Six kids, 12 and under, equals a busy household. In a family that size, there's always someone to play with or at least there used to be, before the sibling set had to be separated into different foster homes. But being pulled apart is taking a toll on these children, who deserve to be together again.
Two-year-old Raymond arrived at our playdate first and as his five siblings trickled in it was clear how much they all adore him.
But what is so disheartening is this sibling set of six has been split up and say they don't see each other often.
"Currently they're all in three separate homes in pairs of two and it's really sad. They've lived together their entire lives," said Protective Services Worker Genny Wrocklage.
There's 10-year-old David, eight-year-old Donovan, six-year-old Estella, five-year-old Michael and two-year-old Raymond.
Who you don't see here is their big sister, who is 12.
"She may not want to be adopted and it is her choice at her age, but this is an extremely bonded sibling set of six," explained Wrocklage.
And as they wait and hope for life to get back to normal, they continue on in different schools, different routines.
Ten-year-old David is in fourth grade and jokes that his favorite subject in video games.
And when I asked if the shirt he was wearing was from his school, he looked down, and then I learned the shirt was just a bare necessity. It was from his other foster home, featuring a school that he doesn't know about.
These kids aren't used to wearing the foster system's donated clothing, David told me this is not the life they're used to.
"It's been extremely difficult for them to be apart and it's difficult for them to be in foster care. This is a new experience for them," said Wrocklage.
Donovan told me that he delves into art, when he wants to escape from reality, because he says it makes him feel happy. Donovan likes to get lost in his creations, because when he is drawing nothing else matters.
And if these five siblings had just one wish to make upon a star, it would be all the brothers and sisters living together.
"This is five kids. Most people are sitting at home thinking, I could never take five kids, but they honestly are, they're fantastic, they're well behaved, they listen very well," Wrocklage noted. "They're bright, they're happy, they're loving, they're really, really generous and they're thoughtful."
If you are interested in adopting from foster care, or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U to learn more about getting started or go to their website to take that first step and fill out an adoption form.
Also, the 2012 Join The Team Chargers Adoption Calendar is now available.