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5/23/07 - Harrison County

Gift of Love: Brothers Adopted

May 10th is a day that changed the lives of Michael and Colleen Halupa. This East Texas family grew by two. "I wanted more children. I think it's great to have children and I always wanted boys. So, it's good to have boys," says Colleen proudly.

Michael adds, "With the amount of children out there, there are a lot of great kids out there that need homes."

"We had one family that didn't work out so I thought no body's going to want us. Then, one day we found them. It just worked," says Desmond looking at his new mom and dad.

The idea of adoption started many years ago for this couple. Colleen herself was adopted at just 3 days old. When they met Desmond and Noah they knew they were meant to be a family.

"I love them," says Desmond.

"I feel happy that I actually got a family," says Noah with tears streaming down his face. They are tears of joy for this 9 year old boy, knowing he now has the Gift of Love. But more importantly, that he gets to stay with his 16 year old brother.

"I told them they could say whatever they want, we were never going to be split apart." Desmond goes on to say, "I told them they were not going to take him away from me. That's all that I've wanted. He's all that I've had all my life and I wasn't going to loose him."

My brother means everything to me and I love him, very very much," says Noah wiping his eyes.

Because Michael and Colleen already have a grown biological daughter, they made a conscious decision to adopt older children. "If you've been through a teenage daughter, boys are a piece of cake," Michael says with a laugh.

Noah says, "I like being in their family. The best part is having a sister."

For Colleen and Michael, the best part is changing the life of a child, in this case two. "Seeing them smile and watching them have a good time is rewarding," says Michael.

And, it's taught them patience. Colleen says, "It can be frustrating because when you want to adopt children, and there are so many children out there, you want it to go faster than it is and it's a long process."

But one they say is well worth the wait.

On the morning of May 10th, there was a short ceremony, followed by a lifetime of love. After three years in foster care, it's something these two brothers will never take for granted. Noah says, "I now know what it's like to be with a person who loves you very much."

If you'd like information on fostering or adopting, call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free,              1-888-kids-275.

Gillian Sheridan, reporting

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