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Alabama MENTOR Family Adopts Foster Children with Cerebral Palsy

Willie and Teresa Smith decided they weren’t ready to become empty nesters. Little did they know that two very special boys would soon change their world. The Smiths became Mentor foster parents with Alabama MENTOR, a partner of The MENTOR Network, in 2003 and over the years have opened their hearts and homes to over 30 children. After serving as foster parents to Kristopher and Lucas, who both have cerebral palsy, the Smiths recently adopted the boys, making them a permanent part of their family.

“Teresa and Willie are an exceptional family,” says Alabama MENTOR State Director, DeAnna Hand. “Their dedication and committed care is inspiring to many. Over the years they have embraced the lifestyle of serving others and do with grace and love. I’ve witnessed the boys light up with smiles and coos as Teresa talks with them. It warms your heart immediately! The boys are blessed to have them as their forever home and we are thankful for the Smiths.”

The Smith family’s extraordinary story was recently featured on AL.com. Read their story to learn more.