Sister and brother hope a family will adopt them together

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    Photo Gallery: A Place to Call Home: Daisy and Jacob

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Some say the purest, most unconditional form of love exists between parent and child, but for hundreds of foster kids in Arkansas, they have no parent, no real home, including a brother and sister with a special Valentine's Day wish.

    At Little Rock's Tipton and Hurst, Mario Garcia designs floral arrangements.

    "You're the XOXO good, and you're the sweet talker aren't you?" teases Garcia.

    This day, his number one job is to teach 11-year-old Jacob and his 13-year-old sister Daisy the basics.

    "We gotta cut those down," Garcia said, referring to flowers. "We're not gonna use a knife. We're gonna use these. You got the hang of this, Daisy! You should work here. We'll put you to work in the flower shop!"

    Daisy called the place heaven. The hearts and flowers and plush pink animals are a lot to take in. This is a place to forget for a moment the horrors of her past. Her brother Jacob loved the sweet treats and loved creating a sweet smelling surprise for his sister.

    "Daisy is just a sweet girl," said DHS Adoption Specialist Cathleen Armstrong. "She loves to draw, shy at first, but outgoing when you get to know her. Jacob is a character. He's really funny and talkative."

    Armstrong said this brother and sister need to be together. They are all each other has left.

    "I just miss my whole family," Jacob said.

    "Do you know what love is?" Dawn asked Daisy as she nodded. "What is it?"

    "It's when you .... (shrugs)," Daisy replied.

    Not really knowing what love is this Valentine's Day, Daisy and Jacob's greatest hope is a family to teach them.

    "They've been in and out of care since they were very young," noted Armstrong. "And, now they've been up for adoption several years, and they want a family that's gonna love them unconditionally. They're just a great little pair."

    Jacob does have mild special needs.

    Special thanks to Mario Garcia at Tipton and Hurst for his personal attention and for the flowers and goody bags each child took home.

    Remember, there are no costs associated with adopting a child in state care.

    If you'd like more information on Daisy and Jacob or any of the DHS children up for adoption, click on the Arkansas Department of Human Services adoption website.

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