FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Jeff Crawford and his wife Pamela have fostered 13 children so far. They're caring for three children right now.
"We've had our 14-year-old now for three years and we've had the 7-year-old adoptee. We've had her for a little over 2 years, and then our 16-year-old, we've had a little over two years. When they came into our home they had been from home to home," Crawford explained.
Jeff and his wife changed that. Not only have they provided a home, but a family.
The moment he got called dad changed everything.
They are foster parents through SAFY which stands for specialized alternatives for families and youth.
They help numerous children find matches for homes in Allen County- where housing teens remains a challenge.
"15 to 17 years old, they are a little harder to place sometimes. Sometimes they've been through a little bit more, "Amanda Taylor with SAFY explained.
SAFY wants to help before they outgrow the adoption system.
"We have hundreds at least in Allen County. Our agency right now has 21 beds. that just isn't enough," Taylor added.
Right now they have 5 families going through adoption training, but they're hoping to recruit more.
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