Adoption Day

Knoxville (WVLT) - Just an incredible day at World's Fair Park, guaranteed to make you smile.

Several foster children in Knoxville finally have a home to call their own.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford spent adoption day with some proud parents.

Proud would be an understatement, these parents have been waiting for this day for quite some time now, and it's official, these children now belong to them.

"I got Watina when she was 17-months-old, so we've been waiting a long time to adopt her and this is her little sister Shiann," says Aola Olowoyo.

Meet five year old Watina and three year old Shiann.

"I love their smiles. I love the way they kiss me and hug me and call me mommy," says Aola.

Their new mother Aola Olowoyo says the two sisters were born into a dangerous world of drugs, "they were neglected for sure, because of the drugs."

But today is a new, very special day for these girls, and their mother. "I can finally say they're mine. They're safe, they're loved. They don't have to be in the system anymore."

And this single mother says she'll sleep easier from now on. "I know now that they can never take them from me."

"We've adopted a son, Jonathan Stanley Lay today," says Stanley Lay.

Stanley and Lisa Lay are now the proud parents of 17-year old Jonathan.

"I'm tickled to death," says Lisa Lay.

"We've been looking for a special boy to adopt and Jonathan fits everything we've been looking for," says Stanley.

After 17 years of a very rough life, moving from house to house, Jonathan says he's the happiest he's ever been.

"Nobody wanted me no more till I came to Mom and Dad, and they accepted me for who I was," says Jonathan.

"Jonathan's never really had what you call a parent to stay there with him, so now he's got us and we're gonna make sure he's got everything he needs," says Stanley.

New mom Lisa says she's not able to have kids of her own.

"I'm really looking forward to helping him be all that he can be," Lisa says.

Harmony Adoptions says these children took a big leap of faith today.

"To trust and trust that there's gonna be hands there to catch you is unbelievable," says Pam Wolf, Executive Director of Harmony Adoptions.

Harmony adoptions says there are still more than a hundred children that need homes and parents in East Tennessee.

If you are interested in adopting, check out www.tnasap.org or call 1-877-DCSKIDS.


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