|Published:||Aug 11, 2012 10:24 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 12, 2012 12:21 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers couple has been recognized for their work as foster parents. Rebecca and Charlie Hoskins have helped dozens of children in Southwest Florida, taking them in for a single night, or adopting them as their own.
"It just kinda became a mission to help as many children as we could, whether they stayed for one night or stayed forever," said Rebecca Hoskins.
Rebecca and Charlie were unable to have their own children together, so they planned to foster one, maybe two children. But that plan quickly changed.
"Eight years later, 60 something kids, and six adopted kids, it kinda became a mission to help as many children as possible," Rebecca said.
Now, the Hoskins have been recognized by the Children's Network for making significant contributions in adoption and lighting the way for others.
The couple have had over 65 foster children come through their home.
"You're bridging a gap at a difficult time in a child's life," said Charlie.
The couple has adopted six of their former foster kids.
"Every kids that came into our home that stayed, that became up for adoption, fell in love with them and wanted to make them ours," Rebecca said.
Both say letting go is the hardest part.
"It's very hard once you become attached to a child and then they leave," the Hoskins said.
So how do their growing family cope with the constant change?
"We just explain to them that we're here to help them, they don't have mommies and daddies right now and we need to love them and take care of them as long as they're here," Rebecca said.
There are currently 128 kids up for adoption in Southwest Florida.
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