As some of you may know, November is National Adoption Month and what better way to kick it off than with a celebration. There were tons of people at Valley Worlds of Fun Saturday morning playing games, eating pizza, and just having a good time.
There were also many different speakers, some who shared their personal stories about adoption and others who told us the facts about adoption. They said many people are foster parents before they actually adopt. What some people don't know is that there is a difference. Foster children still have contact with their biological parents while they're trying to figure things out and adopted children do not.
"The journey can be hard, but we're very normal now. I mean, I don't think of them as adopted. We just live as a normal family," said Deanna Worley, adopted three.
Everyone who's adopted a child said it's not an easy process but certainly something they don't regret. And it's not just the parents who feel that they made the right decision, it's the children as well.
"I would really encourage people that might think that it's something beyond them to just try it. You know, open their home and be their for these children. It's very rewarding. And now we have our four children and life is crazy and chaotic but fun and fulfilled," said Karissa Loring, adopted two.
"It's actually been fun growing up with the Loring family," said Morgan Loring, adopted child.
"It's really fun having a sister the same age because someone can watch out for you and it's someone that you can watch out for," said Olivia Loring, sister.
Organizers said they couldn't be happier that there were hundreds of families and friends who came out Saturday. For more information, contact Carrie Robey at 304-617-3105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.