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8-year-old Jacob in need of a permanent home

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The little boy you're about to meet is sweet, but shy, and it makes him that much more endearing. Jacob is respectful, takes direction well and is eager to please.

Eight-year-old Jacob was extremely polite, but a bit reserved at first during our play date at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

We quickly learned that Jacob is more of a thinker than a talker, and who really needs words when you have a smile like his?

Jacob needs a loving family to pull out the incredible grin he has to give.

"He has great dimples and he's an incredible athlete. That's what he loves to do. He loves to be outside, whether it be on his scooter or playing basketball. I had a chance to go see him at one of his basketball games this year and he's incredible. He loves to steal the ball and make a mad dash down the court. And he's just a great kid," Protective Services worker Laurel Bredthauer said.

"He is tall for his age, which is definitely an advantage for him in basketball. He's closer to the net, and it's working out for him," she added.

Although it took Jacob a little time to open up, he was eager to help and we ended up having a blast.

"He loves to show me different things he's done, how he's set up his room, and he engages in different activities. He's very hands-on. I feel like his eye-hand coordination is incredible, but he tends to be a little more quiet. He'd much rather play with you, as opposed to chat," Bredthauer said.

Though quiet, Jacob is engaging and quick to trust. He's an inquisitive and electrifying little boy. He's really thrived in school and in life, with the stable foster family he's been a part of the past year. Now what he needs is a Forever Family.

"He is doing fantastic right now in a two-parent family. He has older foster siblings and he really enjoys that he's really connected to everyone in the family. I think any family that's happy to get out there and do things, he would love to be a part of," Bredthauer said.

If you are interested in adopting from foster care, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U to learn more about getting started. The County of San Diego offers monthly orientation classes.

We'd also like to thank the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for hosting our Adopt 8 kids for a fun day of play.

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