August 27th was National Kids Day. It's a time when families are encouraged to spend quality time with children. But sometimes foster children get forgotten since they don't have a permanent family. This year I took two foster boys to Bergfeld Park in Tyler for this special day and we want to bring you their story in this Gift of Love report.
Kyle and his brother Tyler are excited about getting to spend a day at the park, playing all kinds of games.
Kyle says, "I like baseball and I like video games." Tyler says, "I like to eat, draw and play games." Their foster mom, Linda Frazier says, "They're very sweet, loving children."
Kyle is 10 years old. He's in the 5th grade and does well in school. "I make A's and sometimes one B."
Linda says, "Kyle is highly intelligent, fantastic personality, charming, very nice looking, charismatic, just a great kid!"
Kyle's favorite hobby is reading. "I read all five Harry Potter books in 2 or 3 weeks."
Tyler is 9. "I'm a very nice boy," he says with a big smile. He's in the 4th grade and his favorite subject is art. "I made an egg. I made a heart. I made a lot of that stuff."
Linda says, "Tyler is athletic and very outgoing. He tends to be a little moody at times but he's very sweet and very affectionate."
These boys have been in foster care about four years, removed because of abuse and neglect. "It's hard because you miss your family and I can't see them till I'm 18 or older," says Kyle with a sad face.
Linda says, "These boys are very attached and need to stay together." They're not only brothers, they're best friends.
I asked them how important it is for them to stay together. Tyler said, "It's very important because I love him." Kyle added, "It's important because I don't get to be with any other part of my family."
Kyle and Tyler will need a patient family willing to understand the deep hurt they feel and support them emotionally as they deal with their past. In the right family, these young boys have endless potential and they're both ready for the Gift of Love.
"It would make me feel good," said Kyle. Tyler says, "I want the Gift of Love because I want to stay with them forever."
If you'd like more information on Kyle and Tyler call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.
Gillian Sheridan reporting. firstname.lastname@example.org