Thursday families will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. The holidays can be agony for children waiting to be adopted. This week we have another Wednesday's Child Success Story on a family who adopted two boys, and we take a look at one young man whose family traveled thousands of miles to give him a permanent place to call home.
Bryan is a student at Northwest Rankin High School. He's a soccer player, and is doing his senior project on adoption. He says his parents decision to adopt him saved his life. Bryan was adopted from Costa Rica when he was 3 years old. He is proud that out of 10 children available his parents chose him.
"I thank God for putting me with this family because if I didn't I wouldn't have the life that I have now", said Bryan.
Michael and Cari did not have to travel as far to find their sons, 10 year old Jacob and 8 year old Bridger.
"Really as soon as I saw this guy here in a cowboy hat and him with his crazy red hair, I couldn't resist and really we were chosen immediately as their potential family", Cari said.
"We weren't given children of our own but now we're able to get them a different way and it's just been thrilling. These two boys are awesome and we're looking forward to adding to the family", said Michael.
Having the boys has meant changes in their routine but Cari and Michael say nothing outweighs being parents.
"Definitely are more calmer, they're a lot more calmer. They've changed a lot, just being more respectful and all of that", Cari said.
"There's a little bit more Advil sometimes, but just having them and having them call you Mama and Dada, as they say, it's just a thrill to have a noisy home sometimes", said Michael.
The boys say they are thankful they have their own mom and dad and a real home.
Tell me the most special thing you do with your Mom and Dad? Love", Jacob said.
"It feels good because we finally found a new family and I'm happy to live with a loving and caring family", said Bridger.
There are currently more than 500 children waiting to be freed for adoption in Mississippi. Over 100 are ready and waiting for their forever families.
To learn more about adoption through the Department of Human Services, 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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