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14-year-old Zach holding out hope he'll find a forever home

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When we first met Zach, he was an 8th grader living in an emergency children's shelter. Now, he's getting ready to start 10th grade and is in a good foster home, but he's still holding out hope he'll be part of a forever home one day.

When we check in with Zach we found out that he was recently surprised by Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers made good on a promise to autograph a football for Zach.

The two met up at a recent photo shoot for the 2014 Join the Team calendar, a partnership between the Chargers, San Diego County Adoptions and Adopt 8 to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families. But Zach was not expecting the star quarterback to remember him or the football.

"It's, it's special, it's something new. It's not every day you have somebody that important remembering something so little," said Zach.

Zach is a pretty unforgettable kid, so kind and engaging, I first met him a year and half ago.

Zach was in his element at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

A science wiz, it was as if, Zach was hosting our playdate, excited to introduce me to the different exhibits.

"And there's something over there I would like to show you, it has a lot of gears."

"He is very mature, he's very intelligent, very engaging, he'll walk up to adults, start a conversation, very friendly. I've noticed several times, he'll compliment people out of the blue, very caring," said protective services worker Jamey McCormick.

And when I asked Zach, just how badly he wanted a forever family, this is what he told me:

"On a scale from 1 to 10, I'd say about a 10."

It's been about 18 months since our last visit and Zach has changed.

"Yeah, I've grown about five to six inches," he said.

But the one thing that remains the same is his desire to be part of a forever family.

Zach tells me he is grateful for his foster family, close friends he's made and the good school he attends, but what he ultimately longs for is that feeling of belonging and unconditional love from a forever family.

If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U during regular business hours.

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