KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville community and the Knox County Circuit Court have helped the dreams of many children and families come true in east Tennessee just in time for the holidays.
November is National Adoption Month and every year before Thanksgiving, several children get a permanent home. It raises awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for a loving family.
“Today is kind of bittersweet. It has been a long time coming. Really it has been an honor and privilege to get to love them these last eight months, just to have it official and get their names changed and be officially my son and daughter, it’s overwhelming but wonderful,” said Laura Mitchell.
Mitchell adopted siblings Anna Elizabeth and Luke Aaron Mitchell on Thuesday. Mitchell says she has two other foster children and loves her growing family.
“Foster care has changed my life and it’s what I feel like God’s called me to do. And he has just given me beautiful children to call sons and daughters,” said Mitchell. “They’re just kids. They need a home and they need somebody to love them unconditionally and support them and it’s really just an honor. They add so much joy to our family and we just love them.”
Samantha and Scott Tapp have been foster parents to Zylus, 2, since he was six months old. He took home their last name on Thursday.
“Everybody has embraced him and he’s a member of the family for sure, so we’re happy we can give him the opportunities and love him,” said Scott Tapp. “He definitely brings the life back into the home having older kids now and it’s so rewarding to not only share your life, but share your love with them. And it’s really important to give them that because every kid deserves a home with loving parents.”
A total of 25 children now have a permanent home after being adopted Thursday through the Knox County Circuit Court.