Gift of Love

Gift of Love: Jenna

Many soft-spoken children find their own beautiful ways of communicating with others.For third-grader Jenna, that's through the arts.

E. Texas child abuse survivor to represent Texas at Miss. America’s Outstanding Teen

Gift of Love: Robin

Gift of Love: Memphis

4 children, 16-year-old adopted into forever families

Gift of Love: Armani

Call for churches to pray for children facing abuse on “Blue Sunday”

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Gift of Love: Daylon

Healing through Art: Live painting to benefit abused teenage girls

“Beds of Hope” seeks to build 70 beds for East Texas children in care of CPS

Faith-based foster care program changes name, mission

CASA calls child abuse an ‘everywhere problem’

Texarkana woman named “Angel in Adoption” by Congress

  Ted Cruz visits Lufkin, Nacogdoches; talks national state of emergency, Democratic opponents

Texas Senator Ted Cruz stops in Nacogdoches to talk national state of emergency, Democratic opponents

Gift of Love: Jordan and Jaylon

For brothers only a year a part, their favorite pastime is a little friendly competition. Whether that be on the basketball, through a dance-off, or joking with one another, they both agree they are each other’s best friend.

  Gift of Love: Gabriella, Ethan, Joshua

Ethan remains hopeful that the bond he has with his brother and sister will never be broken by distance. “It's very important because you need to be with your siblings to have fun with them and love them,” said Ethan.

  Gift of Love: Angela

With a team behind her, there's not much Angela can't do. For this teen, her passion for basketball goes beyond some competition on the court. “I feel like when you're with a team, y'all really look out for each other,” said Angela. “So it means a lot for y'all be loyal and always have each other’s

Gift Of Love: Dale

Gift of Love: Jonathan

Gift of Love: Raymon

Miss North Texas Outstanding Teen shares personal adoption story

Gift of Love: La’Rey

Gift of Love: Benjamin

  Gift of Love: Legacy Closet provides hundreds of foster children clothing

For children who are unexpectedly placed in protective care, the clothes on their backs may be the only thing they have to wear for weeks to come. “They were taken in the middle of the night, I got them at 12:30 in the morning,” said the assistant director of Legacy Closet Veronica McGee.

Gift of Love: Landen, a creative 13-year-old, needs a loving family

For Landen life is about creating and learning.

Gift of Love: Roy, Matthew, & Aiyden

Roy, 10, has a love for all things outdoors, but his true passion is his brothers.

Fire chief, teacher celebrate adoption of baby boy after infertility

"It just felt like it was meant to be, like he was meant to be in our lives," said Alto Kindergarten teacher and new mother Liz Trotty.

Gift of Love: Shyden

For a young teen named Shyden, he's anything but shy.  He's a 13-year-old with a clear vision of what he wants to be when he grows up.   "I want to be the storm tracker," said Shyden. "I'm going to be a weather anchor and a news anchor!"  The only thing missing is a family to support him.

Gift of Love: Alex

For Alex, 15, every day is an adventure.  "He's just such a good boy," said Alex's foster mother Yvonne Dixon. "I got him when he was 7 years old."  Dixon's role as Alex's caretaker has been especially important for his health.

Gift of Love: Nathan

To say 7-year-old Nathan always sees the brighter side would only be scratching the surface.

Gift of Love: Demarcus

What began at an elementary school birthday party, ended in the making of a family.

Gift of Love: Therapeutic Foster Families

There is a big need for therapeutic foster families in East Texas for foster children with medical needs.

Gift of Love: Caitlin

Caitlin is looking for a forever family to show her the Gift of Love.

Gift of Love: Noah

Noah is looking for the Gift of Love and wants more than anything to find a family that loves to be on the go.

Gift of Love: Destiny

It was an afternoon of cooking up something delicious inside the Discovery Science Center with Destiny. This 11-year-old funny, inquisitive, creative and full of imagination. Destiny is currently in the 5th grade and loves art class. "It's painting and stuff and I like to paint," Destiny said. Destiny enjoys playing games, drawing, coloring, doing crafts, skating, going swimming, playing with dolls, helping with cooking and she loves teddy bears. Destiny also likes to play...

Gift of Love: Leighton

Leighton is looking for the Gift of Love.

Gift of Love: Children Advocacy Center of Smith County Rainbow Room

The month of April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Several organizations are doing their part to help our youngest victims in all sorts of ways. Every day child victims of physical and sexual abuse come through the doors of the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County. The non-profit serves children ages birth through 17 who have been victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, witnessed a violent crime or been exposed to community violence.

Gift of Love: Justice

This 12 year old is a sweet and vivacious child. Her red hair, freckles, and sweet smile are hard to overlook.

Gift of Love: Randall, Love and Eden

These three siblings had a great afternoon bouncing off the floor, walls and every thing else at iJump.