FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Thousands of kids around the country are waiting to be adopted or fostered by stable families. Some families in northeast Indiana believe they were called to make a difference.
"I knew that I was called to be a mom, but I didn't know how that was going to work," said Melissa Montana, founder of the Adoption Celebration.
Almost 20 years ago, Montana found her self single, with a place in her heart that could only be filled with a baby.
"It was a tough journey, but it was worth it all because I was able to bring a baby home from Guatemala. She was just six months old, and that baby is now 19 and in college," Montana said.
Montana started the Adoption Celebration so she could share her story of how she met the love of her life, Lashay, and help other families bring children in need into their lives.
"Even though it was a challenge, it was certainly worth it," she said.
Another family, the Palmers, adopted four-year-old Aaron from China a little over a year ago. They already had two girls of their own, and now they're waiting on baby number four from Kansas.
"When you see the need for the orphans in the world, it's just obvious that we've been given a lot in our lives, and we want to provide for those who haven't," said Jordan Palmer.
The family said as they grow, they'll tell their boys it doesn't matter where they came from.
"Their story is that they are Palmers, and they were brough to a family that loves them," Palmer said.
Elandra Bauman works with the Indiana Adoption Program. She's not only adopted, but fosters children in need of a stable home.
"I have fostered for 10 years with my husband and we have adopted two. We got our middle child, Nikki, when she was two and a half. She's now 10, and we adopted my Samantha... We brought her home from the hospital, and she's going to to be seven, so it's pretty close to my heart," Bauman said.
Anyone who is interested in adopting or fostering a child can visit the website here.
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