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Gift of Love: Angelica, Miriam

Angelica and Miriam are part of a sibling group of four. They were removed from their home seven months ago because of abuse and neglect. "When they first came into Foster Care they were very very withdrawn, no facial expressions. You could almost jump in front of them to scare them and their facial expression wouldn't change. They were very sad children," explains Jennifer Halliburton with Child Protective Services. She says the changes they have made since March are amazing. Their sweet smiles now brighten a room, and they laugh and play like other children their age. Angelica is three years old. She likes putting puzzles together and playing with dolls. She was a little unsure of our camera at first, but after a while, she warmed up. Jennifer says, "Angelica is very very pleasant. She's almost always in a good mood never fussy. She shares really well with her siblings and she's just a great little girl." Two year old Miriam warmed up to us a little faster. She likes to have someone to play with and interacts well with other children. "She's just a delight to be around. She's a real happy little girl and when she bonds to somebody, she bonds." Jennifer goes on to say, "She likes to be held and read to and rocked, that's one of her favorite things. She likes her shoes. When she gets new shoes she's extremely happy." Both girls are healthy and have no behavior problems. They're on target with their development. One challenge a family may face is communication. However, both girls are making progress learning English. "At two and three years old they should be fairly verbal and they're not there yet. So a couple with a lot of patience and a lot of love to give is going to be what they need," says Jennifer. Angelica and Miriam will need a lot of one on one attention, something they haven't had before. "These siblings have been each others support systems their entire lives. They're very bonded to one another. They have a good relationship with one another." Jennifer adds, "They get along well and they're a family. They're just a family without parents right now." But for these two adorable girls, having the Gift of Love will allow them to take flight, with endless potential. Next Monday at six and ten, you will meet their other sister and brother, all hoping to be adopted together. In the meantime, if you'd like to know more about Angelica and Miriam, or about how to become a foster or adoptive parent, call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.
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