HOUSTON (KTRK) --Two brothers are celebrating two years of adoption this Thanksgiving with their new mom.
17-year-old William Swan and his little brother Jacob went through traumatic early years of life, abused by adults.
"My brother was getting beaten every day at my mom's house, my biological mom," William said, "She didn't treat him or me well. She kind of neglected us every day. She would go out different places where I didn't know, leave us in the car, sometimes even leave us on the street."
The brothers entered the foster care system in 2010. Those were rough, unstable years, too.
"We were together for a little bit in different foster homes," William said, "But then there was a peak of like a year or two where he was gone from me."
Then a woman named Christine entered the picture.
"They said her name was Christine Swan," Jacob said. "That's all I knew about her, and then when I saw her, I was like, 'What's gonna happen now?'"
For the first time in their lives, William and Jacob could picture a steady future together.
Christine Swan is uniquely qualified to nurture these boys.
"I'm a CPS special investigator," Christine said, "We are typically involved in child fatalities. We attend the autopsies of deceased children. A lot are of abuse and neglect."
The days of abuse and neglect for William and Jacob are gone.
"I can see that that's just the past," Jacob said, "That's not happening right now."
The months ahead could bring even more blessings.
"They would like to have a sister," Christine said, "So I think we may work on a number three."
If you are interested in researching adoption, visit https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/application/tare/search.aspx/children