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Valrico family adopts 5-year-old who spent half his life in foster care with special needs

Posted: 5:02 PM, May 22, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-22 17:02:10-04

A Valrico family has spent the past year working to adopt a young boy with special needs after they fell in love with him on a foster care gallery website.

Donna and Greg Hart say they started looking into international adoption, before they decided to look into the process locally. 

In February of 2016, the Harts found a photo of Anthony on the Children's Board Heart Gallery website .

"His smile got me," said Greg Hart, "he's shown us there's more to life than really what we thought or what we knew."

Anthony has severe medical needs and will need 24/7 care for the rest of his life -- but the Hart's couldn't be a more perfect match as Donna is a special education teacher at Bloomingdale High School. 

"It kind of just clicked," said Hart, "if there is ever going to be a family that would be able to take care of a child like Anthony, were equipped to do it."

The family has two biological sons, ages 10 and 7 who are also excited to call Anthony their little brother. 

The Hart's finalized their adoption in a Hillsborough County courtroom on Monday.