JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A sister and brother separated in foster care have maintained a close relationship. 11 year old Akira is very protective of 9 year old DeAundre. She says she has made it her business to try and keep him safe. They hope to find a forever family where they both will be safe on this week's Wednesday's Child.
DeAundre is never far from his big sister Akira except when they are in their foster homes. On our trip to the Natural Science Museum in Jackson whenever he was out of her sight she did not stop until she knew where he was and what he was up to.
"Why are you so protective of him? Because I don't want anything to happen to him, and if anything does happen to him I don't know what I would do", Akira said.
DeAundre attends special education classes, Akira is 6th grade. Akira says her favorite thing to do is sleeping. But she does enjoy school, especially her chorus class.
"I grew up singing at a church, so ..and most of the time I don't , you don't usually hear me sing in chorus class. I like to sing in the shower and stuff like that. That's what I usually do", said Akira.
DeAundre has a problem with his speech but he and Akira have a special way of communicating and even when someone else does not understand what he is saying she does.
"Tell me some things that you like to do. Baseball. He just likes to hit the ball and run", Akira explained.
The children say although they live in separate foster homes they do get to see each other often. They don't want to be adopted unless they are together.
"I don't want to..anywhere I go I have to have my brother by my side. Like right now we're separated. It's okay because he comes over to my house and I go over to his house and stuff", said Akira.
Akira talks about all of her brothers good qualities like being obedient and following the rules. She is hoping there is a family out there who will also see how much she loves him, and why they have to be together.
For more information you can contact the Mississippi Adoption Resource Exchange at 1-800-821-9157.
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