Sweet Siblings Need A Patient, Forever Family
Ladarrion and Ladaja look at all their options before selecting a new fuzzy friend at the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Tyler.
"Do you guys see anything you like?" asks the Build-A-Bear worker. Ladaja quickly points to the pink Hello Kitty, while Ladarrion selects the cute little chipmunk named Alvin.
You can quickly tell this brother and sister love each other. "We always try to keep siblings together, especially kids that are in foster care because due to all of the lose that they have, that's all that they have left is just the two of them," explained Ashley Gipson, with Child Protective Services.
Siblings Ladarrion and Ladaja
Ladarrion is eight years old and in the second grade. He's a kindhearted boy who is very protective of his little sister.
I asked him, "Why did you pick a chipmunk today?"
"Cause I like Alvin. I made him out of cotton," said Ladarrion with a smile.
This young boy likes computers and cartoons. "Johnny Test and Sponge Bob Square Pants," he said.
His little sister, Ladaja, is six years old. She's in kindergarten and loves to cut and paste.
Gipson said, "Ladaja is quiet. She's the shy one at first. Once she warms up to you, she's all smiles and talk."
Both children are delayed and will need help in school. They also need to continue therapy. Despite all that, they try very hard to learn and progress.
"They have the potential to be anything they want to be. There is nothing holding them back at all," said Gipson.
They need a patient family willing to accept them for who they ar. "It will take them time to adjust and that's something a family needs to know. It's not going to be an easy process. They're going to have to adjust," explained Gipson.
And having a forever family is exactly what these siblings need. "When you adopt something, you stay at their forever home," said Ladarrion about wanting to be adopted.
Gipson added, "They're going to bring a lot of smiles and joy. They are both sweet kids!"
To learn more about Ladarrion and Ladaja, join Gillian Sheridan for her "Children are a Gift" report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 ten @ 10. You can also find information on CBS19.tv and tylerpaper.com.