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Daralyn ... plus seven

After 20 years of hoping, Daralyn thought her dream of raising children may never come true. So, she usedDaralyn's family her passion for youth to volunteer at a drug and alcohol treatment center for youth; there, she found sisters Jessica and Ashley – young teens struggling without stability, without a family.

It didn’t take long for Daralyn to welcome the sisters into her family. Relying on training and resources provided by Children’s Home Society of Florida, she learned valuable techniques to prepare her to care for children with frightening pasts and uncertain futures, and her natural gift for motherhood shone.

That was just the beginning.

Daralyn soon received a call she’d long hoped for – two precious toddlers needed a family.

Without hesitation, she brought Alisha and Alia into her growing family. After suffering severe abuse at the hands of their birth parents, the little girls needed a loving forever home – they found it with Daralyn.

“They always come in pairs,” Daralyn says. “I like to reunite, to keep siblings together.”

It wasn’t long before we called her again. This time, she opened her home to newborn twins born addicted to drugs, both suffering from horrific withdrawal symptoms. Continuing to draw upon our support and education, Daralyn cared for the babies, nurturing them while they shook and screamed.

 A year later, she adopted the twins. And though she still welcomed foster children, she doubted she would adopt any more.

 Until Angelo arrived.

Now with five little ones under her roof and two grown daughters starting families of their own, Daralyn recently completed her family with the adoption of her teen foster daughter. 

“It’s like a mission,” Daralyn says. “I’ve always wanted children. That’s just my heart.”

Get to know some of our other wonderful forever families

Pat and Kari ... plus seven                   
Ron and Violet ... plus seven
Bruce and Kathie ... plus three
Annette ... plus four
Henry and Melanie ... plus three
Allan and Laura ... plus three
Lenny and Candie ... plus three
Janet ... plus one
Daralyn ... plus seven
Lisa and Todd ... plus seven
Greg and Caroline ... plus two
Michael and Kelli ... plus four                        

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