Five-year-old Krystal was matched with Michelle and Justin less than three months after the couple was certified as resource parents through Uplift Family Services, and a few months later, five-month-old Emmett was also placed with them. Michelle and Justin immediately fell in love, and both adoptions were finalized in 2014. The following year, they received a newborn baby, Wyatt, straight from the hospital and finalized his adoption in 2016.
In the time since the adoptions of Krystal, Emmett, and Wyatt, Michelle, and Justin have continued to improve the lives of children in their community. They have provided respite care to help another family adopt a child, and they also fostered a child until they were able to reunify him with his birth family. This year, the Capital Region had the honor of presenting them with the Family of the Year Award at the Calling Out of Names Ceremony in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month!