CULLMAN — Wayne and Sherri Hudson have been fostering children in the Cullman area for more than 18 years and recently made another addition to their family.
“This is a very special day,” said Leann Pruett, chief clerk in the Probate Office.
Isaiah Hudson was born premature, has cerebral palsy and spent a lot of time in the hospital after his birth. When he was released, he went to the Hudson’s home.
Last week, the Hudson’s home became his forever when they finalizing his adoption.
“It’s hard to explain,” Sherri said of the feeling she had knowing Isaiah was hers. “It’s excitement and relief because you know nothing will change.”
He has made tremendous strides in the last few months, both learning to walk and talk.
“He just learned to walk within the last six months,” Sherri said. “He just learned to pull up too.”
In April, Isaiah will be three years old.
The Hudsons began fostering more than 18 years ago after the birth of their son.
“We had one child and then had fertility issues,” Sherri said. “We felt like we were called to do this.”
Wayne and Sherri have fostered more than 60 children in those 18 years.
They quickly realized their true calling was to take in medical fragile infants. Sherri said after a discussion with a friend who worked at Children’s Hospital, she felt called to take in these special children.
“God just put it on my heart to take in medically fragile,” she said. “It’s amazing.”
Isaiah attends therapy ever week and his parents said they have seen a difference in him.
“Every time he goes we see improvement,” Wayne said. “We were told he may never walk or talk, so it’s amazing.”
He takes speech, physical and occupationally therapy.
His parents have recently began taking him to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for extra physical therapy.
The Hudsons are preparing him for an upcoming surgery to help his movement in his legs.
“The surgery will help in walk in time,” Sherri said.
His brothers and sisters said he has always been a part of the family, but they were proud to make it official.
“I am excited,” said big sister Serah.
Isaiah attends preschool and his parents said he is doing well.
“He is on target academically,” Sherri said.
Callie Smith, independent living coordinator with the Department of Human Resources, said it is also great to see a child get a family.
“They do a wonderful job with every child that’s put into their home,” Smith said. “They are very dedicated people.”
Social worker Christy Webb has helped with two adoptions for the Hudson family.
“Anytime we can find a good home to adopt one of our kids, it’s great,” Webb said. “It’s great knowing they will have a forever family.”
Sherri said the number one goal is to return the children with there family whenever possible.
“Our first goal is to get the home back together and that’s what we always try to do,” she said. “Their family may not mean mom and dad though, it may mean an aunt and uncle or other family member.”
“If we can’t keep them, we want to find a good home for the children,” Wayne said.
Smith said foster parents are needed right now.
“It’s extremely important,” she said.
The Hudson’s teach classes for foster parents.
“There is just such a need, particularly right now because drugs are destroying families and fostering can help reunify families,” Sherri said. “A lot of times, parents don’t have the best parenting skills and they just need a little help.”
Sherri always hopes for a family reunion if it is possible.
“It’s rewarding to see a family get back together or to see an adoptions,” Sherri said.
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