PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Susana Fredricks and husband Anthony say a few simple words have been the key to their foster and adoption success.
"Patience, love, empathy," Susana said.
Their foster and adoption journey started through kinship years ago when they took in a troubled family member's child. "Every child needs love," Anthony said. "Every child needs the basic necessities of life.'
A decade later, the family has fostered more than a dozen children, had their own, and even adopted two. "They've fulfilled my heart every day," Anthony said, holding back tears.
Susana said there is so much support out there. After some classes, a home visit, and eventually certification, you can be eligible to foster and adopt. "When you feel that love and that string is tugged, oh yes, I would give my life for them,' Susana said.
Analicia is Susana and Anthony's biological daughter and said growing up with adopted and foster siblings was a blessing. "It was instant love with a lot of them," she said.
She is following her parent's lead and now on her way to becoming a foster parent with the hopes of adopting, dedicating herself to helping children who need it the most.
"Seeing my parents, they were my role models to start the process, and I thank them every day for it."
To learn about foster, adopting, and what steps you need to take, head to AASK's website.