You could call Derek a "jack of all trades!" He's good in the kitchen. He's great with animals.
"He was very confident, but he moved slowly and carefully and listened to my instructions and did an absolutely wonderful job of feeding the animal. I was very impressed," said Alice Seyfried, St. Louis Children's Zoo.
And this pre-teen loves to help his community.
"I help pick up trash around my neighborhood. I think it's important to give back to the community you live in," said Derek.
Derek also sings in his church choir and does sign language.
This bright, fun-loving kid also has a little wish. He would like to take piano lessons.
If you would like to learn more about becoming part of Derek's life or granting his little wish, please call the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition at 1-800-FOSTER3.
A special thanks to Alice and the Children's Zoo! A BIG thanks for Elmo for his cooperation! If you would like more information about the zoo and upcoming events and programs, please call 314-781-0900 or visit www.stlzoo.org.