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Children Are A Gift: Nathan Video included

TYLER (KYTX) – Nathan enjoys spending time with his foster mom, Stacy Duff. "He is a lot of fun and a lot of energy. He's so spontaneous because he's so excited about everything," said Duff. More>>

Children Are A Gift: Kendall Video included

Kendall, 8-years-old Kendall, 8-years-old

TYLER (KYTX) – Donning his cowboy boots, hat and big shiny belt buckle, it's easy to see why Kendall says he enjoys the country life.“I'd like to live on a farm with lots of animals.” More>>

Children Are A Gift: Triston Video included

Triston, 14-years-old Triston, 14-years-old

TYLER (KYTX) – "Triston is a very energetic and excited young man and he is looking to have an active life and have opportunities to chase his hopes and dreams," said Jerry Johnson with Child Protective Services. More>>

Children Are A Gift: Kiarah & Lyrica Video included

Kiarah & Lyrica Kiarah & Lyrica

TYLER (KYTX) – Kiarah and Lyrica have spent the past four years in foster care.  Lyrica said, "It's important [to stay together] because when we grow up we can't be with each other as much so that's why it's important to be with each other when we are little." More>>

Children Are A Gift: Elijah Video included

TYLER (KYTX) – Elijah is excited about his visit to Mundt Music in Tyler. Walking in the door I asked him, “So how long have you been playing the piano?” He replied, “About two years." He is musically inclined and self-taught.  More>>

Children Are A Gift: Nick and Erica Video included

TYLER (KYTX) – Getting to spend time together is always a treat for these siblings who are separated in different foster homes right now. "They have a really close bond," said Sara Boyd, their caseworker. More>>

Children Are A Gift: Warren Video included

TYLER (KYTX) – Warren always makes himself right at home and never meets a stranger. "He's very energetic and likes to explore," said Jerry Johnson with Child Protective Services.  More>>

Children Are A Gift: Asia Video included

TYLER (KYTX) – Asia is a caring and considerate young lady despite a lot of set-backs in her life.  "She hasn't gotten to be a child very much and was kind of in a parental role before being removed, so the more things she gets to do that are age appropriate are exciting for her," said Kim Rhodes with CPS. More>>

Children Are A Gift: Casey Video included

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Like most young boys, Casey likes video games.  "Casey is really laid back. He is easy to get along with,” said Case Abernathy, his Child Protective Services Caseworker.  More>>

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  • Children are a Gift: Selena

    Children are a Gift: Selena

     Selena is a cheerful young lady with an infectious smile and a genuine spirit. “She's very happy and she can make you happy," said Ted Baxley. Baxley is one of the nurses who helps take care of Selena in her foster home. "I enjoy worMore >>
     Selena is a cheerful young lady with an infectious smile and a genuine spirit. “She's very happy and she can make you happy," said Ted Baxley. Baxley is one of the nurses who helps take care of Selena in her foster home. "I enjoy worMore >>
  • Children are a Gift: Kayla

    Children are a Gift: Kayla

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-04-02 14:25:35 GMT
    (KYTX) – A girl in East Texas is facing some challenges in her young life. Sadly, it's a result of her mother drinking while she was pregnant with her. This foster child needs special attention that onlyMore >>
    This foster child needs special attention that only a forever family can give.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Dr. Karyn Purvis

    Children are a Gift: Dr. Karyn Purvis

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 11:35 PM EST2014-02-12 04:35:39 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) –Dr. Karyn Purvis is known around the world for helping countless adoptive and foster parents better connect with their children. Her book, The Connected Child, has brought hope and healingMore >>
    Dr. Karyn Purvis is known around the world for helping countless adoptive and foster parents better connect with their childrenMore >>
  • Children are a Gift: Justin

    Children are a Gift: Justin

    Tuesday, October 15 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-10-16 03:35:46 GMT
    (KYTX) – Walking into Tyler's Marble Slab Creamery Justin's eyes light up at the chance to enjoy his favorite treat. "I like to have ice cream and play outside," he said looking at all his chilly choices. "He'sMore >>
    Walking into Tyler's Marble Slab Creamery Justin's eyes light up at the chance to enjoy his favorite treat.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Asia

    Children are a Gift: Asia

    Wednesday, October 9 2013 4:28 PM EDT2013-10-09 20:28:01 GMT
    (KYTX) – Looking through rows of nail polish, Asia has a lot of choices at the Belladonna Day Spa in Tyler. It's her first trip to a spa for a day that's all about making her feel special. "She hasn'tMore >>
    Asia is a sweet young lady who is helpful and thoughtful of others.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Ladarrion and Ladaja

    Children are a Gift: Ladarrion and Ladaja

    Tuesday, October 1 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-10-02 03:35:25 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) –Split up in two different foster homes right now, Ladarrion and Ladaja enjoy the time they do get to spend together. Ladarrion said, "Cause I love her." Ladaja added, "I miss him." TheseMore >>
    Split up in two different foster homes right now, Ladarrion and Ladaja enjoy the time they do get to spend together.

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  • Children are a Gift: Jorge

    Children are a Gift: Jorge

    Tuesday, September 24 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-09-25 03:35:20 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Typical of a 13-year-old, Jorge enjoys video games. So much so, it's what he wants to do when he grows up. "I plan on being a Game Designer," he said with a smile. He also enjoys sports,More >>
    Typical of a 13-year-old, Jorge enjoys video games. So much so, it's what he wants to do when he grows up.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Frankie

    Children are a Gift: Frankie

    Wednesday, September 18 2013 11:36 PM EDT2013-09-19 03:36:27 GMT
    (KYTX) – Frankie is a happy child, most of the time. "At first he's quiet, but once he gets to know you he opens up and is a real talkative child who is funny with a sweet personality," said Ashley GipsonMore >>
    This nine-year-old enjoys drawing, painting, sports, the outdoors, legos and pizza. "Cheese and pepperoni are my favorites."More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Willie and Dixie

    Children Are A Gift: Willie and Dixie

    Wednesday, June 26 2013 11:27 AM EDT2013-06-26 15:27:12 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Willie and Dixie enjoy playing together.  They even do their homework together. "They are very, very close.  They look out for each other," said Tara Biggers, their Child Protective ServicesMore >>
    Willie and Dixie enjoy playing together.  They even do their homework together. "They are very, very close.  They look out for each other," said Tara Biggers, their Child Protective Services caseworker.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Ian

    Children Are A Gift: Ian

    Tuesday, March 26 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-03-27 03:40:51 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) –  Ian enjoys being outside and staying active. "I like to play sports. I like playing football and I like playing basketball. I like playing baseball as well," he said.While he is outgoingMore >>
    Ian enjoys being outside and staying active. "I like to play sports. I like playing football and I like playing basketball. I like playing baseball as well," he said.
    While he is outgoing playing sports, this teenager is quiet and reserved.  "When I'm around people I get shy cause I don't know them and it's hard for me to communicate with people I don't know."
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  • Children Are A Gift: Jesse

    Children Are A Gift: Jesse

    Wednesday, March 20 2013 10:04 AM EDT2013-03-20 14:04:39 GMT
    He's an adorable, fun loving boy with a lot of love to give, and he's in need of a forever family. Here is Jesse's story in CBS 19's "Children Are A Gift.""1,2,3. Good. Now I want you to go 1,2,3,4,5,6More >>
    He's an adorable, fun loving boy with a lot of love to give, and he's in need of a forever family.
    Here is Jesse's story in CBS 19's "Children Are A Gift."
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  • Children Are A Gift: Casey

    Children Are A Gift: Casey

    Thursday, March 14 2013 4:44 PM EDT2013-03-14 20:44:49 GMT
    By Gillian Sheridan TYLER (KYTX) – Like most young boys, Casey likes video games. He also enjoys riding his bike and playing. "Casey is really laid back. He is easy to get along with," said Case Abernathy,More >>
    If you enjoy spending time outdoors, and have room for one more, there is a boy who would like to be part of your family. This East Texas foster child is ready for adventure.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Korban

    Children Are A Gift: Korban

    Tuesday, March 5 2013 11:46 PM EST2013-03-06 04:46:57 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Korban is a smart and polite 7-year-old. "He's very loving. He's very cuddly. He would bring a lot to a family. He loves being part of a family and wants that very much," said Shayla Ballew,More >>
    Korban is a smart and polite 7-year-old. "He's very loving. He's very cuddly. He would bring a lot to a family.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Misty's Adoption

    Children are a Gift: Misty's Adoption

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-02-06 00:45:26 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – It was December, 2010 when we first introduced you to Misty on CBS 19's "Children are a Gift" report. She was 11-years-old at the time and told us her one Christmas wish was to find a familyMore >>
    After 6 years of foster care, Misty is adopted into a loving family!More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Blanca

    Children are a Gift: Blanca

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-02-06 00:45:26 GMT
    (KYTX) – Riding a horse around Rockin' C Ranch in Lindale is nothing new to Blanca, but it's been a while. "My family used to own a ranch," she said from atop a horse. But she's no longer with her familyMore >>
    Blanca is now 15-years-old and very sociable. "I like to dance and sing, but I don't have a good voice. I like drawing, listening to music. I like doing lots of things, but playing volleyball is my favorite."

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  • Heart Gallery of Northeast Texas

    Heart Gallery of Northeast Texas

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-08-06 17:52:09 GMT
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  • Children are a Gift: Damian, Catrina and Cynthia

    Children are a Gift: Damian, Catrina and Cynthia

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 9:31 PM EST2014-03-05 02:31:31 GMT
    (KYTX) – Taking a tour of Brookshire's Wonderful Wildlife Museum in Tyler, these siblings stick close together. "They take care of each other," said Brandi Jaco with Child Protective Services. And theyMore >>
    (KYTX) – Taking a tour of Brookshire's Wonderful Wildlife Museum in Tyler, these siblings stick close together. "They take care of each other," said Brandi Jaco with Child Protective Services. And theyMore >>
  • 11 East Texas children adopted

    11 East Texas children adopted

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 11:33 PM EST2014-02-26 04:33:36 GMT
    (KYTX) – East Texas families are stepping up to adopt children profiled on CBS 19's weekly Children are a Gift segment. Here is an update on eleven more children who now have their forever family. FirstMore >>
    East Texas families are stepping up to adopt children profiled on CBS 19's weekly Children are a Gift segment. Here is an update on eleven more children who now have their forever family.More >>
  • Children are a Gift series prompts couple to adopt

    Children are a Gift series prompts couple to adopt

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 11:34 PM EST2014-02-19 04:34:16 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) -  Rachel and Charlie Kennerly have been sweethearts since Junior High School. They've now been married eighteen years. They looked forward to the day they would begin a family, but how theyMore >>
    Rachel and Charlie Kennerly have been sweethearts since Junior High School. They've now been married eighteen years. They looked forward to the day they would begin a family, but how they became parents was not what they were expecting.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Nate

    Children Are A Gift: Nate

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:19 PM EST2013-11-08 04:19:57 GMT
    (KYTX) - This young boy enjoys exploring nature, riding his bike and doing  woodworking projects. He's hoping to share those activities soon with a forever family. A peaceful afternoon fishing is theMore >>
    This young boy enjoys exploring nature, riding his bike and doing  woodworking projects.

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  • Children Are A Gift: Brianna, Timothy, Cheyenne, and Tyler

    Children Are A Gift: Brianna, Timothy, Cheyenne, and Tyler

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:19 PM EST2013-11-08 04:19:00 GMT
    (KYTX) - "I like to play with my brothers and sister," said 9-year-old Brianna, posing for pictures with her siblings. All dressed in black and white to match, you couldn't help but smile watching them.More >>
    Children Are A Gift: Siblings hoping to stay together in forever familyMore >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Local businesses support foster children

    Children Are A Gift: Local businesses support foster children

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:16 PM EST2013-11-08 04:16:05 GMT
    (KYTX) - Each week CBS 19 profiles a local foster child in our "Children are a Gift" report to help find them a loving home.  About 50% of those children have now found their forever family.  In the pastMore >>
    Each week CBS 19 profiles a local foster child in our "Children are a Gift" report to help find them a loving home.  About 50% of those children have now found their forever family.  In the past year and a half, there have been 456 adoptions in Region 4 of East Texas.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Tyran and Tyrese

    Children Are A Gift: Tyran and Tyrese

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:15 PM EST2013-11-08 04:15:33 GMT
    (KYTX) - Tyran and his little brother, Tyrese, watch out for each other. They've been bounced between several different foster homes, but that hasn't changed their sweet personalities."They have comeMore >>
    Tyran and his little brother, Tyrese, watch out for each other. They've been bounced between several different foster homes, but that hasn't changed their sweet personalities.More >>
  • Children are a Gift:Darius, Tilia, Deuntaye, and Derion

    Children are a Gift:Darius, Tilia, Deuntaye, and Derion

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:12 PM EST2013-11-08 04:12:45 GMT
    (KYTX) – Four siblings wait eagerly to ride the Texas State Railroad in Rusk, Texas. Once on board, these children were giddy with excitement. "This train ride is real good. I mean awesome!" said DariusMore >>
    Four siblings wait eagerly to ride the Texas State Railroad in Rusk, Texas. Once on board, these children were giddy with excitement.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Kendrick

    Children are a Gift: Kendrick

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:10 PM EST2013-11-08 04:10:50 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Kendrick is a few years shy of getting a drivers license, but he can handle a race car at Fire Mountain Amusement Park in Tyler with no problem. "The ride was good! I liked how I beat theMore >>
    Kendrick is a few years shy of getting a drivers license, but he can handle a race car at Fire Mountain Amusement Park in Tyler with no problem.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Carzell, Swaylon, and Tamya

    Children Are A Gift: Carzell, Swaylon, and Tamya

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:09 PM EST2013-11-08 04:09:34 GMT
    (KYTX) - These siblings are filled with excitement, getting the opportunity to spend the afternoon together. They miss each other right now after being split up in different foster homes. Their littleMore >>
    These siblings are filled with excitement, getting the opportunity to spend the afternoon together. They miss each other right now after being split up in different foster homes. Their little faces light up when they see each other.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Katelyn, Jarrod, and Kristina

    Children are a Gift: Katelyn, Jarrod, and Kristina

    Thursday, November 7 2013 11:00 PM EST2013-11-08 04:00:43 GMT
    (KYTX) - Three East Texas siblings in foster care value the time they spent together. "The three of them have been through a lot. They came from a big family and they have lost contact with a lot of themMore >>
    Three East Texas siblings in foster care value the time they spent together.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Kendall

    Children Are A Gift: Kendall

    Wednesday, September 11 2013 7:04 PM EDT2013-09-11 23:04:11 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Donning his cowboy boots, hat and big shiny belt buckle, it's easy to see why Kendall says he enjoys the country life. "I'd like to live on a farm with lots of animals," he said. I askedMore >>
    Donning his cowboy boots, hat and big shiny belt buckle, it's easy to see why Kendall says he enjoys the country life.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Photographers promote adoption through their art

    Children Are A Gift: Photographers promote adoption through their art

    Wednesday, July 31 2013 10:33 PM EDT2013-08-01 02:33:11 GMT
    (KYTX) - Posing for a professional portrait is not something most East Texas foster children are used to."I showed one of them her picture and she said, ‘Oh, I'm pretty!' And she is, she's a gorgeousMore >>
    Posing for a professional portrait is not something most East Texas foster children are used to.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Kalee

    Children Are A Gift: Kalee

    Tuesday, July 30 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-07-31 03:37:29 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) –   Kalee enjoys crafts like making pottery, painting and jewelry making."My favorite color is green," she said as she picks up a ceramic cross to paint at Pottery Cafe in Tyler.This 10-year-oldMore >>
    Kalee enjoys crafts like making pottery, painting and jewelry making.
    "My favorite color is green," she said as she picks up a ceramic cross to paint at Pottery Cafe in Tyler.
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  • Children Are A Gift: Max

    Children Are A Gift: Max

    Tuesday, July 23 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-07-24 03:39:47 GMT
    (KYTX) – Max is a typical teenager. "l like to listen to music, ride my bike, play video games, watch tv and movies." But sports is his favorite activity, especially basketball. "I've never been on aMore >>
    Max is a typical teenager. "l like to listen to music, ride my bike, play video games, watch tv and movies." But sports is his favorite activity, especially basketball.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Christian

    Children Are A Gift: Christian

    Tuesday, July 16 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-07-17 03:42:04 GMT
    (KYTX) – Christian is an active teenager who enjoys sports. "I like to play football and basketball," he said. He's a respectful young man who enjoys school, listening to music and playing games. He wouldMore >>
    Christian is a respectful young man who enjoys school, listening to music and playing games. He would like a forever family who has animals and lives on a farm.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: After years of waiting, teenager gets forever family

    Children Are A Gift: After years of waiting, teenager gets forever family

    Tuesday, July 2 2013 11:30 PM EDT2013-07-03 03:30:13 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) –  Walking into the Smith County Courthouse, it's a day this East Texas teenager thought might never happen.  Holding the hand of her soon-to-be new mom, Kelly Ritch, they approach Judge CaroleMore >>
    Walking into the Smith County Courthouse, it's a day this East Texas teenager thought might never happen.  Holding the hand of her soon-to-be new mom, Kelly Ritch, they approach Judge Carole Clark's bench in the 241st District Court.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Casey wants patient, kind forever family

    Children Are A Gift: Casey wants patient, kind forever family

    Tuesday, June 11 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-06-12 03:37:50 GMT
    (KYTX) - Like most young boys, Casey likes video games. He also enjoys riding his bike and playing. "Casey is really laid back. He is easy to get along with," said Case Abernathy, his Child ProtectiveMore >>
    Like most young boys, Casey likes video games. He also enjoys riding his bike and playing.More >>
  • Foster In Texas Information

    Foster In Texas Information

    Friday, May 3 2013 4:31 PM EDT2013-05-03 20:31:10 GMT
    Click here for information on becoming a foster parent.More >>
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  • Children Are A Gift: Ricky Evans

    Children Are A Gift: Ricky Evans

    Tuesday, April 30 2013 11:52 PM EDT2013-05-01 03:52:52 GMT
    (KYTX) – Walking through one of his salvage yards in Longview, Ricky Evans looks around at all the cars and trucks that don't run any more.  He knows first-hand what it takes to restore something that'sMore >>
    Walking through one of his salvage yards in Longview, Ricky Evans looks around at all the cars and trucks that don't run any more.  He knows first-hand what it takes to restore something that's broken down. "I was making bad choices at a young age."More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Blanca

    Children Are A Gift: Blanca

    Tuesday, April 16 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-04-17 03:41:45 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Riding a horse around Rockin' C Ranch in Lindale is nothing new to Blanca, but it's been a while.  "My family used to own a ranch," she said from atop a horse.  But she's no longer withMore >>
    Riding a horse around Rockin' C Ranch in Lindale is nothing new to Blanca, but it's been a while.  "My family used to own a ranch," she said from atop a horse.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Kensheia and Chloe

    Children Are A Gift: Kensheia and Chloe

    Wednesday, April 10 2013 9:56 AM EDT2013-04-10 13:56:45 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Kensheia and her sister, Chloe, enjoyed a peaceful afternoon riding horses at Rockin' C Ranch in Lindale."They are both very adventurous teenagers," said Ashley Gipson, with Child ProtectiveMore >>
    Kensheia and her sister, Chloe, enjoyed a peaceful afternoon riding horses at Rockin' C Ranch in Lindale.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Shyenne, Shelly, Shawana, and Samuel

    Children Are A Gift: Shyenne, Shelly, Shawana, and Samuel

    Tuesday, April 2 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-04-03 03:44:12 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) –  These four siblings are giddy with excitement when they see each other. "Lots of energy and when you put them all together the energy builds off each other," said Ashley Gipson with ChildMore >>
    These four siblings are giddy with excitement when they see each other. "Lots of energy and when you put them all together the energy builds off each other," said Ashley Gipson with Child Protective Services.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Shakyra, Brianna, Gaige, Calliegh, Johney

    Children Are A Gift: Shakyra, Brianna, Gaige, Calliegh, Johney

    Tuesday, February 26 2013 11:45 PM EST2013-02-27 04:45:15 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – KYTX CBS 19 continues our commitment to finding foster children loving homes. It was three years ago when we began our weekly series called "Children are a Gift." Since then, many localMore >>
    KYTX CBS 19 continues our commitment to finding foster children loving homes. It was three years ago when we began our weekly series called "Children are a Gift."More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Ali

    Children Are A Gift: Ali

    Wednesday, February 13 2013 10:42 AM EST2013-02-13 15:42:33 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – "I didn't think it would turn out like this. It turned out better than I thought," said an adorable, dark-haired little girl. Her story of finding her forever family is the stuff moviesMore >>
    "I didn't think it would turn out like this. It turned out better than I thought," said an adorable, dark-haired little girl.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Henry, Brenden, Amacia, Thomas, Alexis, Timothy and Mariah

    Children Are A Gift: Henry, Brenden, Amacia, Thomas, Alexis, Timothy and Mariah

    Wednesday, February 6 2013 11:48 PM EST2013-02-07 04:48:47 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) - Since KYTX CBS 19 began our Children are a Gift series three years ago featuring local foster children, many East Texas children have gotten adopted. It is a result of the loving and openMore >>
    Since KYTX CBS 19 began our Children are a Gift series three years ago featuring local foster children, many East Texas children have gotten adopted.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Markel, Elijah and Samadrey

    Children Are A Gift: Markel, Elijah and Samadrey

    Tuesday, January 29 2013 11:41 PM EST2013-01-30 04:41:15 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Three playful and adorable brothers run and chase each other at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler. They are always on the run. "They always want to go in different directions and theyMore >>
    Three playful and adorable brothers run and chase each other at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler. They are always on the run.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: 5 children adopted into loving homes

    Children are a Gift: 5 children adopted into loving homes

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-02-06 00:45:26 GMT
    IT WAS MARCH OF 2010 WHEN YOU MET TONI AND HER LITTLE BROTHER ALEX.  "We're pretty tight, close, so stick up for each other, help each other out." "I love her and I love her."   THAT BOND GREW EVEN STRONGERMore >>
    Five more East Texas children find their forever families thanks to East Texans willingness to open their hearts and homes.
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  • Children are a Gift: Cassidy

    Children are a Gift: Cassidy

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-02-06 00:45:26 GMT
    (KYTX) – Cassidy Mack spent many of her early years in foster care in East Texas. "I have experienced a lot of loss. I was separated from my birth family and put into foster care with my sister, and thenMore >>
    A former foster girl from Texas has chosen not to be defined by her past but, instead, is defining her future by taking advantage of every chance she gets. Cassidy Mack is now making a name for herself after spending six tough years in foster care.
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  • Children Are A Gift: Diane

    Children Are A Gift: Diane

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-02-06 00:45:26 GMT
    (KYTX) – Diane is a friendly, insightful young lady who likes animals and spending time outside. "I like riding dirt bikes, 4-wheelers. I like playing with dogs and I like cats." This 7th-grader is veryMore >>
    Diane is a friendly, insightful young lady who likes animals and spending time outside.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Esmeralda and Jamie

    Children are a Gift: Esmeralda and Jamie

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-02-06 00:45:26 GMT
    (KYTX) – With charming little personalities, this brother and sister are a joy to be around. "These kids have actually been wonderful from day one when they came into foster care. Everybody that meetsMore >>
    With charming little personalities, this brother and sister are a joy to be around.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: Willie and Dixie

    Children are a Gift: Willie and Dixie

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:44 PM EST2014-02-06 00:44:24 GMT
    (KYTX) – Willie and Dixie enjoy playing together. They even do their homework together. "They are very, very close. They look out for each other," said Tara Biggers, their Child Protective Services caseworker. HoweverMore >>
    Willie and Dixie enjoy playing together. They even do their homework together. "They are very, very close. They look out for each other," said Tara Biggers, their Child Protective Services caseworker.

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  • Children are a Gift: Jonathan

    Children are a Gift: Jonathan

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:43 PM EST2014-02-06 00:43:52 GMT
    (KYTX) – Jonathan is a sweet boy in foster care in East Texas who responds well to positive attention. "He is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder," explains Kim Rhodes, his Child Protective ServicesMore >>
    Jonathan is a sweet boy in foster care in East Texas who responds well to positive attention.More >>
  • Children are a Gift: East Texas Orphan Conference

    Children are a Gift: East Texas Orphan Conference

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:43 PM EST2014-02-06 00:43:52 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – If you have ever considered helping a foster child, there is an event coming up in Tyler you will want to attend. It's the East Texas Family Conference – God's Heart for Orphans. It isMore >>
    If you have ever considered helping a foster child, there is an event coming up in Tyler you will want to attend.More >>
  • Tragedy leads a local family to grow through adoption

    Tragedy leads a local family to grow through adoption

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 12:08 AM EST2014-02-05 05:08:20 GMT
    (KYTX) – An East Texas man is serving a life sentence for the beating death of his two-year old daughter. The murder happened in August, 2011 when 22-year-old Dramon Green killed one of his twin daughters.More >>
    They were given just five minutes to decide if they would take in, and adopt, a 2-year-old girl who's twin sister had just been murdered.

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  • Children are a Gift: Nathan

    Children are a Gift: Nathan

    (KYTX) – Nathan enjoys spending time with his foster mom, Stacy Duff. "He is a lot of fun and a lot of energy. He's so spontaneous because he's so excited about everything," said Duff. This nine-year-oldMore >>
    This nine-year-old boy has severe autism, but continues to overcome many obstacles.

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  • Children Are A Gift: Jackson

    Children Are A Gift: Jackson

    Tuesday, January 22 2013 11:35 PM EST2013-01-23 04:35:27 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) – Jackson is an active young man. "I play sports. I play basketball and I love watching football," he said. He's in the 8th-grade and makes friends easily. He also gets along well with others. "He'sMore >>
    Jackson is an active young man. "I play sports. I play basketball and I love watching football," he said.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: John

    Children Are A Gift: John

    Wednesday, January 16 2013 5:04 PM EST2013-01-16 22:04:11 GMT
    EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - Adopting a child not only gives them a loving family, but a better chance at life. An East Texas boy is hoping he gets that chance. Here is John's story in CBS 19's "Children AreMore >>
    Adopting a child not only gives them a loving family, but a better chance at life.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Brent

    Children Are A Gift: Brent

    Tuesday, January 8 2013 11:38 PM EST2013-01-09 04:38:04 GMT
    EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - He's a happy boy but needs a loving family. Brent usually has a smile on his face but he'd be beaming if he could find his forever family. Brent is a typical 12 year old. He likesMore >>
    He's a happy boy but needs a loving family.

     Brent usually has a smile on his face but he'd be beaming if he could find his forever family.
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  • Children Are A Gift: Joshua

    Children Are A Gift: Joshua

    Tuesday, December 18 2012 11:40 PM EST2012-12-19 04:40:28 GMT
    (KYTX) - If it involves playing a game, Joshua is usually first in line. "I like to play soccer, basketball, skating, riding my bike. I like video games a lot." He also likes going to church and beingMore >>
    If it involves playing a game, Joshua is usually first in line. "I like to play soccer, basketball, skating, riding my bike. I like video games a lot." He also likes going to church and being involved a youth group.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Shawn

    Children Are A Gift: Shawn

    Tuesday, December 11 2012 11:32 PM EST2012-12-12 04:32:52 GMT
    (KYTX) - Shawn is very friendly and a joy to be around. "He is a very sweet, intelligent child. He has a neat personality and doesn't meet a stranger, very talkative," said Ashley Gipson, with the DepartmentMore >>
    Shawn is very friendly and a joy to be around. "He is a very sweet, intelligent child. He has a neat personality and doesn't meet a stranger, very talkative," said Ashley Gipson, with the Department of Family and Protective Services.More >>
  • Children Are A Gift: Donald

    Children Are A Gift: Donald

    Tuesday, October 2 2012 11:26 PM EDT2012-10-03 03:26:43 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) - With bright blue eyes,10-year-old Donald takes in all the sights at Tyler's Caldwell Zoo. "I like animals," he said. "He's just a sweetheart. He gives the best hugs and he has the prettiestMore >>
    With bright blue eyes,10-year-old Donald takes in all the sights at Tyler's Caldwell Zoo. "I like animals," he said.More >>
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  • Give a home to a child featured on Children Are A Gift

    Give a home to a child featured on Children Are A Gift

    To adopt a child featured on Children Are A Gift you must be approved to adopt and have a current home study. If you are not currently approved to adopt and would like to know how to get started, pleaseMore >>
    To adopt a child featured on Children Are A Gift you must be approved to adopt and have a current home study.More >>
  • Gillian Sheridan

    Gillian Sheridan

    Gillian Sheridan was born in England and immigrated to the United States as a young girl with her family. At the age of 12, she became an American citizen. After growing up in Minnesota, Gillian earnedMore >>
    Gillian Sheridan was born in England and immigrated to the United States as a young girl with her family.  At the age of 12, she became an American citizen. After growing up in Minnesota, Gillian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota double majoring in journalism and telecommunications. More >>
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