A 15-year-old Florida boy became a YouTube sensation earlier this year when he stood in church and pleaded for parents to adopt him. Thousands of American children are just like him in need of a family.
For one woman this Christmas, she's growing her family by three. It's been an extra special Christmas this year for Charlotte Moore and her 3 sons.
"This is making me feel a little younger. I'm raising kids again," said Moore.
The 61-year old mother of five grown daughters adopted Qwaylin, J'siah, and Jason in November. Jason came to the home as Charlotte's foster son when he was just a few days old.
"I was going to take him home for a couple of days, and he's been here two years now."
She's the only mother he's ever known. Big brothers Qwaylin and J'siah moved in a few months later.
"I asked them, would it be alright for me to be their mom, and they said yes," explained Moore. "I went to my pastor, and he said Charlotte, if you feel that in your heart, then go for it,"
The Adopt America Network says right now in the United States 130,000 children are in foster care waiting for their forever families.
"What it means is that children have love, that they have someone to call Mommy, have someone to hold them, to be there when they're sick," explained Adoption Case Worker, Tyra Shellabarger
That's just the kind of mom Charlotte's daughter Christina remembers.
"Kinda sorta they can't do no wrong and we were always in trouble but they got a good mom. They got a really good mom," said Christina Moore.
Happy to have a full house again, Charlotte is proud of her boys.
"I believe they're gonna be good and intelligent kids because they make good grades," said their mother.
And this Christmas season there's just one lesson she hopes they learn.
"It's not about these gifts. It's about love and trying to do the right thing."
There are a couple of national websites to help you learn about adoption.
They include https://www.childwelfare.gov/adoption/adoptive/index.cfm