Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Town helps bring family of 18 together

Updated: Saturday, 18 Dec 2010, 8:48 PM CST
Published : Saturday, 18 Dec 2010, 6:23 PM CST

CAMERON, Texas (KXAN) - A family of 12 in Cameron added six more kids after getting help to expand its home.

The six siblings were previously split between two different foster homes. Dorman Cannaday, who said the kids are like family, wanted to bring them into his home.

"There's no way this could happen without the addition of the bedrooms and bathroom," said Julie Moody, with the Department of Family and Protective Services.

The home had 12 people in three bedrooms and one bathroom. According to the state, that is too small to add six more kids. So Sondra Andrews and the Milam County CPS Board got to work.

She enlisted the help of Charles Cole and FIRM Baptist Ministries. Dozens of volunteers came out over 10 days and added three new bedrooms and one new bathroom.

"The feeling is just phenomenal to see that it's finished. it looks great, it's ready for these kids. It's going to be a place they can call home," said Cole.

"It's just been an inspiration to know what we got here in our community," said Andrews.

The kids moved into the home Saturday, making the family of 12 one of 18.

"It's busy," laughed Cannaday.

DFCS reported more than 200 kids in Central Texas foster homes as of the end of November. About 75 of those are in Travis and Williamson counties.

If you're interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent you can call 1-800-233-3405.


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