Wednesday's Child: Finding a home before aging out

12:10 PM, Mar 21, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- Each week we profile children who are looking for a forever family. We update their stories when they have found a loving family.

See Also: More Wednesday's Child stories on 10 News

But have you ever wondered what happens to children who are not adopted by the time they turn 18 and can no longer stay in foster care? They age out of the system and are essentially on their own.

Last year we profiled brothers Randall and Quasan.  Randall is now 17 and getting ready to celebrate his 18th birthday next month.

If he is not adopted, Randall faces being separated from his youngest brother Quasan. Quasan is now 14 and has already seen his oldest brother, Eddie, age out of the system.

Adoptions specialist Krista Linder has worked with Eddie, Randall and Quasan  for several years.  

She says once Eddie aged out it became difficult for him to stay in touch with his brothers, because he moved back home with his biological mother and it was not an ideal situation.

Linder says she did her best to convince Eddie he could have a bright future but it became increasingly more difficult.

Now she is hoping Randall and Quasan will find a forever family  together because they have already been through a lot in their young lives.

She says since November  2000,  Randall has been in 11 different foster homes and Quasan has been in seven. Linder is hoping someone will give these fantastic children a chance.

If you would like to hear more of what she has to say click on the video link.

If you are interested in learning more about Randall and Quasan please call Freddie Brinson at 813-901-3477.