SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Two-year-old Rose Cox has a personality you can’t help but fall in love with.
But that’s exactly what happened when Joshua and Claire Cox began fostering her over a year ago.
“This little girl walks in the door and two days later they tell us well she’s probably going to be up for adoption so maybe consider that,” said Joshua. “We were like alright so this might be forever.”
For Claire, the Bible inspired her to adopt before she even married her husband Joshua.
“As I got older, I was very interested in Moses’s biological mom,” she said. “Just the courage she had to give that baby to the water and just hope that that baby would end up somewhere.”
The couple started to foster children shortly after marriage, but never planned to adopt a child they were fostering.
“We just wanted to foster because we wanted to see families reunified, and we wanted to just fill in the gap like Jesus has for us,” said Claire.
But after falling in love with Rose they knew her forever home had to be with them.
After spending more than two years in foster care, Rose became one of the more than 900 children in Louisiana this year officially adopted.
For Joshua and Claire, they spent last Thanksgiving worrying if it would be their last with Rose, but this year they have reassurance, because Rose is staying with them for good.
“She was already a part of our family, but just to have that security that nobody can take her away, you know she’s not going anywhere, it’s just a huge burden that’s a relief,” said Joshua.
This process was the hardest thing they’ve ever done, but at the same time it was the easiest decision to make.
“It’s beautiful, but it’s also…there’s a sadness,” said Claire. “There’s a sadness in adoption, but it’s also this beautiful story of redemption and hope for everyone involved in the story. “
The power of love is something most children in foster care are longing for, and thankfully for Rose, love is something she’ll have forever thanks to Joshua and Claire.
“Even though the kids don’t come from our biology, she’s still our daughter and we’ve loved her since the day we met her.” Claire and Joshua are currently fostering six other children but plan to adopt three more.
If you are interested in adopting, or wanting to become a foster parent you can contact the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 318-676-7248 or 800-676-5048