National Adoption Day celebrated in Hamblen County

By: Jenna McWilliams Email
By: Jenna McWilliams Email

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) Thomas has had two open heart surgeries at a very young age.

"He's just been a typical little boy and getting into just everything that everybody says he can't get into because his condition," said his adoptive father Glenn Van Vleit.

But now that typical little boy, has a little family to call his own. Thomas is one of six kids that were officially adopted this morning in Hamblen County.

"It just touches your heart knowing that these kids get to be a part of somebody's family permanently and they're your own," said Van Vleit.

Since 2003, 72 children have been adopted in Hamblen County as a part of National Adoption Day.

"What's nice is that everyone in the courtroom has a smile on their face. They're excited, there is lots of hope and just a tremendous amount of rewards for these families," said Chancellor Skip Frierson.

Adam Kneisley, new father of four added a second set of twins - Andrew and Abigail to his family.

"That's all we've ever known is two at a time," said Kneisely

And though his sisters give Andrew a run for his money.

"Every now and then we'll walk up to the play room and he'll have a dress up outfit on," said Kneisley.

His parents says it makes their family even more complete.


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