All I want for Christmas is a Mom and Dad

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Christiansburg, Va. (WFXR)- The holidays have arrived, and while many are busy purchasing last minute gifts, it’s important to recognize the core of Christmas… family.

There are around 5500 children in Foster care in the state of Virginia, 35% of those children currently need adoptive placement.

First Home Care Parent Trainer Adasha Studenvant, and Gabrielle Liegey, Child Placing Specialist, introduced us to the Rainey family, a family that has grown each year since 2012.

We started back in 2012, and with our first kid, and we decided we wanted to try it and once we tried this we thought this will probably be the first and last time. Next thing you know, there was “would ya’ll like to have another kid?” and we went on from there.

Stephen Rainey

Stephen and Karyn Rainey each had one biological child separately. After they married they struggled to have a child together. That is when they turned to First Home Care.

In order to adopt, children must be placed in their potential parents’ homes for 6 months through foster care. After that period of time, there are a series of steps and decisions to be made if the parents want to proceed with an adoption.

This is a very trying and difficult process for kids in this system, as they can be moved around, and deal with the anxiety of being “chosen.”

Once they kept coming you kind of fall in love with them and it’s really hard to get them in your house and not let them go. They just deserve everything else a normal kid has and it’s not their fault they were brought to be in a foster home or anything like that, so they need a home and love too.

Stephen Rainey

Stephen and Karyn Rainey now have 8 adopted children.

The Raineys go above and beyond as parents to their children. They put in extra effort into making sure that the holidays are special for each child, even with the shifting dynamic of their family.

Upon entry, the Raineys home looks like a winter wonderland with multiple trees, and beautifully wrapped gifts.

For some of their children, they never truly experienced a Christmas before being adopted.

Although the children are ecstatic to unwrap gifts, eat holiday treats, and create family traditions, the most precious gift is being able to say, “Mom and Dad” and know that they are cared for and loved unconditionally.

For more information on foster care and adoption, click here.

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