ROCKFORD, Mich. – FOX 17 spent Wednesday afternoon at Pando Park with three incredible foster youth who are looking for forever homes. Two of them -- 14-year-old Jeff and nine-year-old Jacob -- are brothers who are desperate to stay together after spending several years in the foster system.
"We would want to go fishing and ride snowmobiles, go sledding or horseback riding," they say.
They’re adventurous brothers -- who dream of parents to share those kinds of experiences.
Jeff takes on the role of a father figure for his younger brother.
"I taught him how to ride a bike," he says. "I teach him how to do stuff that he doesn’t know how to do."
Jeff and Jacob are determined to stay together after seeing so many siblings separated in the foster system.
"He loves to play around, joke around," Jeff says of Jacob. "He’s very funny and he’s very caring."
The third boy -- 14-year-old Cody -- has been searching for a family of his own for more than nine years.
As he yearns for a role model himself, Cody craves a mother’s love and affection.
"I would say 'Mom, can you help me?'" he says.
Cody’s focus is on a family with strong faith.
"I like a Christian family because then we would go to church on Sundays all the time."
He loves basketball and soccer -- and dreams of becoming a DJ when he grows up.
"I like techno music and I like dub step and I like to dance too," Cody says.
Cody says he’s kind and caring -- and wants a family that takes care of each other.
"I'm looking for a family that cares about me and I’m looking for a family that has little siblings so I can watch out for them," he says.
All three of these fun-loving boys are so eager to find stability and love -- and enjoy the simplest of things with parents who care.
"As long as we’re together, I don’t mind," Jeff says.
If you’re interested in adopting Jeff, Jacob, Cody — or any other youth from the Michigan Foster System — call Orchards Children’s Services at 1-855-694-7301.
A special thanks to Pando Park for welcoming FOX 17 for this Forever Home taping.