Two Peas in a Pod

By: Leslie Cebula Email
By: Leslie Cebula Email

As soon as we met Karen and William, who goes by Will, at the Parkersburg Art Center they greeted us with bear hugs.

"They bring a lot of love to a home. They will if you meet them you will fall in love immediately there will be no doubt about it," said Melissa Harris, an adoption specialist with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

In many ways Karen and Will are typical kids.
"Will has a remote car that he gets in and drives," Harris said. Karen is a girly girl who likes to help out around the house and play with big brother Will.

"They have a big bond together and they're kind of like twins in that I don't know what they need- they know what they need-and they work together to get what they need," she said.

Harris said developmentally this six-year-old sister and seven-year-old brother duo are on the same level especially in their speech skills.

"Like when we went where their foster mom works they looked over and said "mom" so they can tell you those kind of things but as far as telling you a big story about mom and what mom's doing they can't do that," said Harris.

Will is in a special needs first grade class and Karen is in kindergarten.
Workers are trying to get will into a normal class because his IQ has been improving.

"And I think the more that they learn and the more they're exposed to better environments the better their IQ and the higher it will get as they go," she said.

Harris credits their current foster parents with their speech progress coupled with speech therapy. It's the kind of family they need with parents who will spend time and work with them.

"They need a family that can accept that this may be their limit (in their speech). Hoping that this won't be their limit but as far as care as they get older they may need a lot of care as they get older into adulthood," said Harris.

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In Ohio, you can contact your county children's services office. The number in Washington County is 740-373-3485.

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