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Special Angels Adoption encourages adopting children with special needs through an obstacle course challenge

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - November 1st kicks off the first day of National Adoption Month, and one adoption agency is raising awareness for children with special needs and the kinds of obstacles adopting families have to go through.  

Special Angels Adoption aims at getting children with special needs into safe, loving homes.  

Renee and Josh Case say they had trouble having kids of their own, so they decided to adopt.  

"We have two kiddos, two special needs adopted kids,” Case said. “They’re both thriving, Jacoby is doing amazing he's so smart, and Ivy is getting through her milestones.” 

Their 6-year-old son Jacoby has a sensory processing disorder and severe ADHD. Their 3-year-old daughter Ivy has a rare genetic disorder. They say she is oxygen dependent at night and immobile. 

"We go through our periods where it’s really tough,” Case said. “We need to not focus on what makes someone different, and just love them for who they are, and that’s how these kids are.” 

She says that’s why they took part in this Special Need's Adoption Obstacle Course. 

"Children with special needs require unique parenting skills,” Jennifer Kelly from Special Angels Adoption said. “The children need parents prepared to advocate for them, fight for them, understand them, have patience, have grace.” 

Kelly says they wanted to represent the obstacles families go through and normalize adopting children with special needs.  

Kelly says they are raising money during the month of November for families looking to adopt. 

"We don’t want the financial piece to be an obstacle for families anymore,” she said. 

For more information about Special Angel’s Adoption or to donate to their fundraiser, click here.

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Karli VanCleave

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