Children Are A Gift: Henry, Brenden, Amacia, Thomas, Alexis, Timothy and Mariah

TYLER (KYTX) - Since KYTX CBS 19 began our Children are a Gift series three years ago featuring local foster children, many East Texas children have gotten adopted. It is a result of the loving and open hearts of so many families in this area. Here is an update on some of the children who have been featured over the years.

We introduced you Henry and Brenden in May, 2010. They were more than just happy brothers, they were best friends.

"Me and Brenden we have lots of fun. He makes me laugh. I make him laugh. We play all together," said Henry. Brenden adds with a big smile, "We love each other!"

At 10 and 7 years old, they were hoping for a second chance at a bright future. "When I grow up I want to be a lawyer because I want to be smart and go to college," said Brenden.

And now their dreams can come true, thanks to finding their forever family.

In May, 2011, you met 6 -year-old Amacia, or "Maci" as she liked to be called.

"She likes to go to dance lessons. She wants to be a ballerina when she grows up," her case worker, Wendy McMillan, told us.

She was a friendly girl, but foster care had been tough on her said McMillan. "She's a lovely girl. I think given the chance to allow her to love and trust another person, she is going to blossom."

Maci is now blossoming after being adopted by a loving family.

Also in May of 2011 she shared the story of Thomas, Alexis and Timothy who were split-up in foster care and wanted to be together again.

"Cause we love each other very much," said Thomas.

Timothy added, "I always miss them and I don't like missing them. I just want to see them for my whole life."

These siblings, ages 12,11 and 8, were ready to start over. "Because I want to have a normal family again," said Alexis, or Lexi as she preferred.

That wish was granted, and these siblings are now back together again growing up in their forever family. She said, "I love them with all my heart and all my sole and with all my mind and with all my strength."

In August, 2011 we took 4-year-old Mariah to Build-a-Bear in Tyler. "I like Hello Kitty," she said making her selection of an animal to stuff.

Mariah was a bright child, but cautious because of her past. She needed a flexible family to help redirect her and bring out her potential. Grabbing her new stuffed friend she asked, "Can I take her home with me?"


Mariah now has a new home, where the love and joy of adoption are helping this little girl gain the confidence she needs.


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