Upbeat teenager waiting for loving forever family

Published on Saturday, 17 August 2013 21:26 - Written by By Gillian Sheridan gsheridan@cbs19.tv

If it involves playing a game, Joshua is usually first in line.

“I like to play soccer, basketball, skating and ride my bike” he said. “I like video games a lot.”

He also likes going to church and being in-volved in a youth group.

Ashley Gip-son, his caseworker with Child Protective Services, said, “He is one of the sweetest teenag-ers I’ve met in a long time.”

Joshua and I played The First Tee of Greater Tyler Wee Links Golf Course at the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas. The course teaches nine core values.

“Those are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment,” explained Christian Sarran, the program director.

Joshua caught on right away to the game and the concept it teaches.

“You have to behave, be caring and be nice,” he said.

This teenager has a bright smile, an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. He also has a great memory for detail and is inquisitive. With help and encouragement, he is capable of much success.

“I like all my classes. My favorite subject is science,” Joshua said.

He’s described as having an upbeat personality despite some challenges in his life. “I’m special needs,” he said.

“Joshua is 15, but he’s not functioning at a 15-year-old level,” Gipson said. “Developmentally, Josh is probably at a 10- to 12-year-old level.”

He needs patient parents who will spent a lot of one-on-one time with him.

“The type of family that I want is someone who understands me. Someone who takes good care of me. I’ve been waiting a long time,” Joshua said.

Gipson said, “He’s ready, and that is one of his wishes is to be adopted.”

As Joshua made his way around the golf course, he gained new skills that will help him as he waits for a forever family.

Sarran said, “What I hope he takes away, and what I saw, was him developing more confidence in himself. He can learn new activities and that he’s able to carry out certain skills that he can take into college and even the rest of his life.”

To learn more about Joshua, join Gillian Sheridan for her “Children are a Gift” report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 Ten @ 10. You can also find information on www.CBS19.tv and www.tylerpaper.com . To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted, call 903-533-4109.