Gift Of Love: Chelsea And Dakota

Chelsea and her little brother Dakota are similar in that they both like games and both are athletic. But, that's all they have in common when it comes to their personalities.

11-year-old Chelsea is very outgoing and likes to talk, about anything. 8-year-old Dakota is quiet and keeps things inside.  Smiles are hard to come by around strangers, but he will tell you about his favorite food.

"Eat pizza," said Dakota.

Despite their differences, they're inseparable.

"Cause he takes up for me all the time and he's always been there for me and I've always been there for him," said Chelsea.

"I love my sister," said Dakota. These siblings have been in foster care just over a year, removed because of neglect. Their mother was hooked on drugs. In the past year they've moved to several different foster homes. Starting over each time is difficult for them.

"It's weird. Schools are different. You meet a bunch of teachers."

"The fear of the unknown is hard on them, both of them, but especially Chelsea," said  CPS caseworker David Goodwin.

They need a stable, patient family willing to give them time to trust and bond. Chelsea needs someone who will praise her for her accomplishments, building her self esteem. Dakota needs someone who can help him open up and share his feelings.

"I just want to stay with my sister," said Dakota.

Finding the Gift of Love will make that possible. If you would like to learn more about Chelsea and Dakota, call our Gift of Love hotline.

The toll-free number is 1-888-KIDS-275. You can also log onto our website at to learn more.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting.