Close Sisters Seek A Loving Forever Family Together
Japiera and Jamya go bowling.
Japiera and Jamya are more than just sisters. "I love her so much. She's like my best friend," said Japiera.
This 12-year-old and 8-year-old have gotten even closer spending the last two years in foster care. "They definitely want to stay together as sisters. They've always been together," said Lori Sutton-White with Child Protective Services.
Japiera is the big sister. She is well-behaved, and likes things neat and organized. Her favorite subjects are math and science. "I'm doing good in school. I am making A's and B's." She goes on to say, "I like to write. I would one day like to write children's books."
Japiera is caring, but cautious and could use some help boosting her self-esteem.
"She has not been given all of the attention she deserves growing up. If you try and pay her a compliment she's going to turn it around and pass it on to her sister," Sutton-White said.
Like her sister, Jamya too is a loving and considerate child. "I like to go play outside. I like to ride my bike and I like to go swimming...I [also] play with Polly Pocket and a Barbie doll," she said.
"She is always looking to be the center of attention. She has a ton of energy," said Sutton-White.
This young girl is about to enter the second grade. "It's awesome! I like doing my work and don't cheat [off] nobodies paper."
These siblings need a home that will provide structure, emotional support and positive reinforcement.
"They've had so many unexpected changes in their life. It's just going to take some time to trust adults and truly be comfortable and secure in their environment," Sutton-White said.
The thing they want most is to have a family to call their own. Japiera said, "I want a real family to take care of me so everybody doesn't have to say. 'Are you in foster care? You don't have a real mom and dad?' So I want to be adopted to say, 'I do have a mom and dad!'"
To learn more about Japiera and Jamya, join Gillian Sheridan for her "Children are a Gift" report, Tuesday night on CBS 19 ten @ 10. You can also find information on CBS19.tv and tylerpaper.com. To inquire about an East Texas child waiting to be adopted call 903-533-4109.