Family Comes Together for Christmas

December 12, 2011 Updated Dec 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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December 12, 2011 Updated Dec 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM EDT


Holland, N.Y. (WKBW) - Kristin Calteaux, 7, had one Christmas wish for years.

"Living in a home that didn't have drugs," Calteaux said.

This wish was not only for herself but her two younger sisters after years of neglect and abuse. Then, one day her dream came true.

"Before we got married we knew we wanted to adopt," Heather Calteaux said.

Parent Heather and Michael Calteaux first took the girls in to foster. They then wanted the girls to become their own, not only to enrich their family but keep the girls from being torn apart by being adopted by different people.

"Although they were not bonded to me by biologically I couldn't see them being separated they were put together at from birth. They were many different foster homes before getting to us so it was a tough ride," Calteaux said.

So Kristen, 7, Kalin, 5, and Korina, 4 came to live with Heather and Michael but the girls didn't just receive new parents. They also got an older sister Madison, 10, and a baby brother David. Korina Calteaux has one favorite part of having a family.

"Having my baby brother," Korina said.

Sister Kaylin has another favorite.

"My sisters and my mom and dad," Kaylin said.

New sister Madison said it's just nice to share Christmas with the ones she loves.

"It's nice to wake up and have a family to open presents with," Madison said.

The girls were adopted through a local agency called GA Family Services. Maggie Dreyer with the agency said the girls have been through a lot but things are looking up.

"A lot of the children who come to us based on trauma do come in with symptoms and behaviors that warrant intensive care," Dreyer said.

They are now getting the care they need. Kristin being the oldest of the three, had to bear a lot of the burden as they went through one terrible home after another. She has a different reason to be thankful for her family this Christmas.

"They don't do drugs and they care about me," Kristen said.

The girls have been in the home for about two years now and it's that loving care that has put them back on track physically and emotionally. Now, they plan to have a Merry Little Christmas with their troubles miles away.