(WBTV) - In July, WBTV launched our new Forever Family program, an initiative to find children in foster care loving adoptive homes - and your response has been tremendous!
Asking us how to get involved and to find out more. Adopting a child from foster care, not only changes their life but it can bring unimaginable joy to the parents who adopted them.
"It is not really different from when I had my own kids growing up," foster mom Glorida Hinson said.
Ken Maxwell with Seven Homes Family Foster Care says the need for help is tremendous in the Charlotte area.
Adoptive mother Heather Still said her family didn't realize that the foster system really existed or what it was about.
"We have so many people tell us, all the time 'I can never do what you do'. But we were those people," Still said. "And when I say to them 'You have no idea how blessed we are to have these children in our home, they have changed our lives. They have made us better people. We are by far the one that are blessed by them'."
Many adoptive parents start as foster parents and go onto stay with the child or children permanently.
Maxwell said many people do not realize adopting from the state is free and actually includes many benefits.
"The kids have health insurance until they are 18," Maxwell said. "If they are 13 and over, they can have college if they go to a North Carolina school - it is free for them. There are a lot of incentives to help because we want these kids in families."
To learn more, contact Forever Family in partnership with Seven Homes Family Foster Care at 1-888-365-FAMILY. Or log onto foreverfamily.org.