Most siblings are close, but there is a group of children in foster care in East Texas who are extraordinarily bonded to each other. These siblings stick to-gether. Where one goes, they all go.
"You name it, these kids are all about being a family," Keith Loper, their CASA volunteer, said. "They are one of the neatest sibling groups I have ever worked with."
Christopher is the big brother. He's 14 years old, very athletic, polite and well-mannered.
"I like hunting, fishing, football, basketball," Christopher said. "I also like being out in the woods and just outside. The eighth grade is going great. I have a lot of friends and great teachers."
Loper says Christopher is one of the most loyal and respectable young men he's ever met.
"The thing about Christopher is he is very mature," Loper said. "He's very serious about things. When he dedicates himself to do something he follows through, but he's got that fun-loving side as well. He's just a very, very good kid."
Next is 12-year-old Kiley. She is helpful, always tries to do her best and sets good boundaries for herself.
"I like cheerleading and football," Kiley said. "I love school. I like being in the sixth grade. It's going pretty good. I'm still on the A/B honor roll."
"Kiley is smart, fun-loving and loves to do anything with anybody," Loper said. "She loves the attention and that one-on-one time."
Cassidy is the youngest sister.
"She's the more girly girl of the two," Loper said.
"I like to do crafts and go outside and play," Cassidy said.
Cassidy is described as a silly, fun and happy 11-year-old who enjoys animals. She said she especially likes giraffes "'cause I like how tall they are."
"She's great in school and loves to learn and loves to be around peers," Loper said.
The youngest of the group is 7-year-old Kalob. He's a playful boy who likes to know he's loved.
"If I sit down on the couch he will scoot right up next to me," Loper said.
This first-grader enjoys being creative.
"I like coloring, drawing, board games, and my brother lets me play with his Legos," Kalob said.
While these siblings have different interests, they all feel the same about staying together.
"I can't stand being without my siblings," Kiley said.
"Because we love each other," Cassidy added.
"We get along and stuff," Christopher said.
And little Kalob said, "I would be sad to not see them anymore."
These children need a family willing to accept them for who they are and encourage them to experience life and all it has to offer.
"We would bring a family joy," Christopher said.
"I think these kids would love anybody back who showed them a little bit of that," Loper said. "I can't say enough great things about these kids."
To learn more about these siblings, 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 or www.tylerpaper.com. To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted, call 903-533-4242.