Children Are A Gift: Kiarah & Lyrica

Children Are A Gift: Kiarah & Lyrica

TYLER (KYTX) – Kiarah and Lyrica are best friends. These sisters have spent the past four years in foster care.

"They have been separated for a very long time in different foster homes and have just been placed back together. They seem to do better when they are together. That is one of their main wishes is to be adopted together," explained Kim Rhodes, their CPS Caseworker.

Lyrica said, "It's important [to stay together] because when we grow up we can't be with each other as much so that's why it's important to be with each other when we are little."

10-year-old Kiarah is the big sister. "I like going outdoors, riding 4-wheelers, riding bike, watching TV and being on the internet." 

She is going into the 6th-grade and likes school. "I make all A's and I want to be a scientist," she said.

Kiarah is working through a lot of disappointments in her young life.  Rhodes said, "A lot of people have not followed through with what they said they were going to do for her and to be there for her, so she has a difficult time trusting adults."

And she's very protective of her sibling. "Because she's my little sister!"

Lyrica is 8-years-old. She's very outgoing and girly and about to start the 3rd-grade.  "I love school. I like to color, write, draw pictures for my caseworkers, write them letters and color them pictures. I like every color except black and gray," she said with a big smile.

Despite lots of uncertainty in her life, she remains positive.  "She's got a lot of knowledge about what she's been through and talks about still having hope," Rhodes said. 

Both girls have made a lot of progress in foster care and find joy in singing.  "A car ride with them is a really fun experience because they keep it going with all the music."

And they enjoy being in the church choir for more reasons than just the music.  Kiarah said, "It teaches us to worship God and not any other idols."  And Lyrica goes on to say, "I learn about God and how important he is and how he really gives us things like a bright future."

Two young girls with the hope of a bright future and a prayer for a forever family.

"I think they are excited about having their own family where they won't have to leave because they've had to move so many times," said Rhodes.

"A family who will love me and care about me and take care of me," stated Lyrica.  "A family who cares and listens to what we say and understands us," added Kiarah.

A family who can shower them with all the attention, acceptance and love they deserve and need.

To inquire about an East Texas foster child waiting to be adopted call 903-533-4242 or email


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