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Forever families: Meet Paul

Paul (Source: KXXV) Paul (Source: KXXV)

Paul is an easy-going 15-year-old with special medical needs and that's just as special as the Central Texas foster family who has been caring for him since he was 10-years-old.

We met Paul outside his foster home where he could feel the breeze and sun on his face.  He could also feel the love.

"We've been doing it for five years now and the happiness and joy it brings to myself taking care of another human being who doesn't have a voice or no one to do nothing for them...that's the reward I get out of this," said foster mom Mrs. O'Peters.

Mrs. O'Peters says caring for a child with special medical needs is not a decision to take lightly.

"You should be ready.  Examine your heart.  It's a long-term commitment.  That's why they call it a forever home," O'Peters said.

But like so many of the children they foster, she knows a forever family is where he belongs long term.

"He is an easy-going little man.  He will bring joy just like he brought to us," said O'Peters.

Paul is visually impaired, but he can hear your voice and responds even with laughter.  He gets occupational and physical therapy and loves music class.  His forever family will need to have support and provide Paul with 24-hour care.

But the biggest qualification is love.  It will be a bittersweet day for his foster family when Paul's forever family welcomes his home.

"Every child that comes into this house, I pray for them and I hope they are doing okay, and I wish that for Paul too," O'Peters said.

You can view Paul's bio at The Heart Gallery of Central Texas, a program of Partnerships for Children. Central Texas News Now's "Forever Families" airs every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. 

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