Richard and Diana Deborah Simmons were interviewed by Fox 26 news Greg Groogan on adoption at the Faith West CPS Adoption Fare on June 21, 2013 in Katy, Texas
HOUSTON (FOX 26) -
On a little lake nestled on the outskirts of Katy you could find folks fishing for fun and a brand new family, both parents seeking kids and kids seeking families..
"Places like this, it's comfortable you know. You have fun. You see a family that you might like and go over and talk to them," said Ukailus, a 17 year old in foster care.
Ukailus has been patiently waiting to be found since 2005. On this day of good food and wet frolic, he's still hopeful.
"You never know know. You might get a family who actually wants you and takes care of you and will take you in their arms and have a big family together," said Ukailus.
He's talking about couples like Diana and Richard Simmons who have come to this Child Protective Services summer picnic with their hearts wide open to older kids.
"I've always felt a call towards adoption, toward giving that child a place where they can feel loved, you know, giving them a home," said Diana.
"We really felt a call to take it a step deeper, to take some children under our roof and take the full responsibility, to love them, guide them and raise them and to help them see that they do have purpose, that someone believes in them," said Richard.
"We would love to make that connection today," said Diana.
Assembling these new families can sometimes be challenging. Kids often come into foster care with company - brothers and sisters with whom the bonds run deep.
Alma is the oldest of seven siblings and by necessity wise beyond her years.
"I want to be there to watch over them. I want to be there to know that they are okay. I want to see how they are going to be treated. It sounds like I am their mom, but its basically because I am because when they were little I was there to shower them. I did their clothes. I made sure they ate. They are just my everything," said Alma.
And just maybe someone else's "everything as well. What better place than a cool Texas lake to discover something special and brand new.
"We need to step out of our comfort zone. We've all been called. We've all been called," said Richard Simmons.