Monroe Evening News: Monroe couple to adopt Ukraine siblings

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July 15, 2012, 3:27 p.m. |

Everett and Donna Houck of Monroe have raised several children of their own, but this fall the couple will be starting over as parents. In October, the Houcks will travel to Ukraine, where they will meet and then adopt siblings. They already have a bedroom decorated, complete with bunk beds and a sign welcoming them to their new home, both in English and Ukrainian
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A Monroe couple is in the lengthy process of adopting two Ukrainian children through the Adopt-A-Waiting-Child organization.

 Everett and Donna Houck are hoping for a pair of siblings, boys or girls, between the ages of 4 and 8.

They started the complex adoption process in February and expect to have the children home by October.

Everett, 58, and Donna, 45, each came to the decision to adopt after having raised children by previous marriages:

“I always wanted a large family,” said Donna, who has three sons in their 20s. “When I was growing up, I used to tell my mother I was going to have 10 kids. I had my three, but I always wanted more and it would be nice to give a child a home who doesn’t have a home. I always wanted to do foster care. That was always a thought.”

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