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1/18/06 - Tyler

Gift of Love:Brothers Need Good Home

It's hard to find a bond stronger than the one between siblings. That's definitely the case for two brothers in East Texas who ended up in foster care. They hope that bond will soon include a forever family. Here's their story in KLTV 7's Gift of Love report.

Zachary is almost four. His brother Martin is almost three. "They're basically sweet little boys. They are church going children," says Christell Warren.

These friendly young boys would liven up a home. "They need a family that is loving and caring, because they need a lot of TLC."

These brothers have been in foster care for two years, removed because of abuse. Left without parents, Zachary keeps a close eye on his little brother. Christell says, "So, I think it's very important for them to stay together because their ties are very strong."

Big brother Zachary likes to fish, play games and sports and enjoys playing with cars. He's a quick learner. "He's a talkative child. He's a very inquisitive child, a very smart child," says Christell.

Martin will be more of a challenge. Officials believe he is a victim of shaken baby syndrome causing him brain damage. "He's almost 3, but he's been diagnosed as 15 month old," explains Christell.

But the attention he's been given in his foster home is already helping him make progress. Christell says, "From the time that I've had him, I've seen a lot of improvement because he used to cry, cry, cry. Now, he's not that child. He's on a roll for learning. He's trying to count."

Christell says these boys will bring a family much joy, just as they have brought her. "If age would permit me, I would adopt them but being the age that I am, I would be cheating them. I don't feel like it would be fair to them. They need younger parents."

Christell knows the best thing for Zachary and Martin is to find the Gift of Love. Christell says, "I just pray that they get a good home."

If you'd like information on Zachary and Martin call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.


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