Getting to spend time together is always a treat for these siblings who are separated in different foster homes.
"They have a really close bond, and they love it when they get to see each other, and we just want to make it a more permanent thing for them," Sara Boyd, their caseworker with Grace Manor in Tyler, said.
Staying together is important to Erica and Nichalas, or "Nick" as he prefers.
"'Cause she's my sister," he said.
Nick is a happy boy with a good sense of humor and is always joking.
"He's a strong-willed child, but he's very sweet," Ms. Boyd said. "Normal behavior for a boy nearing his teenage years, but he does well with redirection."
This 11-year-old is in the sixth grade and does well in school.
"Math, reading and science are my favorite 'cause I'm good at them," Nick said.
He wants an active family who will let him play sports.
His sister Erica is also a joy to be around.
"I love ice cream. Choco-late is my fav-orite," she said with a warm smile.
Erica is a beautiful little girl with a wonderful personality.
"She's spunky and happy," Ms. Boyd said. "She will just talk to you about anything. She's just a really happy little girl."
Like most 9-year-old girls, she enjoys dressing-up and shopping.
Erica does well in the fourth grade, but is tired of switching schools.
Erica said she stays positive by following her faith.
"I got baptized and asked Jesus into my heart, so I want a family who goes to church," she said.
Both of these polite children are looking to their future.
"I want to be a Marine when I grow up," Nick said.
Erica added, "I sometimes like to draw because I want to be an artist when I get older."
They are hoping for the support of a forever family to reach those dreams.
"I want a family who really loves me and will pay attention to me. I just really want them to love me for who I am," Erica said.
"They are two very sweet kids, needing a good home," Ms. Boyd said.
To learn more about Nichalas and Erica, join Gillian Sheridan for her Children Are A Gift report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 News at 10. You can also find information at www.cbs19.tv and www.tylerpaper.com. To inquire about an East Texas foster child waiting to be adopted, call 903-533-4242 or email email@example.com.