It's a boy...and a girl: Britney Glaser shares family news - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

It's a boy...and a girl: Britney Glaser shares family news

Sunrise anchor, Britney Glaser, with her family. (Source: Britney Glaser) Sunrise anchor, Britney Glaser, with her family. (Source: Britney Glaser)

It's a boy...and a girl!  No, I'm not pregnant with twins, so let me explain how the family of three we've enjoyed since welcoming Lila Rose in February 2015 is set to become a family of five by the end of the year.

Let me start by sharing a passion of mine professionally - and personally: connecting parentless children with forever families.

This month marks two years since KPLC launched The New Family Tree segment, featuring local children in foster care who are legally freed for adoption.  Through this segment, I interview a child who has typically spent years in foster care and then we air that interview for you, our viewers and readers, in the hope that someone will connect with the child and act.

It is a tough segment to put together.  The emotion of the children is raw and most of the time when I load up my camera gear and leave the interview shoot, I am overcome by the challenges these vulnerable children have faced at such a young age.

The greatest joy I experience, though, is when viewers do respond, children are placed in loving homes, and I get to be there for adoption day.  

Well, throughout the two years of doing this segment, the burden for parentless children has grown in me personally, as well as with my husband, Matt.

We went through the certification process with the state two years ago, at the same time I was pregnant with Lila.  We decided to "close" our home for the foreseeable future as we learned how to parent one child.

Fast forward several months and we learned about a little boy who had spent his entire young life in foster care.  With a little one at home, we weren't sure if it was the "right time" to pursue his case.  But we prayed, and prayed, and prayed some more and felt that this was where God was leading us.

The little boy was recently freed for adoption and moved into our home, where he is legally still considered our foster child.  We cannot share pictures of his adorable face or specifics about his story, but that is something we want to be transparent about in order to continue the dialogue about foster care, adoption through foster care, and domestic/international adoption.  There are 400,000 children in foster care today and nearly one-fourth of them are ready to be adopted.

Matt and I knew we couldn't stand on the sidelines anymore, even though we could think of a few big reasons to say "no."

In the midst of pursuing this child's placement, we found out we were pregnant! 

Initially, the thought of having three children under two seemed overwhelming.  But we knew we couldn't step away from pursuing the adoptive placement.  We knew we still had to do something and that delaying the process until the "time is right" could delay it forever!

We are excited to share that we are nearing the halfway point in this pregnancy and that it's a girl! 

These next few years will be extra crazy, we know, but it's a crazy that we know is part of a bigger, beautiful plan than we could have ever imagined.

It's going to be a wild journey and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Click here to read, "Fear, Faith, and a Family of Five," my latest post on my Britney Off Script blog.

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