East Texas Boy Needs a Second Chance

"I like animals," says Adam with a big smile. This 11 year old is in his element at the zoo. His dream is to one day work at the zoo. For now, he's just happy spending time with the animals. "When I talk to them, I get this warm feeling inside and I just calm down," explains Adam. An abusive background has made Adam a serious and sometimes shy little boy, but with each day, he makes progress. "I'm getting better with my behavior though," says this young boy proudly. Part of Adam's frustration comes from being in foster care for six years. He longs for a forever family saying, "It just feels like I need to cry because sometimes when I see children with mothers and dads it just makes me sad." Not being settled in a permanent home weighs heavily on this young boy. Adam says, "Every time I go different places I make new friends, and then I have to move and I miss them very bad." Adam has lots of friends. He just graduated from the 5th grade. He's a bright boy who does well in school. One of his favorite activities is fishing. Adam is outgoing, kind, very polite and enjoys attention. But most of all, he's a loving child. "He told me, 'I want a family to love.' Most of the time they say they want a family to love them, but this one is so loving and so giving and he wants to love a family," says Pam McGee, CASA Supervisor. Adam puts it this way, "I have a lot of love to give." Adam would do best as the youngest or only child in a family. With continued therapy and unconditional love, his potential is endless. Pam says, "In just the right atmosphere, he's going to thrive and I think they're going to be thrilled with the joy he's going to bring into their home." Adam holds on to hope that one day he will find the gift of love. "I would like a family who would love me and be there," says Adam sincerely.

If you'd like to know more about Adam, or about how to become a foster or adoptive parent, call our Gift of Love hotline toll free, 1-888-kids-275.