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Trio of adopted siblings find new forever home together

October 30, 2014

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Joseph and Sandy have always had a special connection with children. Sandy has a background in social services, working with children in state custody.

“My heart, as well as my husband’s heart, became those children,” Sandy said.

After working with children and having three of their own, Katie, Ally and Blake, they decided they wanted to adopt someday.

The couple became certified foster parents in October last year. Hilary Anderson, senior placement counselor for Youth Villages, called shortly after to place a sibling group of three with Joseph and Sandy.

They fostered the three siblings for nine months before their adoption was finalized.

“Since they have been here, they have grown leaps and bounds,” Sandy said. “When they came to us, their self images were so low they couldn’t look at anyone when speaking or being spoken to. Now they can. They smile with genuine smiles.”

The couple has taught their children healthy boundaries and expectations.

The children are attending counseling and improving in school.

“They adjusted beautifully in their home and get along just fine with their three adoptive siblings,” said Elena Tanase, Youth Villages adoption specialist. “Sandy and Joe have their hands full having to take care of six children, but they are wonderful parents. We could not be happier for these children.”

To learn more about adoption through Youth Villages in Tennessee, visit our website at www.youthvillages.org/adopt. For information about adopting through foster care no matter where you live, visit adoptuskids.org.

On Oct. 2, Joseph and Sandy officially adopted Garrison, Meghan and Nathan.

Youth Villages’ staff were a constant and steady support for the family during the fostering and adoption process. Meg Clement, Department of Children’s Services family service worker, also helped during the process.

“Ashley Cofield, our Youth Villages caseworker, was incredible,” Sandy said. “Supportive, informative, friendly, helpful and concerned. The kids and I grew to love her. Hilary answered any questions we had, supported every decision we made and was just as thrilled as we were when we finally had the children placed with us.”

With the support of family, friends and Youth Villages staff, the family celebrated their happy ending outdoors with cupcakes, apple cider and gifts.

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