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Family 411: Forever Families

A 15-year old Florida boy became a YouTube sensation earlier this year when he stood in church and pleaded for parents to adopt him. Thousands of American children are just like him in need of a family.

Sheila Gray has the inspiring story of a woman who saved three of them by giving them a forever family just in time for Christmas.

It's been an extra special Christmas this year for Charlotte Moore and her three sons.

"This is making me feel a little younger.  I'm raising kids again," said Moore.

The 61-year-old mother of five grown daughters adopted Qwaylin, J'siah, and Jason in November.

Jason came to this home as Charlotte's foster son when he was just a few days old.

"I was going to take him home for a couple of days, and he's been here two years now," said Moore.

She's the only mother he's ever known. Big brothers Quaylin and J'siah moved in a few months later.

"I asked them, would it be alright for me to be their mom, and they said yes," said Moore. "I went to my pastor, and he said Charlotte, if you feel that in your heart, then go for it."

The Adopt America Network says right now in the U.S. 130,000 children are in foster care waiting for their forever families.

"What it means is that children have love, that they have someone to call Mommy, have someone to hold them, to be there when they're sick," said Tyra Shellabarger.

This Christmas season, there's just one lesson Moore hopes the boys learn.

"It's not about these gifts. It's about love and trying to do the right thing," said Moore.

The following are websites to help you learn about adoption:
Childwealfare.gov
Adoptuskids.org


 



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