Knoxville (WVLT) -- There are more than 300 children across Tennessee waiting for someone to love them and give them a home.
November is adoption awareness month.
We sat down with a couple who's adopted and been foster parents for 12 years and one teen who just wants a family.
It's a smile bright enough to light up a room and you'll get one if you mention reading, science, the Miami Dolphins or his future.
"I want to be either in the Army or a police officer," said Michael, but there's something the 14 year old wants more than anything else. “I want a family that goes to church and a family that has dogs."
He also wouldn't mind being a big brother.
"I want a brother, a brother, no sisters, a younger brother,” he said.
Michael says he already has a sister.
He happens to be one of more than 60 children in East Tennessee waiting for a family to adopt them, a family, like the Jeffries.
"Children need stability and they need a mom or a dad and they need a home," said Red Jeffries, an adoptive parent.
Red and his wife Angie are the proud parents of four children, all adopted and all the loves of their lives.
"We enjoy it very much, we love it, we would never change anything and we wouldn't trade any of our kids," Red said.
But becoming a mom and dad can be difficult.
"Years of their life they never got that nurturing, they never got that stability and they never got that one on one with a loving parent,” Angie said.
Angie says she didn't hear "I love you" right away, but when she finally did, it made the hard times disappear.
"When you're laying them down for night and they're hugging you and kissing you and they're telling you ‘I love you, goodnight,’ whatever happened during the day is just worth it," Angie said.
Her tears are of joy...Because she says each child has been a blessing.
"You just feel humbled by it,” she said, “I don't know what I have to give, I don't have anything in my life or my heart to give any of my kids that everybody else don't have."
And Michael hopes someone out there can give him love.
"I just want to find a family," the teen said.
There's a great need for adoptive and foster parents in Tennessee.
If it's something you've been thinking about or would like to get more information on, adoption or foster care, you can click on the links below.
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