Jackson is an active young man.
“I play sports. I play basketball and I love watching football,” he said.
“He’s a charmer,” said Ashley Gipson, with Child Protective Services. “He’s very intelligent, very on-target and well-behaved.”
Gipson adds, “He has the ability to achieve anything he sets his mind to.”
This 14-year-old also has a sensitive side.
“I like to write poetry,” he said.
Expressing himself through writing helps him deal with his past.
“Jackson has been through a lot in life ... and has come a long way,” said Gipson.
He’s spent several years in foster care struggling with why he doesn’t have a family to call his own. But he’s made great progress and is now ready to start over.
“He is now requesting that we find him a forever family. He’s told his caseworker he is ready to be adopted,” explained Gipson.
Jackson said, “(I just want) a nice family.”
“A family for him is going to have to continue to provide him with structure, provide him with day-to-day routine that he needs, and be consistent with him and allow him to be a kid,” said Gipson.
“I’m real nice. I’d say the main thing is I have a loving heart,” he said.
To learn more about Jackson, 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.