RICHMOND, Va. -- Adoptive parents say bringing an older child into a permanent loving home has enriched them more than they thought possible. They say you can have an impact on a child who may not be far from adulthood but who needs your guiding hand.
"They're amazing older kids," Tammy Hoskins, who has adopted eight children, said. "They have their stuff, but I have birth kids that have their stuff, so that you never get one that's perfect. I don't think that anyone could claim that, and it's just really a matter of seeing the kid's potential and help them live up to it, and we've seen kids with amazing strengths and talents and gifts have been able to nurture that and show them that someone does care about them and that someone will be there for them and then to have these kids go off and make their way. It's like I tell folks, it's a long term reward for a short term investment."
Meet Lily, who likes to be called Azi.
Azi enjoys being outdoors and physical activities. She also likes reading books about history.
Azi is also an avid crafter who likes to draw and journal about her life experiences and enjoys listening to music.
In school, her favorite subjects are economics, psychology, calculus, and literature and she wants to go to college and get a degree in physical therapy and technology.
Azi would like people to know she is a hard worker, persistent, and excited about adoption.
Her goal is to become a valued member of the community. She really wants to be part of a family unit again.
If you want to learn more about children in need of homes, click here or call Connecting Hearts at 804-308-5946.
In Virginia, we have hundreds of children who are ready for foster to adoption. In other words, these children are ready to find their permanent and loving forever families. As Connecting Hearts – A Deborah J Johnston Charity, celebrates National Adoption Month, our “30 Kids in 30 Days” initiative is to bring awareness to 30 kids or sibling who are available for forever homes, but also to shed light on the other almost 700 children who may not be seen. Our kids are all ages and races, they were put in foster care due to no fault of their own. To learn more and becoming a foster to adoption parent(s) click here.