About two and a half years ago we brought you the story of a young boy in need of a permanent home. His name is Robie. He's been in foster care a majority of his life. Unfortunately he's still waiting. We caught up with Robie again. He's now a little older, and his desire for a family is greater. Here's KLTV 7's Gift of Love report.
It was July of 2004, when we first introduced you to Robie. He was 6 and shy. Now 8 years old, he is a little more outgoing.
"He's just a blessing," says Tammy Stidham, caseworker with Child Protective Services.
Robie enjoys the outdoors, and was thrilled with his afternoon at Brookshire's "World of Wildlife Museum" in Tyler. "I like to look at the animals," he says.
This young boy also likes sports, video games and playing with his dog. "My dog always licks me on the leg, sometimes he licks me on the check," says Robie with a big smile.
Robie has been in foster care since he was just 3 years old. He's now been waiting 5 years to find a forever family.
Tammy says, "He's a wonderful child and he's going to make a parent very happy."
Robie is a resilient boy, determined to improve his life. "He has done a tremendous job in the last 4 or 5 years I have worked with him." Tammy goes on to say, "His teach brags on him and talk about how well he's doing in math."
Robie adds proudly, "One time in math, I got 100 and 99."
Robie has a lot of potential and is already thinking about what he wants to be when he grows up. "I want to be a fireman. God always helps you when you can't see like in the smoke, God helps you. God helps me, that's why I want to be a fireman."
It's important for Robie to have structure in life. He will also need to continue speech therapy and he would like siblings. "I'd like two sisters and one brother."
But most of all, Robie wants to feel safe and wanted. "I want to get a lovely family."
"Robie could bring joy and love. He's full of love and just wants to give everything he's got to someone. I desperately pray that someone watching will take him in," says Tammy with tears streaming down her face.
It's an emotional time for this caseworker hoping Robie will soon find the Gift of Love.
If you'd like to know more about Robie call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.
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