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Finding IA Kids 'Forever Homes'
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Right now, there are more than 600 children in Iowa eligible for adoption -- many of them are older children, siblings, or those with behavioral challenges that can make it hard to find them a forever home.
But families all over the state are opening their hearts and homes to those children, including Bethany and Jason Reynolds in Cedar Rapids. They adopted their son, Dakota, 8, a little more than a year ago.
"When we first met him, we fell in love with him," said Bethany.
"He walked right up to you and gave you a big old hug, like we weren't even strangers. I don't think I ever felt so much love in my whole life. He just really melted my heart," said Jason.
So it didn't matter to these parents that Dakota came with a few challenges. He's been diagnosed ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.
"I totally accept him for what he is, just like he accepts me for what I am," Jason said.
It's children like Dakota that the Iowa Kids Net is working to find a home. Through a concerted effort with the state, the need has actually gone done recently, but they still need more parents like Bethany and Jason to step up.
Luckily, the Reynolds are already fostering three other kids, and thinking about adopting a set of siblings.
As for Dakota, he says his adoption day was the best day of his life.
For more information on Iowa Kids Net, including how to become a foster or adoptive parent, visit iowakidsnet.com.