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8/30/06 - Tyler

Gift of Love: Four Foster Children Find Forever Families

Each week we introduce you to an East Texas foster child in need of a forever family. We've had great success with these stories. We're happy to tell you four more local foster children have now had their dreams come true. Here's an update in KLTV 7's Gift of Love report.

In April of 2005 you met Devin, a polite and well mannered 16 year old who likes to go to church. "It's like a feeling that you get when you're right there listening to the songs and everything it makes you feel happy and stuff," Devin said.

He's been in and out of foster care since he was 7 Years Old. His faith helps him deal with the past. "If you can't handle something in your mind take it to God and place it at his feet and I try to do that often."

Devin is ready to start over. "I would love to have a new family." His prayers have finally been answered. He has now found his forever family.

In August of 2004, we introduced you to 11 year old Chelsea and her 8 year old brother Dakota.

Despite their difference personalities, they're inseparable. "Cause he takes up for me all the time and he's always been there for me and I've always been there for him," says Chelsea.

Dakota adds, "I love my sister."

These siblings have been in foster care just over three years. Chelsea says, "It's hard to be away from your family when you've been there your whole life, just moving away from them now."

Chelsea and Dakota are now starting over with a new family and a new life, but most importantly they're doing it together.

Last August we brought you the story of 8 year old Nina, getting her picture taken by Randy Phillips in Tyler.

She was removed from her home about 3 years ago. Despite not having a permanent home, Nina enjoys the time she does have with her foster family. "Sometimes they read stories to you. Sing to you and they tuck you in bed sometimes," says Nina.

While some children take having a family for granted, it's something Nina thinks about often. "I'm just worried that I don't know who my mom and dad is or if I'll have a brother or sisters or a pool and if my room is going to be pink."

Nina has always known something special was waiting for her, now her wait is over. She's looking forward to her next photo shoot, which will be a family portrait.

If you'd like to know more about adoption call our Gift of Love hotline toll-free 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.

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