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5-year-old Daniel is thriving in his forever home

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - This Adopt 8 success story features Daniel, who has grown by leaps and bounds in his new forever home.

Five-year-old Daniel has always had good upper body strength, but when he was first matched with his mom Jacque two years ago, his legs were quite weak.

“His lower body was uncoordinated and not a lot of strength. He could do everything with his upper body, he could've been a mountain climber with his upper body,” explained Jacque.

Jacque, who happens to be an occupational therapist who works with children, immediately enrolled Daniel in swimming classes to try and improve his muscle tone - not really knowing his potential.

“It didn't scare me, and my background helped, but it was just what a mom would do,” she continued.

And what Daniel was able to achieve, was amazing.

“He moved up six levels in swimming in one year,” Jacque said.

When Jacque signed Daniel up for sports, his overall athletic abilities surprised everyone.

“In baseball and soccer both, because he was preschool, they moved him up to play with kindergarteners and first graders for both sports because he's so coordinated and really good,” said Jacque.

There's so much to be proud of and grateful for, considering Daniel was born premature and with complications.

“He was two months early, so he was two pounds one ounce, brain bleed, all kinds of stuff going on,” Jacque described.

Jacque says Daniel is proof that when kids are given a chance - the sky's the limit.

“With the love, the stability, these children can do anything,” she said.

“I don't know, I just cry sometimes. I don't mean to do that now, but I mean it's just, because I didn't know that I'd have a child anyway and to just have him has been a blessing,” Jacque noted.

And seeing how much Daniel has accomplished in their two short years together, inspires Jacque to help her son thrive even more.

“Just give him that love and praise and keep him going so he can be that independent and strong little boy that he should've been from the beginning,” said Jacque.

Jacque has since opened her home to foster children as well and says she would consider adopting again through San Diego County Adoptions.

Jacque encourages others to adopt and says the county has a lot of resources for adopted kids and social workers can direct adoptive families to programs and services to help their children succeed.

If you are interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, please call 1-877-I-ADOPT–U.

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