Adoptive families recognized for opening homes and hearts

Brian Heins (WCIV)

by Stacy

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Life hasn't always been a happy tune for 12-year-old Benny, who has cerebral palsy; he didn't always have a permanent home.

"He's total care. He doesn't walk or talk or anything. Everything has to be done for him," said Rene Myers, Benny's adoptive mother.

Despite the fact that he'll never get beyond the function of a six month old, Myers and her husband Ricky found a place in their hearts for Benny. They adopted him in 2012.

Myers said their decision to adopt him came after they decided to adopt children who weren't babies, as adoptive families usually prefer babies.

"We wanted to take the children that nobody else really desired," Myers said. "It's not that hard. It's just the way our life has always been."

Rene and Ricky Myers also adopted Benny's three brothers and sisters: Jasmine, 14, Donnie, 15 and Haley, 5.

The S.C. Department of Social Services honored the Myers family as the adoptive family of the year Thursday night.

DSS also recognized four other families that put the children's needs above all.

"It means a lot. They have a connection now to another family because they've lost that connection to the biological family. And every body wants to be connected to a family," said Carolyn Hudson, the adoption administrator for DSS's region three adoption office.

But as much as some may think the parents have done for the kids, Myers saw it differently. She said their love for her had been the biggest blessing of all.

"Benny can smile at us, or Donnie and Jasmine will say something or Hayley will say, 'Mommy, I wasn't born in your belly but I was born out of your heart,'" she said.

Around 500 kids in the eight Lowcountry counties need permanent homes, Hudson said. If you are interested in helping or adopting, you can find contact information here.

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