Split up in two different foster homes right now, Ladarrion and Ladaja enjoy the time they do get to spend together.
“’Cause I love her,” Ladarrion said. Ladaja added, “I miss him.”
These siblings hope to be together again soon in a forever family.
“They are all they have to each other as far as family goes,” Ashley Gipson, with Child Protective Services, said.
While they both have the same goal to grow up together, they have different personalities. Ladarrion is 9 years old and pretty outgoing.
“I’m a good kid,” he said with a smile. He also likes to be active. “I like to go swimming and ride my bike. I like sports and football, soccer and basketball.”
He’s enjoying the fourth grade.
“School is good and I like math and science and reading and I just like school,” Ladarrion said.
He does need structure to keep him on task.
“He is also going to need that father figure that is going to give him a lot of one-on-one attention,” Gipson said.
His sister is 7-year-old Ladaja.
“She’s the opposite of her brother,” Gipson said. “She’s real quiet. She’s a girly girl. It’s all about her dresses and she wants to make sure her hair is done at all times.”
“I love my Barbie dolls and I like to ride my bike and play outside,” Ladaja said, grinning from ear to ear.
She is in the second grade.
“I love school!” she said.
Like her brother, Ladaja likes to be involved in activities.
“She’s in Girl Scouts and she loves it,” Gipson said. “She’s a Daisy.”
These siblings have had a lot of disappointment. They recently went to their adoptive placement where they thought they would live forever, but when it fell through, they came back into foster care.
“It’s a lot of rejection,” Gipson said. “We prep them in the beginning and tell them they are in their forever home and then for them, it’s like we didn’t tell the truth.”
Trust may take these siblings some time, but with unconditional love anything is possible.
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 also can 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.