Windows for the Holidays 2009 Winner
Teresa and Dean
Teresa and Dean have 14 children, ranging in age from 6-21, 13 of whom joined their family through the blessing of adoption and from the foster care system. Teresa and Dean are passionate about parenting children who so desperately need a family and home to call their own. They also realize the importance of keeping sibling groups together.
They welcomed their first child by adoption when he was just 2 months old. They had a biological child a couple of years later. In 2001, they adopted a sibling group of 4 children who had been in foster care for 7 years. In 2003, they adopted a sibling group of 3 children who had been in foster care for 3 years. In 2005, they adopted another sibling group of 5 children who had also been in foster care. While all of these sibling groups were in foster care, they were separated from each other. The family lives in an old farmhouse which desperately needs better windows and doors.