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Adopted teens share their story of adoption

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LAWTON, Iowa (KTIV) -

Most kids waiting to be adopted are about eight years old. But each year 26-thousand young people in this country "age out" of the foster care system by turning 18. Anthony Habeger of Lawton was adopted as a teen by a family that had three biological kids of their own and three other adopted children.

"I was adopted when I was 14, and it feels good because you know, and it's not as heart-wrenching if you find out they aren't your real parents, but you still have the same feelings for them," Anthony Habeger said.

After two years, Habeger says he feels very connected to his new family but says it took time to adjust to his new surroundings.

His adoptive brother Alejandro officially became part of this family when he was 18. Even as a teen Alejandro says he was still searching for a family to call his own.

"It's changed a lot, I'm going to go to college now, I got a future job going now, if I do good in college...I'm not depressed, my life is full of joy, it's full of faces, it's full of help, and that's the main thing, it's helped," Alejandro Habeger

Mom Tina Habeger jokes, at one point she thought she'd only have two kids.  Now she can't imagine her family any other way... and says she looks forward to lots of weddings.

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