SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - They just weren't happy being empty nesters. One local couple knew they had much more love to give a child in need of a home. So now they're raising a little girl, and as an added benefit, get to see more of their grandkids as well.
“This is Starla our daughter, this is Andres my husband,
my daughter Amy, her daughter Emma, my son-in-law Ivan, and my granddaughter Zoe,” said Helen.
Their granddaughters Zoe and Emma are about the same age as their daughter Starla, who they adopted through San Diego County Adoptions, making family dynamics extra fun.
“It's kind of easier I guess because they, we do a lot of things together and they're always all the time together playing and just having a lot of fun,” explained Helen. “We try to do activities and include them, and they do activities and include us so we have a lot of time together.”
How does Amy feel having a little sister the same age as her own kids?
“I think it's good. I think it's good because they get to play together, my kids aren't raised by themselves. They actually have someone to play with, they enjoy each other. I like it.”
Helen and Andres decided to adopt to provide a loving home to a waiting child.
“We wanted to have another child eight years ago and we thought maybe it was a better idea to consider adoption, so we fostered for quite some years, and finally we adopted Starla,” Helen said.
“I wasn't shocked, I wasn't because I know how much she loves kids. I wasn't shocked at all. I kind of knew that was her goal, was to adopt when she started fostering, so, I was happy for her,” said Amy.
Amy and her husband may even do the same one day:
“We have considered adopting later in the future, we were thinking maybe a boy because we have two girls.”
For other parents who may be considering adoption, Helen and Andres say there's no difference in the love they feel for their children, whether biological or adopted. In fact, Helen says, there's something more intense, an almost indescribable feeling about the love she has for Starla and even some of her foster children.
“The love for foster kids and adopted kids is more. I guess you feel more tender towards them because you know that they've gone through so many things and love them. You feel more for them,” said Helen.
If you are interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, please call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.
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