Adopting Children Can Save a Life - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Adopting Children Can Save a Life

Posted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash.- Sheree Herriges adopted Justin 4 years ago. Now she has 3 boys and says she couldn't be any happier.

"To me, it's a child and I'm his mother and that's all there is to it," said Sheree Herriges.         

Sheree already had a son but wanted another one. She was a single mother and has fertility problems.

"Years of meetings, testing, my doctor told me I wouldn't have more children," said Herriges.

Which is why she turned to adoption. She's only one of many mothers who have children, but still want more.

"Great time to use the experience of being a parent to help another child," said Julie Brown, who adopted one son.

On Monday five children in foster programs in Yakima were adopted. Mothers say this number needs to grow.

"There are tons of kids in foster care that need to be adopted," said Brown.

And while mothers agree that adopting has its challenges, these mothers say they couldn't imagine their lives without their sons.

"Looking back, I wouldn't undo anything... he's a very special part of our lives," said Brown.

"He wouldn't have had any opportunities and just giving that is a life," said Herriges.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/