Adding three boys to your family, ages 5, 6 and nine-years-old, would no doubt be a handful, but the brothers you're about to meet would also bring you three times the joy and love. These boys were such good listeners at our playdate at Boomers.
Brothers are supposed to live under one roof and that's what Marcos, Oscar and Gonzalo want more than anything else. Right now, one lives apart from the others.
During our playdate at Boomer's in Kearny Mesa, we noticed just how well these brothers get along, cheering each other on and taking turns when playing.
"They're very supportive of one another and Gonzalo especially takes on that big brother role to the fullest and looks out for the other two a lot, and is sort of the mediator between Oscar and Marcos in a lot of cases," explained protective services worker Robyn Garnett. "They're so adorable, they're all just very energetic, playful, active and very bonded."
The country tries to keep sibling sets together, but it's not always possible due to available space in foster families - and for these boys, being apart is taking a toll.
"They definitely ask, when I visit one or the other, they're asking how the other is doing and when they get to see them," said Garnett.
Marcos just started kindergarten, Oscar is in 2nd grade and likes math, science and art and Gonzalo, who's in 4th grade, is excelling in school.
"He's very bright, top of his class getting really good grades," added Garnett.
And despite the lack of stability in his life, Gonzalo is proving just how resilient he is.
"He's very articulate and through all the things he's been through, and in addition to trying to be that big brother and take care of his brothers, it's just amazing to me to see how far he's come," continued Garnett. "At his age, at nine-years-old that he's been able to push himself, he has a real drive to do well in school. Just on the way here, he was telling me he wants to be a judge when he grows up to help kids who are in foster care. So that's one of his goals and I have no doubt he will someday make it there."
But what Gonzalo and his brothers deserve, to help them down the path to success is a forever family.
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News 8 would like to thank Boomers in Kearny Mesa for inviting our Adopt 8 kids to spend a fun afternoon there. And we would also like to thank local photographer Rachel Rae Stella, with Silent Stories Photography for donating her time to take the beautiful photos you saw in that story.
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