LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS 11)--It was an emotional day for Kentucky's 1st couple as Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin spoke at an event promoting adoption and foster care.

The Bevin's have nine children including four whom they adopted into their family.

Governor Bevin has vowed to make Kentucky the national model for foster care and adoption and is pushing lawmakers to change the system.

He told a heartbreaking story of their failed attempt to adopt an 11-year-old girl.

He blamed the decision on a broken system which did not think a large family should adopt another child.

The Governor has proposed creating a foster care and adoption czar to oversee the revamping of Kentucky's system.