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2/8/06 - Tyler

Gift of Love: 4 Siblings Adopted

Over the past six years KLTV has been instrumental in finding homes for dozens of foster children. From time to time we give you updates on those children that we introduce to you every Wednesday night on our 10pn news. This month more success stories. We begin with a sibling group of four in this Gift of Love report.

It was November, 2002. The future of four East Texas siblings was uncertain. Angelica, Miriam, Deloris and Lucas spent about a year and a half in foster care removed because of abuse and neglect.

"When they first came into foster care they were very, very withdrawn with no facial expressions. You could almost jump in front of them to scare them and their facial expressions wouldn't change. They were very sad children," explained Jennifer Halliburton.

Today, they are four happy, healthy children with a bright future. That's because in August of 2003 they found their forever family.

"The first day I walked in to the foster home and Lucas held up his arms he was 17 months old. I went home and I said, 'Do you want to adopt four kids?'"

Leanna and Oscar's quiet home quickly became a busy one, with four children. But they wouldn't have it any other way.

"They mean the world to me," says Ocscar.

"I can't imagine not having them. It's the best decision we every made," says Leanna.

This East Texas couple gave these children hope when there seemed to be none. Their Gift of Love has given these children a chance at success.

Oscar says, "They've really blossomed and come out of their shells and I'm just glad I could give them a good home."

These children came to Oscar and Leanna with a background full of hurt. Now, they are learning lessons that will change their life. "The number one thing we teach them is respect; respect for themselves and respect for others," says Oscar.

"I really think the kids are better off staying together," says Leanna.

And allowing these children to grow up together, with loving parents, is a dream come true for everyone in this forever family. "I love 'em," says Oscar. Leanna adds, "And I'm really glad to have them."

If you'd like information on other children available for adoption call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.


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