It’s truly incredible, but people like Sara Cozad and Stuart Shank, a foster mom and dad from Washington, spend all their time helping children around the world. Sara and Stuart made it their life’s mission to foster children who needed their help. After years of fostering, they finally felt ready to adopt permanently. They decided to try and adopt two beautiful boys who desperately needed a home.
The two boys had spent serious time in the foster care system, abandoned by their mother. Without Cozad and Shank, they had nowhere left to go. Soon enough, their adoption court date arrived. However, when the judge asked if anyone objected to the adoption, someone spoke up. Suddenly, Sara and Stuart found themselves worried about the outcome of their case…
1. Meeting the Love of Their Lives
At the young age of 19-years-old, Sara Cozad met Stuart Shank and they quickly made a date. Just a few minutes into their first date, they both fell deeply in love with one another. Over the date, they quickly went from small talk to deep, personal talk.
“I was 19 when I met my husband, Stuart. About 15 minutes into our first date, he asked me what I wanted to do with my life- What was my dream career? Did I want kids? Where did I want to travel? I told him that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” wrote Cozad. While they didn’t know what they wanted to do, Cozad and Shank thought they might want to do it together.