'Blind Side' dad visits Fayetteville to tout adoptions

Friday, November 18, 2016
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Cumberland County has the highest number of children in need of a forever home.

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- It's Adoption Month and Cumberland County has the highest number of children in the foster care system in need of a forever home.

On Thursday, potential parents gathered to learn what it takes to make these kids part of their family and one foster dad who helped teach about the transition may look familiar.

Sean Tuohy, whose life was chronicled in the award-winning film, "The Blind Side," said Thursday's conference wasn't about his son, NFL baller Michael Oher of the Carolina Panthers, or the movie, but about encouraging people to give kids a chance.

This year's theme was "Teaming up to adopt." Many adoptive parents brought questions on how they can ease the changeover for their newest family members.

"My daughter knows her real mother. So I came here today to get information on how to make the transition easier for her" said Greta Hand, whose 6-year-old struggles with the adoption concept.

On Thursday, a message of hope came from Willie Moore Jr., whose parents adopted him. Moore now hosts a nationally syndicated radio show, using his platform to educate and encourage potential parents to choose adoption.

"It took my mom a long time to see the man that she sees today so it's all about love. So stay in the race" Moore said.

Though Cumberland County has the highest number of children still in foster care in the state, it celebrated a milestone, placing a record 21 children with their forever families during the past year.

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