They are called "forever" homes and one sister and brother in Buffalo now have one to call their own, thanks to a local family with lots of love to give. Forty-nine-year old Shari Smith and her husband Curtis, in his 60's, completed the final adoption paperwork at the Erie County Family Courthouse Wednesday. The couple officially welcomed four-year-old Deondre and two-year-old Majerae into their family forever. The Smiths already have three biological adult sons and four grand-children. What makes this story even more special is three years ago the couple took in two foster children, Jimari and Nina. When those children were not able to go back to their birth parents, the Smith's adopted them too. Including Wednesday's adoption, the couple has four-new additions to their family!
"I've got several grandchildren and this is it, we've had them a long time we love the kids," said Shari Smith.
Mary Cornwell, the Director of Public Relations for Child and Family Services of Buffalo added,"It's a unique situation because we have two people who...they are not young parents and starting off in life, they are parents who've already done this before but felt they had more room in their hearts and home and more love to share and really wanted to help children in need."
Cornwell says 80 percent of foster children are later be adopted by their foster parents. But there are still a lot of children in need. More than 1,000 children in Erie County are waiting for permanent homes.