When their natural parents fail them, foster kids come to rely on their siblings for security.
That's why this pair of sisters must remain together, even though there are challenges.
Sofia is the oldest sister, and the one who's physically challenged. As a child who is mostly wheelchair bound, she can't begin to keep up with her 2-year-old sister Alicia, but then again, who could?
Sofia is four and she is far from helpless. She's somewhat paralyzed on her right side, so reaches out the world with her left hand, mostly. And she communicates clearly.
"And that's the great thing about it that the children may have certain limitations like Sofia, but she'll still be able point to her needs, still be able to vocalize and say what she likes and what she doesn't like, and she wants to participate with others and in her environment a lot. So she's gonna try and she does," says Andre, an Adoption Specialist with the County's Division of Family Services.
But mostly, Sofia loves her sister.
"Her and her sister are very well bonded. Sofia, whenever she sees her after 2 or 3 hours, she's like, "Ah! Alicia!" She lights up," says Andre.
Little sister Alicia is just a sprite -- full of life, and very energetic.
"She knows that her big sister gets a lot of attention, so she also wants to get attention. So she'll do what she needs to do to get that attention," adds Andre.
Alicia is smart, polite and plays well with other children.
"She is a child who thrives on structure, actually. She does very well in that sense, but she does well with transitioning and changes. So she's not rigid in that sense. But otherwise, a very typical little girl," says Andre.
These two need a family who can care for Sofia, and keep them together.
"Definitely keeping the children together -- they do well together, they're going to need each other, no separation after this point. A parent who's going to primarily be able to deal with Sofia, and her special needs," adds Andre.
If you think you have the right stuff to be the parents to these two, get the process started by making the call right now to the Adoption Exchange at 436-6335. They'll have the answers for you.