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14 children get forever homes on Horry County Adoption Day

14 children get forever homes on Horry County Adoption Day (Ashley Gooden/WPDE)

Nine families grew a little bit bigger on Friday.

Fourteen children were adopted by their forever families during Horry County Adoption Day and a couple of those families let ABC 15 in the courtroom for their special day.

Those 14 children now have new last names, new teddy bears and little footballs, compliments of Judge Ronald Norton, who finalized the adoptions. But, most importantly, they now have forever homes.

For some of the families, it's been a long journey. Kim Myers began fostering Kai when he was 18 months old, he was born with his organs on the outside.

"We don't know if he'll walk or talk, but everything we get is a gift, and we love him," she said.

Kai finally became hers, officially on Friday. He's the 7th foster child to become a permanent member of her family and lucky number seven might not be the last!

"I can honestly tell you, I didn't get in this to adopt. I got in this to make a difference in a child's life, but once you have them, and invest that time, how do you tell them they have to go somewhere else?" said Myers.

There's a similar story for single mom and Carolina Forest High School teacher Aundrea Rue. She started fostering, and she's now the adoptive parent of four children, three of them are hers as of Friday.

"Children who are in need, children who need help, that's huge for me, and that's why I got into foster care. I was actually not looking to adopt," said Rue, but four of them found her soft spot.

"We're not done fostering, but it'll be a few years. We're going to settle in for a while before we foster again, but it's just really important that... You know there are hurting children out there. It's really important that they have somewhere safe and loving and nurturing to go," she said.

And just like that, temporary becomes permanent, maybes become certain, and the many days of waiting finally come to an end.

If you'd like to learn more or if you want to apply to be a foster or adoptive parent, you can visit www.heartfeltcalling.org

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