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2/1/06 -Tyler

Gift of Love:3 Exceptional Children

There are three precious children in East Texas with a lot to offer a family. Michael, Jacob and Mikayla are in foster care waiting for a forever family. They are exceptional siblings and easy to love. Here's their story in KLTV 7's Gift of Love report.

Three siblings, bonded and protective of each other. Unfortunately, they have been split up in two foster homes.

"Well, Michael doesn't live with me but he's still my big brother," says Mikayla with an angelic voice.

Jacob says, "My brother and sister mean a lot to me. I really miss Michael because he has to be at that other place."

"I love 'em both," says Michael.

Michael, Jacob and Mikayla were abandoned by their mother in 2003. "Mother had found a new boyfriend and there were drug issues in both parents past," explains Patricia Skelton, Child Protective Services caseworker.

Next, the children stayed with their grandmother until 2004 when they were removed because of abuse. Despite their past, they are exceptional children. "I have been working with this family from the very beginning. They're just delightful children, enjoyed every minute that I have spent with them," says Patricia.

Michael is 10 years old. He's in the 4th grade and very intelligent making A's and B's. "I have two favorite subjects, science and math."

He's already thinking about his future. "I want to go in the military and after that I want to be a college football player, a Texas Longhorn. I want to be a longhorn, cause they're the National Champs."

Jacob is almost 8. He's in the second grade making straight A's. "My favorite subject is math and computer."

Like his brother, Jacob enjoys sports and school. "I want to be a teacher, cause I just like school and I like to teach."

Mikayla is 6 years old. She's in kindergarten. "She's just really starting out but she's already reading some sentences and she's real excited about that," says Linda Foster, their foster mother.

Mikayla's favorite toy is her dolly. "She goes, snort, snort, snort," says Mikayla giggling.

They are all charming and affectionate children. "They love to be loved on and to be held for a hug. When they're all together. It's like just like three normal children playing," says Linda.

And these kids are ready for a forever family. Linda says, "Jacob asked me what was a forever home and I said that's where you get to go and stay with a mom and dad and you never had to leave. He said, 'Well, when can we go?'"

"They're wonderful children. I just know they're going to make someone's life full of joy. They're beautiful kids," says Linda with a warm smile.

If you'd like more information on Michael, Jacob and Mikayla call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.


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