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11/07/07-Lufkin

Adopting Older Children

by Tashun Chism

Will Conway was abused by his own mother as a child.

"The last time she got abusive with my sister we were taken away while we were in school," he said.

He eventually got put into the foster care system, and at age 16, considers himself lucky to have finally found a home.

"Most foster parents are looking for a younger child so they can have more of an influence on that child," Conway told us.

"Everybody needs a family. It doesn't matter how old you are but we find a trend with children 8 and over. It's harder for them to find that forever home and to become adopted into a loving family," Shari Pulliam, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said.

Will now lives in Nacogdoches, where his new foster father, Warner Sanders, says he is adapting well.

"Will is a very good student, he's participates in the football, he's in the band, he enjoys all the other activiities and it's really nice to be able to get out and support him in those endeavors," he told us.

"These children want to have someone there at their graduation, at their special events, when they get married and when they have children. Nobody wants to age out of the foster care system without a forever family," Pulliam added.

As for Will, he's glad to have found someone to adopt him.

Almost 2,000 children in the Texas Department of Family and Protective services's adoption program are 10 years of age or older.

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