Three delightful children; a joy to be around. Michael, Jacob and Mikalya are charming and affectionate siblings, despite a past of abuse. They have been in foster care almost 3 years.
"Their family gave up on them. They were passed around from family member to family member and abandoned by their mom. They've never had a home. It's been very hard on them," says Mandy Bryan, Child Protective Services Caseworker.
These children often talk of adoption. "So I can get out of foster care cause I keep having to switch homes and go to meetings and appointments and stuff," says Jacob.
Michael says, "I love being with parents, cause I'm not on the street like some unwanted boy would be. It makes me sad to think about it."
While it will take time for these children to trust, they are amazingly resilient and very intelligent.
Michael is the oldest. He's 11 and likes sports. "Football, basketball, baseball and soccer. I also like hunting and fishing."
Jacob is 9. This 3rd grade book worm reads at a 6th grade level. "School is good to me. It's fun to me and I do it cause I think. It makes you smarter."
The youngest is 7 year old Mikayla. "I like to go outside, ride my bike, and I like Chuck E. Cheeses," she says with a big grin.
You might notice that big smile is missing a few teeth right now. She counts the empty spaces, "1,2,3,4,5,6,7."
Michael, Jacob and Mikayla hope to stay together.
"If I was a one child it would be boring because I wouldn't have any body to play with," says Jacob.
"I want to stay with my brothers cause they're nice. Sometimes they're mean but I can handle it," says Mikayla playfully.
In the end, their desire to stay together is simple. "I'm not lonely," says Michael.
They depend on each other. Look out for each other, and most of all love each other. A love they hope to share with a forever family.
If you'd like to know more about Michael, Jacob and Mikayla call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.