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Adoption Rates in Tennessee are on the rise

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ARLINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Amanda and Mark Price hosted a camp for children with special needs. During the camp, Amanda says the two answered a calling, "We have room in our home and we felt God was calling us to take on a child, another child."

There are already four biological children, but this family is in the process of adopting a special needs child from Hong Kong.

Price says, "The whole family was in agreement, that let's bring home a child into our loving family that doesn't even have a mom or a dad."

Like many Tennessee families, adoption is becoming an option for those who have more love to offer.

Statistics from the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services show adoptions have steadily gone up over the last 9 years from 9.5% in 2003 to 12.6% in the 2012/2013 fiscal year.

One adoption agency says too often families shy away from adoption, believing the process is very expensive, but they say there are other options.

Judy McLaughlin from Life Choices Adoption Agency says, "Even with a private adoptions, there are fee's involved but there are so many grants available to families now and many churches are coming alongside families and helping to sponsor their adoptions."

The State of Tennessee is expected to complete more than 1200 adoptions this year, which is an all time high.

Price says for parents or those wanting to be parents, just follow your heart, "Every single child needs to be loved and deserved to be loved and the only way that they're going to get that is not in an institution, it's in a family."

ADOPTION LINKS:

http://www.agapemeanslove.org/page.aspx?pid=391

http://www.lifechoicesmemphis.org/about-us/our-services

http://www.bethany.org/MEMPHIS

http://www.hannahs-hope.org/

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