 - East Texas

Gift of Love: More Foster Children Adopted

A new year brings with it new opportunities. For some local foster children those opportunities include a permanent home. We are happy to tell you, that four more children that we introduced to you in recent years have been adopted. Here's an update in our Gift of Love report.

In April, 2004 you met 7 year old Rita. She's now been in foster care almost four years, waiting for the right family. "It doesn't matter what kind of family as long as they love me," she said.

Rita says 2005 was the "very best Christmas" ever, that's because she finally got that family who will love her forever.

In 2002 you first met a young boy named Justin. He was 8 years old with a past full of abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, no family came forward willing to adopt Justin.

As the wait continued, we met up with him again in June of 2005 at the age of 11. He was hoping this time would be different. "I'm a nice person," he told us sincerely.

After being removed from his home almost seven years ago, Justin still holds onto that dream of having a forever family. "Cause you need somebody who will love you. Like a mom and a dad and a brother and a sister," he said.

After spending a majority of his life in foster care, Justin's wait for the Gift of Love is finally over.

In January, 2005 we brought you the story of a special young girl named Brittany. She was born with neurological damage. She was placed in foster care about four and a half years ago because of severe neglect.

"The parents that she had did not tech her how to eat. They did not teach her how to speak," explains her foster dad Bobby Sirmans. In fact, Brittany was still on a bottle at 11 years old. Removed from her home at age 13, it was like starting over.

She was never taught to say Mommy or Daddy, but a local family is willing to teach her. Brittany is about to be adopted, changing her life forever.

We introduced you to Brandon in June, 2005. He was ten at the time. Despite abuse by his parents, being removed from his home was hard on him. "I've always been missing my family," he said.

After almost seven years of waiting, Brandon is ready to start over with a new life. "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."

Brandon now has the security and love that only a forever family can give.

If you'd like information on children available for adoption in East Texas, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.


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