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10/01/03 - Tyler

3 Siblings Looking To Stay Together

Three East Texas siblings have had a bumpy ride through life. Because of neglect, they were removed from their home about a year and a half ago, but they've stuck together. "Yes, I want to stay with my sisters. We're good together. Even though we argue a little bit, we get a long good," says 8 year old Austin. Brook Grier, with Child Protective Services adds, "When they first came into care they were the only kind of security they had together. They were very stable and very bonded to each other. Austin was kind of the care taker of the three. So, it's very important for us to keep them together."

Austin is the big brother. He's in the 2nd grade and has lots of potential. He says, "I like hamsters, dogs, and farms. I like animals."

Heather is 5 years old. She's in kindergarten and is more shy and needs time to trust. Her little sister, 4 year old Sierra, is the most affectionate of the three children and likes to be held. Austin says, "My sisters like Barbie dolls and cars and cribs for their babies. They like that stuff."

Sierra and Heather have some developmental delays as a result of their past. Brook says. "They were very under weight and showing some signs of fetal alcohol syndrome when we removed them, but they have made tremendous progress since coming into care, but they do have some medical needs like their dental work." That dental work is affecting both girl's speech, but it's getting better.

Austin, Heather and Sierra aren't usually far apart. "I love my sisters," says Austin with a smile. He goes on to say, "We usually play and talk about stuff and things."

These children would do best in a two parent home, but the one thing they need most, is the Gift of Love. Brook says, "If you talk to Austin, he very much wants that forever family." For himself, and his two sisters.

If you'd like to know more about these siblings, or how to become a foster or adoptive parent, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.

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