While they aren’t Batman and Robin, Matthew and Jacob are a dynamic duo. The high-energy pair of brothers race around the go-kart track at Castles N Coasters in Phoenix like they were driving the Batmobile. When each is at the helm of a bumper boat, there is a great deal of spinning and splashing and, well, bumping. The two-story arcade packed with games of every description is of some interest, but these two would rather be outside. “A good family for these boys is going to have a lot of energy and like doing outdoor activities like camping, hiking and fishing,” says John Hicks, a child specific adoption recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids. Having a strong male role model in the house is important, too.
Matthew, 11, stars in the role of big brother to Jacob, helping the 9-year-old with his homework and enduring his silly fixation on turtles. “Matthew is a cool 11-year-old boy,” Hicks says. “He loves video games and he loves his brother. He loves his brother more than video games,” Hicks jokes. While it’s usually important for siblings in foster care to stay together, it’s especially so with these brothers, Hicks says. They have a strong bond and support each other. “They really help each other achieve great things,” Hicks says. “They enjoy learning, so they actually work hard to do well in school.”
Both like helping each other and other people in general, Hicks says. “Jacob wants to be a police officer because he wants to be a real-life super hero and save lives,” he says. “Matthew wants to be in the military because he also wants to help the world be better.”
For more information about Jacob & Matthew, please contact John Hicks at (602) 930-4465 or via e-mail at JHicks@aask-az.org.