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Event organizer makes adoption a life-long mission

Jerry Burger Jerry Burger
Deeanna Wallace Deeanna Wallace
Randy Wallace Randy Wallace
Hokunani Luis Hokunani Luis
Eiko Wallace Eiko Wallace

By Leland Kim - bio | email

DOWNTOWN HONOLULU (KHNL) -  Close to 30 Hawaii children have a reason to celebrate Friday night.  They've officially been adopted by local families.

For one of the organizers, it goes beyond helping children find families.  Deeanna Wallace is the co-chair of the Hawaii Adoption Permanency Alliance.  She's devoted herself to helping kids, and has made it a life-long mission.

The Burgers have a new addition to their family, a one-year-old adopted son named Sean.

"He really fits in with our family and it truly is an honor to be able to adopt," said adoptive father Jerry Burger, who lives with his family in Kaneohe.

Sean is one of 28 children officially adopted Friday.  Co-organizer Deeanna Wallace says it's a big deal for kids to have a place to call their own.

"The children that are in foster care for a long, long time, it goes on and on," she said.  "So for them to be adopted into a family that will be their forever family is very wonderful for them."

Wallace and her husband Randy have made this their life-long mission.  They have twelve kids, ten of whom are adopted.

"And there's a big need and we share with a lot of people and we want everyone to adopt of course but we realize it's a calling," said Randy Wallace.

Their children are like any other kids.

"It feels really great," said Hokunani Luis, the Wallace's 15-year-old adoptive daughter.  "Us girls, we're really close together.  We can fight or just be friends."

"It feels really good knowing someone loves you and cares for you," added Eiko Wallace, Hokulani's 16-year-old sister. "Even if your biological parents couldn't do it, they picked someone who could."

Whether you're new adoptive parents, or have been at it for more than thirty years, they're sharing their love with kids who need it.

"Hug the kids, love the kids," said Randy Wallace. "They'll remember today. The kids will remember today."

Remember and appreciate what their parents have done.

"She has a big heart," said Eiko Wallace.  "She can't say no.  That's why there's twelve of us. She cares about us and is a super mom."

November is "adoption month" in Hawaii.  Friday's event is a partnership between the state Department of Human Services and adoption agencies.

In Hawaii, there are close to 2,000 kids in foster care.  About 100 children are waiting to be adopted.

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