PALM HARBOR, Fla. -
“Soccer, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics,” 10-year-old Raylana is naming a few of her favorite things.
So does her 12-year-old sister Maleaha. “I like gymnastics and dance,” she said.
The most important thing they would like to add to those lists, a forever home. “I’m looking for like a sporty family. One that’s fun, loving and caring and their Godly,” Maleaha said.
Raylana and Maleaha are looking to be adopted.
“The biggest thing you have to have is unconditional love for these children because there are ups and downs, it’s a rollercoaster ride,” Lorie Mitchell said.
She and her husband Eric are currently fostering Raylana and Maleaha. They would love to adopt them but they already have three children of their own, and they adopted four others.
For now, they are taking care of the two sisters and just hoping the girls find the right family soon. “We had the ability to love more children rather than our adult children now, gives us an opportunity to open up our home, provide a loving and stable home for the children who otherwise didn’t have that,” Eric said.
The Micthell’s have been a foster family for more than eight years, and attended the Eckerd Annual Adoption Picnic Saturday at John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor.
It’s a picnic that gives families like the Mitchells a chance to meet others and share stories. It also gives their kids a chance to see they’re part of a bigger family that’s not much different than their own. “Our adoptive children see that there are other adopted children out there and helps them realize that they’re not the only ones in that situation or have had that opportunity,” Eric said.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or you’re interested in adopting you can visit www.eckerd.org
The event was made possible by the St. Petersburg Exchange Club.
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