Thousands of Iowa children still waiting to find "forever families"
By Jacqueline Quynh, Multimedia Journalist - email
Tonya Schmitz with her two sons
SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) -
More than 6-thousand Iowa kids are in the foster care system. And close to 800 of them are eligible for adoption. November is National Adoption Month.
"I wouldn't want it any other way, they were the best things that ever happened to me," Tonya Schmitz said.
Tonya Schmitz and her husband Rocky are the proud parents of Dominic and Jackson. The two boys were placed in foster care, after their biological parents rights were terminated.
"The moment we met them we knew that they were it," Tonya Schmitz said.
Schmitz said she grew up in a large blended family, and always thought about having kids. When she found out she couldn't have her own she thought of adoption immediately.
"I know what it's like to be wanted, and these kid all they want is to be wanted," Schmitz said.
She says adopting her two boys was a long process. The couple had to be properly screened and fill out a huge amount of paperwork. Once Dominic and Jackson moved in, the couple still had to wait 6 months for things to be finalized. They've now spent a year in their "forever home."
"They bring just as much joy to us even though they are not naturally mine, now we're a family, for how long? Forever and ever," Schmitz said.
"For like 2,000 years," Dominic said.
"For 2,000 years," Schmitz said.
Schmitz hopes her story, will let people who are thinking about adoption know that there are many other Dominics and Jacksons out there, in our own community.
"These guys are local, local kids and there are lots and lots of kids that we learned about in our class that don't have a home that could use a couple of parents who would just love em," Schmitz said.
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