SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - They're 10-year-old twins born 12 minutes apart. Adriel wants to be a pro basketball player, and Gabriel wants to be a police officer, but what these boys are missing are parents to help them fulfill their dreams. We first featured these twins seven months ago, but they are still waiting for a forever family.
Adriel and Gabriel are healthy eaters, and they're athletic too. So they felt right at home with Chargers player Darrell Stuckey at a recent photo shoot for the 2013 Join the Team Calendar, a partnership between the Chargers, San Diego County and Adopt 8 to spread the word about adoption.
The twins are hoping there's a family out there to fall head over heels over them.
"These kids definitely are very happy and very pleasant to be around and it was just an amazing experience," Stuckey said. "It's very refreshing to know that kids can look past the things they can't control in their lives and focus on the now and have fun and just enjoy life as it comes, because, once again they're kids, they should be enjoying their lives."
"They've been through a lot and they're amazingly resilient boys, and they still hold out hope," protective services worker Nicole Espinosa said.
Adriel and Gabriel want nothing more than to have a family to call their own. They've had to move time and time again in the foster system, and are tired of wondering when they'll have to pick up and leave once again.
"I'm done moving," Adriel said.
"I'm done moving too," Gabriel added.
But at least these boys have had each other to lean on through the years. They have a special bond and are certainly quite the team, helping each other when necessary, but not afraid of a little friendly competition.
Adriel and Gabriel are also kind, offering to help carry our tripod and then asking lots of questions about our equipment.
"They're inquisitive boys, they want to learn about everything, anything new they're exposed to. They want to tell me all about it, which is good, they want to learn, and they do well in school. They have little struggles because they've moved and haven't had consistent schooling, but once they get in a school and don't have to leave they'll really flourish and do amazing," Espinosa said.
If you're interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U during normal business hours.
And, we'd like to thank local photographer Huy Nguyen for taking the Heart Gallery portraits you saw in the story.
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