NC adopted families celebrate what Father's Day is truly about
Updated: 06/17/2012 01:52 PM
By: Preston Jones
RALEIGH--Looking at the playful and energetic Chadwick family in their background, you would never guess some of their children are adopted.
"At any given time, there are 10,000 kids in foster care in North Carolina. We thought that was a really big number," Tim Chadwick said.
Tim and his wife Tina did something to reduce that number. A few years ago they adopted Alexis and Evan. Then they had one of their own, baby Paxton. Now on Father's Day, the family says they couldn't be happier.
"It feels good that I know that I am loved by my dad," adopter daughter Alexis Chadwick said.
Single dad Ivan Hankins has had several foster children. They are now grown, so last year he adopted 14-year-old Kevin.
"When it comes to love, you would lay your life down for anyone of them, and that's the way I feel about the other two foster children and about Kevin."
Kevin says his dad has shown him what Father's Day is all about.
"Be happy that you have a father, someone that you can love that loves you back."
For these parents, it's a day to celebrate their love and luck that they all ended up together.
"Biological or adopted, these three children are our children, and there's nothing that will change that," mother Tina Chadwick said.
"Every day with my son is Father's day, whether it's just taking him to school or to summer camp," Ivan Chadwick said.
Ivan and Kevin say they'll be spending Father's day riding around in Ivan's antique white convertible.
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