National Adoption Day: Arizona mom ready to adopt 5th child

National Adoption Day: Arizona mom ready to adopt 5th child

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Amy Flanagan Amy Flanagan

National Adoption Day is a chance to acknowledge the people who have opened their hearts and created homes for thousands of children -- and that includes one special mom who is ready to expand hers.

Amy Flanagan can no doubt be considered a nominee for mother of the year.

She's raising four kids all under the age of 13.  Their life is a busy one and it's about to get just a little bit more hectic.

"We are participating in National Adoption Day. I will be doing my fifth adoption," she said.

The decision for Flanagan, a single mom with a 13-year-old biological son, was an easy one.  After her divorce, she wanted her son to have siblings, so she adopted seven and a half years ago.

"I think everyone has a calling or passion -- this is mine," she said.

15-month-old Grant will be one of 312 children expected to find forever homes on National Adoption Day.

For the past six years, Maricopa County's has been the largest adoption event in the nation.  Flanagan has participated the past three years.

"You just feel the overwhelming sense of joy and love and quite honestly, relief on face of parents and kids that they finally made it to the end," said Flanagan.

National Adoption Day has been celebrated the Saturday before Thanksgiving for years now.  More than 100,000 kids in the foster care system are currently waiting -- hoping -- for a family.

Flanagan is thrilled to expand hers.  She also fosters and is currently raising a 14-year-old boy.




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