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4/9/08 Tyler

Gift of Love: Kirya and Kenneth

An afternoon outing, taking in the sights at Brookshire's World Wildlife Museum and Country Store in Tyler. When they're together, Kirya keeps a close eye on her little brother Kenny. The two have been separated in different foster homes the past two years and they are always eager to see each other. She says, "He really likes me and I like my brother."

"They just love on each other and hug on each other and whenever he falls down, she tries to help him up," says Brandi Harris, Kirya's Child Protective Caseworker.

Kirya is not only a good helper, she's a good kid. This typical 4 year old girl likes playing dolls and she enjoys school. Her favorite part of Pre-K? "Reading stories." While we were with her, she proceeded to read the front of her t-shirt. "It says cute and I'm cute," says Kirya with a sweet smile.

She says, someday, she'd like a pet. "I'd like a kitty, that doesn't scratch."

Kenny is 3 years old. This sweet boy has a great personality. He was born a healthy child, but an incident at just 6 weeks old left him with some special needs. "Kenneth has some delays and brain damage from what they thought was a possible SIDS episode in which he was resuscitated. So there is some permanent damage there that he has to over come," explains Lori Sutton-White, with Child Protective Services.

Kenny has made tremendous progress through therapy going from not being able to walk at all, to using a walker and now, even running. He is working on his speech and recently stated school. Lori says, "He's in a program for kids with disabilities and he just started when he turned 3. He's really getting used to that and enjoys being at school with other children."

These siblings need a family willing to except Kenny's limitations while encouraging Kirya to reach her potential. "We feel it's very imperative to keep them together because that's the only link they have to their family is each other," says Brandi.

For now, Kirya says being in foster care has it's advantages. "It has a front door and a back door," she says innocently. But she's ready for a forever family to share with her brother. "She asks me very often if I'm looking for a new mommy and daddy for her," says Brandi.

Hopefully, that search will soon be over and these siblings will be able to grow up together with the Gift of Love.

For more information on Kirya and Kenneth call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, Reporting

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