HUMBLE, Texas – Four siblings separated in foster care are hoping for a permanent reunion. They will meet potential “forever families” during Child Protective Services’ annual adoption festival Friday.
When they’re together, Brian, Austin, Edwin and Sasha feed off one another. They share likes and one, simple dream.
“(We want) a loving family with a father figure and a mother figure,” Brian said. “(It is) so that my little sister and my little brothers and myself will have someone to look up to as a role model.”
Brian is 13 years old. Sasha is 10. Edwin is 8. Austin is 4. All are waiting for adoption. They have been for years. Four times, adoption seemed close.
“But then something happened and the adoption was canceled and we didn’t get taken in by anyone,” Brian said.
CPS said most families approved for adoption want just one child. However, Harris County has 1,500 children available. Almost 40 percent have siblings in foster care, too.
“So, whether it’s one, two, three or four, most of our children have a sibling,” said Gwen Carter, a spokesperson for CPS. “Somebody they want to be placed with, live with grow up with. For most of our children, that brother or sister is the one consistent, stable thing they know.”
It is why CPS throws adoption festivals every summer. Couples and kids meet and play games. Last year, there were 10 adoptions.
Friday, there is a festival in Katy. Brian’s siblings will be there hoping to find “forever families” and hoping to beat the odds. They even know what kind of parents they’ll find.
“Nice, respectful, understand and have love in them,” said Edwin and Sasha.
Whatever happens, they plan to stick together.
“I have to be there for my siblings,” Brian said. “Because if I’m not there then who will be?”
Families approved for adoption by CPS can register for Friday’s adoption festival.