Brothers share experience with adopted siblings

WICHITA FALLS - In the United States, more than 100,000 kids are waiting for adoption. 

Those numbers are staggering, but a local organization with a heart for children is hoping to change the way families think about adoption.
"Adoption to me is taking a child out of a situation where they're not wanted and making them feel wanted," said Jeromy Stacy, who has two adopted siblings. 

Adoption. One word that seems like only a dream for many children in Texas.

Organizers with the Heart Gallery said one of the hardest things people have to overcome is how adoption will affect their biological children. 

"Adopting is really, you know you're doing a really neat thing giving a child a home, but it's such a blessing to your own home," Keri Goins, Heart Gallery Committee Chair, said. 

And that's never been truer for Jeromy and Jacob Stacy who have an adopted brother named Ben and a sister named Lily. 

"It's funny to walk around with Ben and they're just like, 'Who is that?' I'm just like, 'Oh, yeah that's my brother.They go, 'Is he adopted?' I'm like, 'Oh yeah, I guess he is,'" Jacob said. 

There was a time when Ben's future could have been drastically different.

"There was a potential family member in a situation and that was devastating for all of us," Jeromy said. "And I think that really brought out how much we did want him and maybe didn't even realize it."

"They don't deserve any of this that's happened to them, it's how they were born, it's the family they were born into and they deserve better than that," Jacob said. 

Both Jacob and Jeromy believe communication is key through the adoption process. 

"You have to communicate well. You have to be able to have a good relationship with your biological family first, because if you can't communicate then you don't know what might be bothering your biological children," Jeromy said. 

The Stacys will soon share more of their experiences at a special event, where they hope other families are inspired to open their hearts and homes.

The Heart Gallery Event starts at 6:30 pm Sunday, February 18. 

It's free to the public at First Baptist Church Wichita Falls. VIP tickets are available at the church for $25 which includes food and event seating. 

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