A Place to Call Home: Jaydon and Tanner

Brothers looking for a family to keep them safe

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Today is Halloween, and of all the frights and haunts, perhaps none is worse for a child than the idea of never having a permanent home.

As two brothers celebrate this fun, festive holiday, they are hoping a family out there will bring them home.

The skeletons, frightful insects, and demon angels have nothing on these two. Jaydon, 12,and 10-year old Tanner have lived their own real-life horror.

"It's not like you're locked up," describes Jaydon. "You can ask to go to your room and you can go. It's like a home, but you have different ages there."

Jaydon explains what life is like in a group home.

His brother, Tanner, lives there, too. They were taken from their mom in 2009.

But this day is not about the haunts of the past, it's all about picking the right Halloween costume. When all was tried on, including masks and cowboy hats, their choices were easy. Tanner is choosing to be Sheriff Grimes for Halloween. Jaydon is in a ghost face costume with a scary bleeding mask.

"We won't be able to go trick or treating," says Jaydon. "They're gonna do a play so I might be able to dress up."

Part of living in a group home includes no trick or treating on Halloween. These boys can only dream of what a permanent home is like.

"I want a home with a family that would love us," says Jaydon, "And help us with our need and help us when we're sick."

"I wanna be placed with my brother," says Tanner.

And DHS wants these two to remain together, too. They are all that's left of their family.

"Hopefully I get the right family so I don't have to get back in care," Jaydon says. "And I hope it's soon so I don't have to wait any longer."

Spirit Halloween donated those costumes to the children. Special thanks to managers there for making it a fun afternoon.

If you would like more information on Jaydon and Tanner or any of the kids in foster care click on the Arkansas Department of Human Services adoption website. There are no costs associated with adopting a child in state care.


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