Family finds their true calling through adoption


by Rachel Platt

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 20 at 9:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Meet the Henderson family from Louisville and Ethiopia.

JT and Natalie tried to conceive but weren’t able to. At first adoption was to help grow the family, then adoption became a calling. Lifeline Children's Services led JT and Natalie to Ethiopia and their first son Tedi.

One year later the Henderson's decided to expand their family when Tedi wanted a brother. His name is Chernet and he is also from Ethiopia.

Sheer bliss for Natalie who always wanted to be a mom. She says meeting their children for the first time has to be like delivering your baby.

The family is so thankful for their little boys. And those little boys from Ethiopia are learning about America quickly, from the Hulk, to Buzz Lightyear and they are already UofL fans too!

But there is a learning curve for both children and parents. And Natalie's background as a pediatric resident is coming into play with Chernet who is HIV positive.

With her medical background Natalie knew transmission was not an issue the cost for medicine is just $30 a month. Her concern came from the heart. Would someone hurt his feelings, would someone want to marry him.

Those fears are giving way to joy. The agency who helped them says adoption was the right call for them.

The Henderson's are committed to love and family.

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