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Success story: Local foster family adopts three kids

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Mike and Tammie say they couldn't have asked for a more perfect family, having adopted Andy, Austin and Alisa But this wasn't the way they initially planned to start their new life together.

"We tried having a baby of our own. (Mike's) got two biological children and I have two biological children," Tammie said.

But having a biological child together didn't happen, so they ventured down a different path.

"We decided that we would do fostering, and if a child comes up for adoption we would adopt and if not, we'd help families. That's what we did," Tammie said.

Andy, who is nine years old now, was their very first foster child.

"We've had him since he was 18 months old," Tammie said.

That's when Andy entered the system, a victim of shaken baby syndrome.

"He was shaken at 6 weeks old," Tammie said.

The abuse left him blind and with brain damage, but Tammie -- who has family members with special needs -- knew that she could care for Andy. The first time Mike met him, it didn't take long for his heart to melt too.

"I started rubbing his ears, and he gave me a grin like he did before and I told her, well I don't know nothing about his condition, I don't know, how to do it, but I said if you teach me, then I can do it," Mike said. "It's just the grace of God, we started with him, then Alisa and Austin came into the picture unexpected and it's just been a joy ever since."

Alisa was born premature, and Austin was born medically fragile, but the military dad says, having kids with special needs isn't all that difficult.

"Now on the weekends I let (Tammie) sleep in. I'm the one that gets up, breakfast and medicines. It's not hard, once you get into it and see what they need, it's just a joy," Mike said.

Mike and Tammie say San Diego County Adoptions has a lot of resources for families who adopt children with medical needs, and they encourage others to consider adoption or foster care. In addition to the three they've adopted, they've had more than 30 foster children come through their home.

"It's one of them things, it's indescribable I guess. There are so many kids out there that need love, affection or even a home," Mike said.

"I would say it's a miracle for us," Tammie said.

If you are interested in adopting or becoming a foster family, please call 1-877-I-ADOPT-U.

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