When you're in foster care, getting matched with the right forever family is crucial.
Today, we are looking for the perfect family to adopt a 12-year-old child on the autism spectrum.
Zachary is an amazing boy who needs parents just as special as he is.
"A tractor. Am I going to ride it?" Zachary asked curiously during our Wednesday's Child adventure.
We all have hobbies and interests, but Zachary's fascination with lawn equipment is truly special.
We brought Zachary to Hall's Pumpkin Farm in Grapevine, where farmer James Nelson showed him how to drive a tractor.
"If you're going to be a part of Zach's family you really need to be there for good," said John Cyper, who is Zach's court appointed special advocate, also known as a CASA.
Zach doesn't just love tractors, mowers and Weed Eaters. He also loves football.
When asked about his favorite team, Zach answered excitedly.
"Cowboys. The Cowboys play in three months. They're gonna make a touchdown. That's right," he said.
Zachary has an incredible memory for a child his age. At the same time, he is mentally younger than he looks.
"He's more childlike. Physically he's 12 years old going on 13, but he presents himself more along 5 or 6 years old," Cyper said.
"I want a ham sandwich," asked Zach during our interview.
Zachary is sweet and has no problem asking for what he needs.
"Zach is not just somebody that you can leave on his own. He needs a lot of care and often times redirection," Cyper said.
Zachary needs parents who will love him for who he is, just like his advocate does.
"We just like each other. He's hard not to like. He's very caring. He's very repetitive, but if you're just patient and work with him, it works out," he said.
When asked what he wants for Zach, Cyper says it's simple.
"Just to be happy. I think that's all he really wants too," he said.
You must be licensed to foster or adopt in the state of Texas.
If you're already licensed, contact LaQueena Warren with Child Protective Services, and she will forward your information to Zach's caseworker.
If you are not licensed, contact Warren can help you start the process. Contact her at email@example.com or at 817-304-1272.
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