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Gift Of Love: Charles

Foster care has given a young east Texas boy some stability for the first time in his life, but what he really needs is a forever family. Maybe he's a good fit for your family.

Here's Charles' story in KLTV 7's Gift Of Love report.

Like most 10 year olds, Charles enjoys playing games and sports.

"Baseball is my favorite game."

He also likes going to church, movies and going swimming.

"He's a little kid but he's big on personality," says Lori Sutton of Child Protective Services. "He is very friendly. He never seems to meet a stranger."

That's remarkable, given what this young boy has been through.

"His parents were living a lifestyle that kept him moving constantly. He was exposed to people who hurt him and ultimately, there just wasn't an appropriate person to keep him safe."

Charles was placed in foster care in 2006. As a result of the abuse, he does have some challenging behaviors.

"He just needs a good solid role model that will help model how to express his feelings and teach him boundaries," says Sutton.

The second grader will also need some extra help academically.

He says his favorite part of school is "playing".

"Are you working on any projects right now? Sewing. What are you making? A quilt."

"He is just going to need committed parents that will help him achieve all of the goals that he wants to achieve. And help him success in school and build his self esteem and show him what it's like to be in a loving family."

Charles would do best as the only or youngest child in a family. He needs stability and nurturing parents but most of all he wants...."the nicest family in the world."

A family who can give Charles the gift of love.

For more information on Charles call our Gift Of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-KIDS-275.

Gillian Sheridan gsheridan@kltv.com

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