November 14, 2013
Updated Nov 15, 2013 at 7:22 AM EDT
Hamburg, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Western New York community has so many loving families and some came to be in a very special way.
“We adopted from Columbia and we had struggled with infertility for a number of years. As soon as we adopted, we found out we were pregnant with my daughter,” Mom Gloria Martin said.
Martin said it's something out of a movie but it happened to her. Now, she couldn't imagine her life without little Santiago and Gabriela.
“They are truly my treasures,” Martin said.
Julie Palmer and her husband had similar infertility issue. They decided to adopt their son Conner. They too got pregnant after the adoption, not once but twice. Now, they have a beautiful family of five.
“We have the same feeling and bond and love for all three of them. Just because they came into our lives differently has had no impact. It really is amazing,” Palmer said.
You may remember a month ago Channel 7 shared Erica McFarland's unique family story. She had three boys biologically and adopted two more little girls.
“God had put the tug on my heart, I prayed about it and he showed my husband that we were supposed to adopt,’ McFarland said.
Now, McFarland has started a group called Chosen at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg. Both Julie and Gloria are involved.
“It really came out of a need for my own family looking for a group that could support and help other families who are adopting or fostering,” McFarland said.
Palmer said she also wants to help other families.
“The people that may be going through that now I can offer the fact that I've walked that and I'll walk through this with you,” Palmer said.
Martin wants to do as much as she can to help.
“I can't adopt 200 kids but I can help people who want to adopt and give back,” Martin said.
Chosen is a support group. They hold events, meetings and prayer groups helping people in the journey of adoption. McFarland said others could get involved as well.
“It's also for families to support. Not everybody is called to adopt or foster but they can help by making a meal or bringing over clothes that don't fit their child,” McFarland said.
Those involved said the name truly says it all.
“Chosen was actually named after a bible verse that says God chose us into his family and we have chosen to adopt or foster children in our group,” McFarland said.
For these children and the families, that choice to adopt changed their lives forever.