Five more local children have found their forever families, thanks to East Texans' willingness to open their hearts and homes.
It was March of 2010 when we featured Toni and her little brother, Alex, on CBS 19's "Children are a Gift" report.
"We're pretty tight, close, so we stick up for each other and help each other out," Toni told us. Alex added, "I love her. I just love her!"
That bond grew even strong-er after spending years together in foster care.
"My mom was a drug addict and an alcoholic. She left us there for days at a time without food and stuff and no clean clothes to go to school in," Toni said.
"My dad should be in jail like 30 months or something like that," Alex said, with a sad face.
These siblings told us how they longed to be given a second chance at a better life.
"I want a family that doesn't yell almost every day," Alex said.
Toni added, "I'm not really very picky as long as I get an adoptive family who loves me."
Alex and Toni now have that love after finding their forever family.
Then, in September 2010 we introduced you to three adorable siblings named Hailey, Aiden and Blake.
"How'd you get to be so cute?" I asked 6-year-old Aiden. "I don't know," he said sweetly.
They were all bright children who shared a wish to stay together.
"Because they're the only family I have right now and I love 'em," 8-year-old Hailey said.
And they wanted unconditional love — something they never had. Their CPS caseworker Debbi Norton told us what Blake said about adoption.
"These are his direct words," Norton said. "He wants a family that will love him even when he has his bad days."
These siblings now have more good days than bad after being adopted together.
To learn more about adoption and foster care, 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.