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Brothers went from living in a car to finding their forever family

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COMMERCE, MO (KFVS) -

There's proof that it doesn't matter where you come from, there can be a happy ending.

Three brothers who spent their early years living on the streets now look forward to their future thanks to the generosity of a Scott County family.

The boys are now in their teens, and are no longer worried about where their next meal will come from, or where they'll sleep.

Instead, they are dreaming about their futures.

"It's been an incredible journey," said Susan Bailey. 

Bill and Susan Bailey went from having a big empty house, to a house full of boys.

"You get this overwhelming sense of needing to do something," said Bill Bailey. 

The Bailey's first became foster parents to Brian, Cody, and Cory.

"I kept bouncing between foster homes and different homes trying to find a family just right for me," said Brian Bailey.

He says he lived in a car with his brothers and his mother in St. Louis.

"You'd sleep together, try to warm up because you couldn't keep the car on," said Brian Bailey. "We slept in parking lots."

That's until the day Brian and his brothers ended up in the hands of the state.

After many foster families, they wound up in Commerce, MO.

"They needed a male figure in their lives, somebody to look up to," said Susan Bailey. "The women were evil monsters, the women in their lives always let them down."

Susan said she had to work extra hard at gaining their trust, until one Mother's Day they called her mom.

"It's all about time, and not having expectations," said Susan Bailey. 

Brian is now 17, Cody 14, and Cory 13.

They are adopted members of the Bailey family.

"I got dealt the wrong cards, and had to play them the best I could," said Brian Bailey. "Must have got a lucky card though because I got this life."

The boys have found structure and life lessons not only through their parents, but through Boy Scouts.

Brian's now finishing up his Eagle Scout merit badge.

"It helps me become a better man," said Brian Bailey.  

It's an inspiration to others that no matter what happened in the past tomorrow can be better.

"It's a beautiful thing," said Brian Bailey. "It's really nice to have someone who will love you and cherish you."

The boys' parents say for those considering fostering and or adopting, it's tough but so worth it.

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