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12/26/07 - Tyler

Gift of Love: Shane Needs Good Role Model

While the temperatures soared outside, things got heated up inside during a competitive video game. Fifteen year old Shane taught me a thing or two about how to conquer the game. He knows a lot about conquering tough situations. He was removed from his home 6 years ago because of abuse related to his parents domestic violence. He now stays at the Azleway Boys Ranch in Tyler.

"It's been a good place. It keeps me out of the streets, gave me a shelter, gave me the clothes on my back, gave me a school to go to. I'm thankful for that," says Shane.

Despite a rough start in life, this articulate teenager is very bright with high hopes for his future. "I'm very easy to work with on school work and stuff and I make good grades. I strive to work hard and math, you can't separate me and math." Shane goes on to say, "I want to go to college some day at Texas A & M."

When Shane's not reading a book, or playing a video game, he likes to play sports, fish and participate in Boy Scouts. Staying active helps him keep his behavior in check, a result of his past.

"What I would like is a family that will be disciplined with me and ground me but not a family that will keep me grounded."

"Shane really seeks to have a good male role model and see healthy relationships. He hasn't had the opportunity to see that and know how to interact appropriately in a family setting," says Lori Sutton-White, Child Protective Services caseworker.

Shane says he's ready to start over. "I want to have a family that I can call mom and that I can call dad and that I will be proud of saying that. I want to look into my past and say 'Man, forget you. I'm in a good place. I'm in a caring place. I'm in a safe place.'"

Lori says, "He wants the opportunities to do things other kids his age are doing and I think if he had that opportunity that he would really have a lot of potential and a great kid to have in your home."

Shane will need a family with patience and understanding and he will need time to adjust. But most of all, he needs unconditional love, something he's never had in his life.

"I want them to be there when I'm in need and someone who loves me, cares for me for who I am."

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

Gillian Sheridan, Reporting 

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