KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — About 750 children in Knox County are in foster care. One family opened their home to three, and they ended up adopting them.
The Addington family is big. Katie and Jonathan Addington have 8 children. They fostered three of them.
They learned about becoming foster parents at Knox Area Foster Care and Adoption Ministries.
“When we heard the need in Knox county and just how many kids are in care at any given time, we decided that was something we could do,” said Katie Addington, who fostered and adopted children.
After opening their hearts, they wanted to make their foster children a part of their family forever.
“We had fostered them for so long, they grew into our family,” said Addington. “The adoption day was the legal side of what was already the truth in their lives.”
The Addingtons are changing lives, but mom said it’s the other way around.
“It changes us more than them,” said Addingotn. “It grows you, and makes you stretch, and change. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
May is foster care awareness month. If you want to get involved, KAFCAM offers classes.