One Milwaukee family has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, as the Hamblins celebrated their first Thanksgiving as proud parents of two little boys, for whom they served as foster parents, and then adopted one, and plan to adopt the second by Christmas.
Kristin and Troy Hamblin became proud parents of little 22-month-old Clayton last Friday, at the Milwaukee County Children's Court, on National Adoption Day. Kristin and Troy took in Clayton as a foster child in May, and two-year-old Demetrius in January, whom they hope to adopt by Christmas.
Kristin and Troy say they're happy and thankful to finally be a family of four. "It's been a long time. We've always dreamed of being parents, and we finally found this wonderful opportunity to bring children into our home," Kristin Hamblin said.
Troy says he's a tough guy, but he definitely got emotional when they officially adopted Clayton Friday. "I couldn't help it. In my job, I have to be a tough guy, but it was very emotional. We feel very, very fortunate," Troy Hamblin said.
The Hamblins were headed to grandma and grandpa's to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, and they say they're excited to start building family traditions and memories with their two little boys. "Usually, it's my wife and I going for nieces and nephews, but now, with the two boys for Thanksgiving, it's really something to be thankful for," Troy Hamblin said.
Kristin Hamblin says she hopes other families will be inspired to open their hearts and homes to children in need. The Children's Service Society of Wisconsin says they're always looking for foster parents and says it's not unusual for those foster parents to become adoptive resources for children in their care.