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2/15/06 - East Texas

Gift of Love: 3 Siblings Adopted

Another happy ending to report to you involving East Texas foster children. Last July we introduced you to three siblings; Dakota, Trevor and Jasmine. They spent about a year in foster care. In this report, we want you to meet their new family.

January 31st is a day Sherri and Doug will never forget. It's the day they began their family. "We saw them on Gift of Love on KLTV and we knew they were our babies and we never changed our minds from that moment," says Sherri.

They became the proud parents of five year old Dakota, 4 year old Trevor and 21 month old Jasmine, or Jazzy as they call her.

"It's more they've given me the Gift of Love. I've always been pretty selfish. These kids just opened up a whole new thing. Everything I do is about them now," says Doug.

Doug and Sherri held a party at Discovery Science Place in Tyler to mark the occasion. Sherri said to the crowd, "Everyone here has affected us in some way in this journey and we just want to say thank you very much."

This East Texas couple took on more than just the challenge of siblings. Because of neglect, all three children were left with developmental delays including being non-verbal.

Sherri says, "If I'd given birth to them and they came out with disabilities, it would be the same thing. God gave me these three children with disabilities now I learn to work with that and that's what we're doing."

"They have taught us patience. A lot of patience cause they don't think like we do so we have to think like they do. So, we have to change," says Doug with a tear rolling down his cheek.

That unconditional Gift of Love is already having an affect on these children. They are now all beginning to talk. One of Dakota's first words, "Spider man."

Trevor is learning sign language and beginning to sound some words. The boys Speech Therapist, Jane Ferguson, is surprised at their progress. "You just see them picking up things immediately. Just one time you expose them to something and they've got it. They're happy little boys. They obviously love their parents, incredibly."

Jazzy, who was only on a bottle and couldn't even walk when they got her, is now running and eating solid food.

Dakota, Trevor and Jazzy bonded quickly with their forever family. I asked Dakota how long he's going to live with his new mommy and daddy and he quickly replied, "Forever!"

"If you truly love them it's worth any effort. It doesn't matter what their problems are," says Doug.

Dakota looks at his new parents and sweetly says, "I love you mommy. I love you daddy." It's a love these children will keep on giving and receiving.

If you're interested in adoption call our Gift of Love hotline. The toll free number is 1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan reporting.

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