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Successful Families

Small Age Difference

Kim and Russell C. from Dallas, Texas

Kim and Russel with their childrenWhen my husband and I started out, we only wanted to adopt one school-age child. But in four years, we ended up adopting six of the 24 foster children in our care and have never looked back. Once we got to know our foster children and saw the need for permanent loving homes for all the kids in the Metroplex, how could we say no? Only one of our eight children (we later had two birth children) was adopted as a baby. All the others were older children (ages 3 to 13 years). Two of our girls were preteens and we were in our 20s.

The small age difference and thoughts of not being able to afford college and life in general made us hesitant to adopt older kids. Now we can't imagine life without them. Our house is loud and hectic, but we love our kids and are always ready to advocate for adoption through CPS/DFPS. Thanks to a caseworker who knew our family intimately, as well as post-adopt services, our family is a series of success stories!

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