Two adorable brothers. Where you find one, the other is usually not far behind. Freddie and Robie are best buddies and they're hoping to stay together.
"He's my little brother and stuff. I like playing with him. I don't want to be alone. I take care of him," says Freddie. "I love my brother," says Robie in a soft, sweet voice.
These young boys like sports, riding their bikes, watching movies and playing games, but their personalities are much different. Freddie is 7 years old. He's the oldest and more outgoing. He likes to entertain. I asked him, "Are you pretty well behaved?" He replied, "Yes, ma'am and I don't get in trouble, ma'am."
Robie is 6 years old. He's shy and takes a little while to warm up. Pulling his hat over his eyes he says, "I have lizards on my hat. I take 'em and put 'em on my ears."
Freddie and Robie have been in foster care for two years. They were removed from their home because of neglect. "They lived in a tent basically. When they were removed they were covered in bug bites and poison ivy. They hadn't eaten very well," explains Lori White with Child Protective Services.
These brothers are hoping some day, they'll know what it feels like to be safe and loved. "I don't have my real parents and I want some real ones and stuff that I can stay with forever and make sure to have nice kids and stuff. It would make me feel happy," says Freddie.
Freddie and Robie would do best as the only or youngest children in a family. They would thrive in a structured, stable environment. Robie will need to continue speech therapy. Both boys are very bright and have a lot of potential.
Freddie is hoping his new family will have a trampoline. "My favorite thing to do on the trampoline is do front flips. I can't land on my feet though," says Freddie with a smile.
Robie just hopes his new family has a yard with lizards. "My favorite kind of lizard is a big one," says Robie.
"Freddie and Robie will bring lots of love. They are very affectionate boys. They are precious. Just precious," says Lori.
These young brothers have been through a lot together, and they're now hoping to share some good memories. Freddie says, "I want the Gift of Love." A gift that will not only help them grow, but change their lives forever.
If you'd like to know more about Freddie and Robie, or about fostering, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-KIDS-275.