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Torn apart by the foster care system, siblings reunite for one day

Posted at 5:58 PM, Oct 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 12:24:10-04

Siblings torn apart by the foster care system were able to reunite today during a picnic hosted by F.A.C.T (The Foster and Adoptive Council of Tucson) and in partnership with the Pima County Juvenile Court Center. 

One group of siblings consisted of a 10-year-old boy with two younger brothers. 

"I miss having time with them." 

One day a year this event brings siblings together and allows them to forget about everything else going on in their lives that come along with being in the foster care system. 

For these siblings, they get to see each other twice a week. But its often not like that for other families according to Superior Court Judge, Joan Wagener. 

"When we started this picnic in 2004 and for a few years after that, it was not uncommon for the siblings to report that they hadn't seen their brothers or sisters in two or three years." 

Although it is hard to say goodbye, most siblings know this situation is temporary and the love they have for each other will outlast the time they have in the foster care. 

"I tell them I love them and that I'll see them next visit."