MADISON (WKOW) -- CJ Klaas and his wife Blair have two young daughters, and a child on the way, but were yearning to connect with a child in the community, and make a difference.
Enter second-grader Tyson.
CJ became Tyson's Big Brother through Dane County's Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
CJ admits to some initial trepidation over adding another child to the family mix, but says program officials were attuned to making a match that was mindful of where he was in his life, and what Tyson's needs are.
CJ and Blair say they consider Tyler an addition to their family - and a wonderful one.
"He's very, very loving, he's very affectionate," CJ Klaas says. "I didn't know what to expect with him, if he would push away affection. He's a very, very loving kid."
"I don't know nobody nicer than them, except my mom," Tyson says of CJ and Blair.
CJ Klaas says Tyson and his three siblings are being raised by Tyson's mom, and says she's been supportive of the Big Brother-Little Brother relationship between CJ and Tyson.
The Klaas family and Tyson play miniature golf, laser tag and board games, and have melded beyond CJ and Blair's expectations.
"He gets along with our kids, we play with him all the time, and it's like having him be part of our family," CJ says.
"If we said, 'This is not going to be good for our family,' then we would have pulled back," Blair Klaas says.
"Every step was an open door. It ended up working out, and I think other people could have the same experience," Klaas says.
CJ and Blair Klaas encourage those who have considered exploring the possibility of becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister to follow through.
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