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A Place to Call Home: 8-year-old boy waits for forever family

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - It takes a lot of courage and a lot of patience to adopt a state foster child, but any adoptive parent will tell you the rewards are immeasurable.

Through THV11's partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, we meet Tyler, who hopes someone out there sees his story and is brave enough to bring him home.

"How ya doin?" Tyler asked, as he greeted the Little Rock Zoo penguins. The 8-year-old watched closely and smiled as they swam and floated inside the Penguin Pointe exhibit.

Tyler is a typical third-grader, curious and filled with adventure.

"He loves to play on his iPad," his adoption specialist Monica Spencer said. "And he loves to eat."

"Okra, green beans, macaroni," Tyler shared.

Spencer also said he loves to run around and play, and he loves animals.

"Penguins, elephants, lions," Tyler said, explaining what he is most excited about seeing at the zoo.

An afternoon at the zoo is about as good as it gets.

"Tyler is a very sweet child that will need someone that's dedicated to him," Spencer said, of a boy who's been in foster care for nearly six years.

Spencer shared that Tyler has mild developmental needs which require therapy and medication. She also said he's a good student, loves math, and because he's been in the same foster home for 3 years, he has little awareness that he's even up for adoption.

Still, this happy, care-free child, she says, deserves forever.

"With his special needs, it's hard because families out there want a perfect child and we don't have perfect children, so we have to do what we have to do to find the appropriate family for our special needs children," Spencer added.

Thanks to the Little Rock Zoo for treating Tyler to a zoo afternoon.

If you'd like to know more about Tyler, or any of the children in state foster care up for adoption, log onto the Arkansas Department of Human Services adoption website.