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Two brothers hope to be adopted together

Brothers Leon and Hakeem have spent the past four years in foster care.  They are legally freed for adoption today through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. (Source: KPLC) Brothers Leon and Hakeem have spent the past four years in foster care. They are legally freed for adoption today through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Today in Southwest Louisiana, 64 children ranging from infants to teens are ready to be adopted.  Two of those children are brothers, who we first featured in 2014 in The New Family Tree.

Ten-year-old Leon and nine-year-old Hakeem have watched two of their siblings move into adoptive placements, as they continue to wait in foster care.

The brothers have been in state custody for four years now.  When we featured them with their brother and sister two years ago, it was a reunion that brought out so many emotions in the children, who had been split into different foster homes.

"I miss my brother and sister," said Hakeem.

Over the past four years, Leon and Hakeem have stayed together in Mary Williams' home, where she has seen them grow tremendously.

"They're very obedient," said Williams, "they have wonderful manners."

Williams says she is mom and dad at home and the boys long for a forever family with two parents.

"Because it could help us," said Leon.

Both Leon and Hakeem are quiet when you first talk to them, but there is much more to these boys after you scratch the surface.

They love sports, good food, and understand what adoption means.

"It means that you'll be in your forever home," said Hakeem.

These brothers hope it is a home that will keep them together, after dealing with the pain of separation from their other siblings.

"It is important because I don't want to be apart from him or be by myself," said Hakeem.

Those are fears that are hard to hear expressed from a young child.  Still, Hakeem and Leon are opening themselves up once more in the hopes that the outcome this time is their own adoption.

These brothers are legally freed for adoption through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.  Adoptions through foster care typically cost under $500.

The first step to take if you are interested in learning more about the foster-to-adopt process is to call the Lake Charles region DCFS office at 337-491-2470 to make an inquiry.

Check out The New Family Tree tab on the 7News Mobile App and here for information on the adoption certification process and foster-to-adopt resources in our community.

Here's a look at the orientation schedule for the next month at the Lake Charles region office, 1919 Kirkman Street in Lake Charles:

*Saturday, October 8 at 10:00 A.M. 
*Monday, October 17 at 6:00 P.M.

The next step after orientation is completion of MAPP classes.  

Saturday classes: October 22, 29, November 5 from 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Thursday classes: December 1, 8, January 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 6:00-9:00 P.M.

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