SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) —Seven siblings who range in age from two to 13 are hoping for a new start in the new year.
They have suffered unimaginable trauma but are looking ahead with hope for a brighter future.
Though they smile and laugh like kids will do there has also been heartache and pain for the siblings.
“My parents don't live with us anymore,” said 11-year-old Azaura. “They passed away in a car accident.”
Azaura and her six brothers and sisters were also in the vehicle when it crashed.
“My brother broke his foot, I broke my knee,” she said.
Remarkably, all of the children survived.
“I'm happy that all of us are together and that we're all alive,” said Azaura.
The seven siblings are currently living with one foster family, who's providing much needed stability and normalcy.
"I feel like the family that I'm with is my family,” said Azaura.
But what these children deserve now - is a forever family.
“I want a family that's fun, joyful, and who takes you out places,” said Azaura.
Though their physical scars may never go away, the kids need a support system to help them work through their emotional scars and heal their hearts.
“They are doing artwork, journaling, they've done a lot, but it's a long process, so a family that could be there for them through their different cycles of grief, would be amazing,” said protective services worker Jessica Carter.
During our playdate at Boomers San Diego, I found all of them to be extremely sweet and well-mannered, taking direction so beautifully when I asked them to line up and share their name and age.
In addition to 11-year-old Azaura, there are 6-year-olds Aleecia and Antonio, 4-year-old Aubrey, 3-year-old Angel and Alexander is two.
Their oldest brother 13-year-old Adelino, had tests at school and couldn't join us.
"This has been a hard year for them, it's definitely been a hard and challenging year,” said Carter. "But thankfully they're together now, and we just want that to happen in the future as well.”
The older children, of course, have memories of their time with their parents.
"We'd go up to the mountains every time we knew it snowed,” said Azaura.
But they'd love nothing more than to be part of a new, forever family.
Azaura says getting adopted is her number one Christmas wish.
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