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Tuesday's Child: Fostering creates a growing family

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Infertility affects more than 6 million couples in the United States. Many of those people are searching for ways to start a family that works for them. For one local family that meant foster care. 

After Christie and Andrew Green had been married for three years and tried continually but unsuccessfully to start a family of their own, they turned to Hope and Home. Some of their friends had introduced them the the process, and as Christie explained, "It turned my world upside down. We just felt the holy spirit tugging on our hearts saying you need to take these kids."

In the summer of 2015, the Greens got their license to foster to adopt through Hope and Home. On that very same day they met three beautiful kids that would later call them mom and dad.

"We had never been parents before. We had to learn a lot on our feet," Andrew said. With some help from family and friends, their dreams of a growing family started to become a reality. "One day he just came up to me and called me mom, and I knew in that moment he had attached me as his mom," Christie said about their oldest child.

Six-year-old Malachi, 4-year-old Ezra, and 3-year-old Sophia came from a home filled with substance abuse and neglect. "They came in and couldn't even say their own names, and now Malachi is six and reading," says Christie, who also happens to be a teacher. In fact, she will be Malachi's teacher in the upcoming year.

Christie and Andrew say it's been amazing watching each of the kids hit new milestones. It's not only the kids who are growing, but also their parents. "We really started falling in love with them," Andrew said.

It wasn't what Christie or Andrew had envisioned early on, but they say they certainly cherish it now. Christie says it was a long and sometimes bumpy 622-day journey to adoption, but she says she would do all over again.

"We knew we were loving them and giving them the example of family and love. If I know I can give that to them for a week, they will have that forever," she said.

Malachi echoes the love: "We are her kids forever and his kids forever."

After taking the leap, Christie says if she could tell those on a similar path one thing, it would be to overcome fears and give it a try. The Greens say they plan to foster more kids in the future. 

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