Durham deputy dad: From foster parent to father

DURHAM (WTVD) -- After a 12-hour shift, Deputy J Morgan had something to look forward to as he pulled in his driveway at home. Before he could even open the door, three smiling faces were there waiting for him.

The three young boys, ages 2 to 4, are Deputy Morgan and his wife's foster sons. He says they are always excited to see him and can't wait to play or take a walk to the park.

"No matter what kind of day I've had, they're so happy to see me and to tell me about their day at school," Morgan said.

After learning about the need for foster parents in Durham County, he and his wife signed up. The Durham County Sheriff's Office shared their story on Facebook.

"As our pastor put it, fostering and adoption are a reflection of the love that God showed us when he opened his home to us and adopted us into his family," said Deputy Morgan, who attends the Summit Church. "We know many families have felt called to international adoption, but because of our close involvement with the community, we felt called to serve right here in Durham."

There are 56 foster care homes in Durham County but about 240 children in need of a foster family in the county, according to officials. Morgan says there are many ways to help foster children, including local outreach programs and ministries

The Morgans plan to adopt all three of their foster sons and they want to encourage others to open their hearts and homes.

Click here to learn more about becoming a foster parent or call (919) 560-8092.

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