Couple says age is not a factor in adoption
ABC Action news
By: Kimberly Kuizon
Posted: 05/31/2012 – Link>>
PINELLAS COUNTY – For five months, Chris and Esther Berry have waited patiently for this moment.
“I am glad to grant you the adoption,” said Judge Jack Day.
For the Berry family, it is an emotional and exciting day.
“I really believe that this is why we have been put on this Earth, to help enrich children’s lives,” said Esther Berry.
On this day, the Berrys welcomed 17-year-old Stephan and his 10-year-old sister Dajuah to their family.
“I was kind of doubting I would ever get adopted, but I am glad it is finally here,” said Stephan.
The Berrys run a special-needs school for children in Pinellas County.
They already have five biological children, but nearly two years ago, they learned a student they worked with was in foster care. Immediately Chris Berry wanted to give Melissa and her older brother Willie a place in their family.
“You try to come into this world and leave it better than you found it,” said Chris Berry.
For Willie, being part of a family means having someone always near.
“Even when I leave, I can turn back and say ‘I need this,’ or ‘could you help me,’ and they will be there,” said Willie.
It was through Willie and Melissa that the family met Stephan and his sister. Today the Berry family expanded once more.
“I have a mother and father who are still alive and they are in good shape. I figure I will have a few more years to be around,” said Chris Berry.
Three of the kids never thought they would get to experience life as part of a family.
“It is good to have a mom and a dad,” said Willie.
But the Berrys are not done yet. They are in the process of adopting one more sibling which will give them 10 children, and leave the kids counting their blessings.