VALDOSTA — The Tift County Division of Family and Children Services recently contacted the staff of “The Valdosta Daily Times” about taking out an advertisement. Information that was submitted to the newspaper included a picture of three boys — all brothers — ages 14, 11 and 9. Editors noted that while it’s not unusual to see an advertisement trying to locate a home for a pet, it is rather rare to see one seeking a loving home for three brothers.

“All three have been in the same placement for three years at the (Georgia Sheriff’s) Boys Ranch in Hahira,” said Nerisa Carter, a social services case manager for Tift County DFCS.

Carter explained that she has been unable to find adoptive parents willing to take all three brothers. Most families, she said, want a girl in the mix if there are multiple children involved. Also, there’s some danger that if Tift County DFCS can’t find them a permanent home, the oldest boy, Joseph, may age out of the system, she added. That means the three may end up being separated.

The original advertisement copy states, “These three brothers are looking for a warm, loving family that will love them and be there for them. They have minimal behavioral problems. They are very good, energetic boys with a lot of spirit and love to give.”

The birth parents were unable to provide for the brothers, Carter said. She went on to describe the boys.

The oldest, Joseph, plays football and is in the band and wants to stay in the Lowndes County area, she said.

Nicholas is the middle child. He is quiet around strangers at first, but once he warms up, he is very talkative. He loves to swim and play sports, being outside and running around. He and Joseph enjoy camping and hunting.

Zachary is the youngest. He is very easygoing and independent. He enjoys playing games, coloring, Spiderman figurines and cartoons. Zachary is very attached to his brothers and wants a permanent family that will keep all the brothers together.

The boys are very attached to each other and get along very well with each other and other people as well, Carter said. They are very respectful and caring children who need a place to call home, she said.

To learn more about the brothers, please contact Nerisa Carter at Tift County DFCS at (229) 386-3113.

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