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13-year-old Jacob still waiting to find a forever family

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - His birthday falls on April Fool's Day, and he is quite the jokester. But one thing 13-year-old Jacob is serious about is finding a forever family to give him the love and care he deserves.

When we first met Jacob in 2009, he was 10 years old and a bit shy. Now, three years later, Jacob is an adolescent, more confident and self-assured. But sadly, he is still waiting to find a forever home.

He hasn't given up hope he will find parents to love him, despite being uprooted more than a dozen times.

"Tight now he's in his 15th placement since age 5," court-appointed special advocate Chas Moriarty said. "Before I met him they said he's kind of quiet and doesn't warm up very quickly and we hit it off immediately. He has a great sense of humor."

That's crystal clear when he decided to interview photojournalist Ann Marie Spaulding and asked if she had siblings. Next, Jacob interviewed his foster sister. Jacob has been living with Kaitlyn's biological parents for the past few months.

"You're a lovely little brother. The little brother I never really had growing up, so it's nice to have a little brother who talks to you, who actually cares about what you have to say and who hangs out with you," Kaitlyn said.

And Jacob feels the same way about Kaitlyn.

"She's a fun big sister," he said.

"I want him to find a forever family," Kaitlyn said.

Kaitlyn says it breaks her heart to know Jacob has spent most of his life wondering when he'll have to move again, and where he'll end up.

"I just loved him instantly, he's a great kid. If I was older, I would adopt him, honestly. I mean (he is) a wonderful kid," she said. "He likes to joke, he likes to laugh and he's just so fun to be around."

Kaitlyn's parents, who adopted a teenage girl a couple years ago, are fostering Jacob in the hopes he will soon find a permanent home.

"He deserves a family, no doubt about that," Kaitlyn said.

Jacob has an infectious laugh. During our visit at the park, he got fancy with his Frisbee and showed off his footwork. He really opened up after telling me he was initially a bit nervous and skeptical about being featured on Adopt 8 once again.

"He truly wants to be part of a family, and I think that's a strength, he almost will do anything to be part of that, and it's rough when you keep being changed every couple months to a different family, it's really hard to create a bond, and I think that's really what he wants," Chas said.

"I just really wish the best for him and I really want him to find a forever family that he can have forever," Kaitlyn said.

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