It's sibling rivalry at it's best between two East Texas children. Ty and Tonya are in foster care. Although they pick on each other, they want to stay together in a forever family. Here's their story in KLTV 7's Gift of Love report.
Ty and his little sister Tonya wait anxiously to get a wrist band; their ticket to rides at Tyler's Fire Mountain Amusement Park.
Ty is 9 years old. He's mild mannered and just a "good kid." He says, "I like riding my bike most and going to church. I also like swimming, video games and watching cartoons."
This fourth grader also likes school. "I like my teacher mostly. She's nice."
His little sister is "7 years old but I'm fixing to turn 8." Tonya is quick to point out her birthday is next month.
She is a little harder to control than her brother. Tonya is curious and mischievous, although her behavior is improving. She says, "I have a lot of friends. They're nice and they're pretty."
Although these siblings like to pick on each other, they are also bonded to each other. "He's my big brother and he takes care of me. I love him." Ty is not so forth coming with his feelings about his sister. "I like her," he simply says.
"It's always important to keep siblings together. That's their one last remaining tie to their biological family," explains Cindy Whatley with Child Protective Services.
These siblings were removed from their home about three 3 years ago and placed in foster care. "When my mom was at the judge she told him that she couldn't take care of us," says Ty solemnly.
Cindy says, "Their mother was an avid drug user and their father is a registered sex offender."
Ty and Tonya are in therapy to deal with their past and being bounced to three different foster homes is not making it easier for them. "Neither of the kids do very well knowing that there could be an impending move, knowing that they are not in a permanent placement. I think that would be enough to rattle any child really," says Cindy.
An ideal family for Ty and Tonya is one that can look past their issues and provide them with dedication, devotion and most of all the Gift of Love. Cindy says, "There's a lot of room for growth. There's a lot of room for progress and I think any family would be delighted to have any one of these kids."
If you'd like to know more about Ty and Tonya, call our Gift of Love hotline toll free 1-888-kids-275.