Reporting Timothy McLaughlin
By Larry Kane
Produced by Timothy McLaughlin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Brothers Carlos and José are looking for a home together.
Carlos, 13, loves playing video games and wants to be a baseball player, maybe one day starting for his favorite team, the Yankees.
(Kane:) “What’s your favorite thing in life?”
(Carlos:) “To play baseball.”
(Kane:) “What else do you like?”
(Carlos:) “I play basketball, do every sport.”
Carlos and his younger brother José, 12, love to hang out together. José shares his brother’s love of video games and baseball, and he wants to be a video game designer when he grows up.
Despite going to different schools, they say they’re always there for each other.
They’ve been separated before, but both boys say they never want to experience that again.
“It was weird,” recalls Carlos.
Their social worker, Dulce Meadows, says the boys have a great relationship.
“Watching them together is very special. They have a very normal brother relationship. Carlos definitely take on the older brother role — he is always watching over Jose. But at the same time, José is right there by Carlos — always his right-hand man. They definitely do get in trouble together, but in a good, innocent, young boy way,” she says.
Gloria Hochman of the National Adoption Center, based in Philadelphia, says it’s important for these two to stay together.
“If you think about it, the relationship we have with siblings is the longest-lasting relationship any of us have — longer than with our parents, longer than with our children,” Hochman notes. “So this is the family they know. They count on each other and it’s important that we find a family that’s willing to take both of them.”
For more information about adopting Carlos, José, or any other “Wednesday’s Child,” go to the National Adoption Center’s web site, www.adopt.org, or call 215-735-9988.