PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - November is National Adoption Month. In our state, hundreds of children are waiting for a place to call home.
According to Heart Gallery Alabama, there are currently over 200 children in the foster care system waiting for a forever family in Alabama.
Kelsey Manley, of Prattville, adopted her son three years ago.
"I just love him so much and I can't really remember life before him. It's just so much fun being a mom and a daddy to him and just being a family of three, so we just love him," Manley said.
At a young age, she found out she couldn't have children of her own and decided she wanted to adopt.
"I'm unable to carry a child, so even before my husband and I got married, we talked about adoption and that's just something we wanted to do," Manley said.
She and her husband are now loving parents to their two-year-old son, Blake.
"We love this little boy like he's our own and he is our own," said Manley.
Blake could soon be calling himself a big brother.
"Once we were ready to be parents, we just started that road, that journey to get him, and that's how we ended up with him and now we're waiting on our second baby," Manley said.
Brooke Shands is another adoptive mom in the River Region. She adopted her daughter, Brie, when she was 11 years old.
"Immediately she fit with my husband and I and then when she met our family, there was an immediate connection there as well," Shands said.
Shands said one thing she wants future adoptive parents to know is that you don't have to be a perfect parent to adopt.
"There are so many kids that need homes. If you feel called to be an adoptive family, you should listen to that calling and look into it. It's a hard process, but it's so fulfilling and it's so rewarding and there are so many kids that need homes and they just need parents. You don't have to be a perfect parent, they just want a family," Shands said.