Empty Nesters Give Foster Children A Forever Home

Empty Nesters Give Foster Children A Forever Home

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"Our two oldest children joined the military and we had empty nest syndrome," said Kelly Walker.

That's when Kelly and her husband decided to become foster parents and eventually adopted their other two children, Marissa and Payton.  

"Marissa and Payton came to stay with us for a weekend. Payton was 2 and Marissa was 12 and that Sunday Marissa said, 'Do you think me and my brother could live here?' I fell in love with them," said Kelly. 

Marissa and Payton have been a part of the Walker family for more than 4 years now and Marissa says it has positively impacted her life.  

"You go from what you thought you knew how life was going to be to what you actually deserve to have," said Marissa.

Marissa is now a senior in high school and says since she was adopted, her grades have significantly improved and she has become more involved in school activities. 

"That helped me prove to myself that I am worthy enough to play sports, to make it on the honor roll, to be in National Honor Society, just to be smart enough to go to college," she said.  

The home finding coordinator for the Children's Home of Jefferson County says the Walker family is just one example of a family who has adopted after being foster parents. 

"They initially came in just looking to help out the community and to foster and they met some children they fell in love with and those children became part of their forever family," said Megan Badour, home finding coordinator. 

There is a need for adoptive parents in the north country. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the process can contact the Children's Home of Jefferson County at 315-788-7430.

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