With 6 kids, Idaho couple passionate about adoption

7's Hero: Idaho family grows with adoption

KIMBERLY, Idaho - Nate and Savannah Hawkins are the proud parents of six kids. Five of them are adopted, and they have plans to adopt even more.

The couple says their home, and their hearts, are open. For them, it's all about giving kids a forever family.

Nate and Savannah decided to become foster parents in hopes of adopting. They have opened their home to several foster children over the years, and the goodbyes have been heartbreaking.

"You have to break your heart so that they are loved," Savannah said. "It's just how it works, how it has to be. Or else, who will? Who is going to love them?"

The happy news is that three of those foster children have become a permanent part of their family. They are now planning to adopt 10-year-old Lily.

Savannah says she always knew there was room in her heart for more.

"Adoption was always in our plan, especially special needs adoption," Savannah said. "I came across this website - Reece's rainbow. "We were scrolling down the page, and I saw my Sammy's picture and he was laying there - this blonde hair blue-eyed baby and I was like, 'that's him, we have to go.'"

But little did they know then that they would adopt two boys from the Ukraine.

"The agency had emailed us and they said 'we have this other little boy, do you want him too?' And I said 'yes, throw him in.'"

Both boys have Down syndrome, and both have so much love to give. The Hawkins' were so touched by what they saw in Ukraine, they committed to going back.

"There's no sounds, there's no joy there's no pictures on the walls," explained Nate. "It's desolate and it's sad, and then you see the kids come out and our Max came out and he had scars on his wrists, and the only thing we could come to is he probably was tied to his crib."

The couple is now in the process of adopting two more toddlers - a boy and a girl - with special needs from Ukraine. That will be a total of 8 kids.

"We have been told we are absolutely out of our minds crazy and we might be," said Savannah. "But I feel like crazy changes things, and otherwise these kids would be left, I mean literally, they were starving and they'd be left for nothing."

The cost has been huge, but the family is getting help in the form of fundraisers, donations, adoption grants, and loans.

The Hawkins' say it is tough on them financially, but they are passionate about saving children. And they hope more families will open their hearts to adoption.

If you would like to help the Hawkins family with their adoption costs, click HERE.


 

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