November is National Adoption Awareness month. This week we have a special Wednesday's Child success story on a sibling group of four, featured several times, but now they have a permanent home.
"I never thought that we would be adopted," said 16 year old Tumarro.
Tumarro, her brothers Jarard and Julian and sister Octavia were first featured on Wednesday's Child four years ago. They had waited in the system so long Julian did not want to be included in our taping.
"I've been in the system for 6 years, in DHS and we moved 4 or 5 times and it was crazy, but I never thought that we would be adopted because as the years progressed we got older and older and thought we were going to age out," Tumarro said.
"Well it has been a long journey, but we are just blessed to have such a wonderful family. As my sister said 6 years in the system and lots of prayers and lots of support," said 17 year old Jarard.
At the annual adoption celebration sponsored by Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Jarard joined his sister to tell the crowd about their journey to their permanent home.
"I feel more mature now, feel it's just a miracle having a family, a home, people, people who love you each and every day," said Jarard.
Their parents have adopted 5 children. They now have a total of 11.
"We also adopted a younger child, Austin who is now 3 as a baby so we have had 5 adoptive children and we don't think we're done. It's just we get so much more back from these kids it's just totally amazing," said Robin Williams.
"Only 10 live with us, the oldest one is on his own," Craig Williams said.
Sue Cherney, the Executive Director of Southern Christian Services says this is the goal to find good homes for children.
"Particularly children with special needs, those who get left behind, if we don't have a special effort to place them with special families," said Cherney.
Tumarro and Jarard speak to groups all over the state as members of the stand recruitment team. Stand, serve, teach advocate, nurture for a new day is a team of teenagers, 14-19 years old who make presentations to talk about their experiences waiting for permanent homes and encourage families to adopt older children.
To learn more about children waiting for permanent homes, call the Mississippi Adoption Resource Exchange at 1-800-821-9157.
Wednesday's Child is sponsored by Wendy's and WLBT.
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