Willie and Dixie enjoy playing together. They even do their homework together. “They are very, very close. They look out for each other,” said Tara Biggers, their Child Protective Services caseworker.

However, the sibling rivalry does come out from time to time.

“Usually they have a little competition when you are playing games with them together,” she said.

These siblings have been in foster care about a year and a half and are ready to be adopted. The need “just somebody who’s going to be there and be committed to them,” Biggers said.

After sitting down to lunch with them and the Chick-fil-A cow, Willie told me his favorite things to play with are “monster trucks!”

Willie is 5 years old, very outgoing and about to enter kindergarten. I asked him what he will do in school.

“Read and learn my ABCs,” he told me with a mouth full of chicken.

“Willie is on target. He’s very smart for his age.” Biggers said. “He loves to cuddle, but he loves for you to sit and read with him, too.”

His big sister, Dixie, is 6 years old and entering the first grade. She enjoys singing, dancing and story time, but can be shy around strangers.

“She is quite entertaining once she warms up and gets a chance to know you,” Biggers said.

It may take Willie and Dixie some time to trust a new family. They would do best as the youngest children in a family and they would need structure, affection and a lot of love and patience.

These children long to be in a family that will love them and show them affection.

“They are very lovable kids!” Biggers said.

To learn more about Willie and Dixie, join Gillian Sheridan for her “Children are a Gift” report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 Ten @ 10. You can also find information on www.CBS19.tv and www.tylerpaper.com. To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted, call 903-533-4109.

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