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Gift of Love: Christopher, 12 Years Old

He's a talented athlete. As he swings at the ball inside MVP on Deck in Whitehouse, it's easy to see that Christopher is a natural when it comes to baseball. He's also a good basketball player and a breeze at track.

"I got medals in track from the 100 dash and the 400 and the relay and the shot put," says Christopher.

"Chris really has a great personality. He seems shy on the exterior but when he flashes that smile you can tell he's got a lot going on personality wise," explains Lori Sutton-White, caseworker with Child Protective Services.

Once back inside the batting cage, it didn't take long for him to flash those pearly whites while making contact with the ball.

This 7th grader also does well in school. "I'm doing pretty good and stuff and my grades are up. I've been making A's and B's."

But like most 12 year olds, he needs a little help staying focused. "His mind is on girls, cars and sports," says Lori letting out a laugh.

Christopher is a remarkable young man considering he was removed from his home more than 6 years ago because of abuse. "He has spent half his life in foster care. He's had a tough time. It's taken him a while to overcome the issues he's had to deal with. It's been rougher for him than most kids," says Lori.

Christopher admits, his past has left him angry but he's made great progress overcoming it. Lori says, "What's exciting, is he has met his goals. He's achieved everything he's set out to do and has learned in the process how to express himself appropriately."

He's hoping the changes he's made will get him the one thing he wants most. "Just have a good family. That's all," says Christopher.

But after such a long wait, he's cautiously optimistic. He says, "Some people say they can't wait and they may get disappointed and stuff like that. So, I just wait for them to come. That way I don't get disappointed."

Lori adds, "It's kind of heartbreaking to hear that he's not even excited about what his future could hold. It seems to me that he might be just a little afraid to hope that there is a family out there for him."

And hopefully, that smile will return permanently, with the Gift of Love.

For more information on Christopher call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, Reporting gsheridan@kltv.com

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