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A Place to Call Home: Skyler

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - 11-year old Skyler is not asking for much.

What he wants more than anything is someone out there to see him, love him and bring him home.

For a boy who loves to jump, this is as good as it gets.

11-year old Skyler bounces and skips his way across the new Altitude Trampoline Park in west Little Rock.

"Oh my gosh, he was so excited," says Skyler's DHS adoption specialist Monica Spencer. "When he first walked in, he ran straight over here!"

It's a treat for him. He's been a foster child for nearly 3 years. Outings like this don't happen much for a boy who's lived more trauma and heartache than most of us can imagine.

Spencer is working hard to find him a family.

"He is a fun and loving little boy," Spencer shares. "He is shy, but lovable. We have a lot of children that are questioning themselves, 'how come I don't have a family to love me? I'm ready. I don't have any problems. I'm just ready for a family to love me.'"

That is what Skyler is ready for. He tells me he loves to read, loves art and loves to play with friends.

"Dodge ball, jump rope, run, outside and inside in the gym," Skyler says.

He also loves his sister, who was adopted. He, once again, was left behind.

"We used to be together, but now we're not," Skyler says. "And I miss her, and I can't see her. But I used to."

When I ask now if he knows what family is his response is heartbreaking. He simply shrugs and rolls his eyes.

For now, it's a harsh game of dodge ball on the trampolines, catching air and catching the ball.

Spencer says Skyler has made great progress but is still working to overcome a few obstacles.

"The only difficulties he has," she shares, "he has some learning disabilities as well as mental health issues, they are all workable."

Workable especially with the help of a forever family, something this 11-year old boy deserves.

If you'd like more information about Skyler or any of the children in state foster care, click on the Arkansas Department of Human Services adoption website.

There are no costs associated with adopting a child in state care.

Special thanks to Altitude Trampoline Park for treating Skyler to such a wonderful afternoon.