Children Are A Gift: Triston

CAAG: Triston

TYLER (KYTX) – Basketball is Triston's favorite sport. He's hoping to be on a school team again soon. He also likes running, video games and watching movies.

"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.

This 16-year-old enjoys school, but his five years in foster care has brought a lot of uncertainty for his education.

"Just moving everywhere gets you unfocused and it's hard to just sit down and do your work without knowing anybody. School has been hard, but I just buckle down and do it," Triston said.

"The longer a child stays in care the more they can be traumatized. It can become harder the older they get. They don't form attachments to anyone if they're in a situation where they have to keep moving around," explained Johnson.

Triston is a well-mannered young man who appears shy and sad at first.

"I have respect. I'm honest. I just need to work on my happiness," he said with a solemn face.

"I've heard that he can really open up once he gets attached and trusts someone,” said Johnson.

This teenager strives to do his best and is looking at a future in the military. "I want to serve for this country."

He needs parents who will be good role models and love him unconditionally.

"Triston is very tenderhearted from my perspective. He has a very gentle spirit as well and my time with him has been a delight," said Johnson.

"I'm easy to get along with and I just want a family to love." Triston goes on to say, “I would bring love and peacefulness cause I am a very quiet person. I'm just mellow, you know."

He is at an age where he wants to spread his wings and begin to experience what life has to offer.

"So that comes with the territory [of having a teenager] and you couple that with coming from a hard place, which Triston has, and he's going to need that extra time and attention just to help him get through," Johnson said.

"I would like to be adopted. I think it would be better for me, so I can have a family and be safe and I know I'm going to stay there for the rest of my life. I just want a family that will love me for who I am," said Triston sincerely.

Triston is eager for a family so he can finally attach to someone. Johnson said, "He has tremendous potential and he's a super young man. I think he's going to be a blessing for whatever home he lands in."

To inquire about an East Texas foster child waiting to be adopted call 903-533-4242 or email


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