A forever family for Kendrick - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

A forever family for Kendrick

In September 2016, we featured Kendrick in The New Family Tree, as he shared his desire to be adopted. We were there for his adoption day as he became a member of the Case family. (Source: KPLC) In September 2016, we featured Kendrick in The New Family Tree, as he shared his desire to be adopted. We were there for his adoption day as he became a member of the Case family. (Source: KPLC)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

A heart-warming update to a story we first shared with you in September 2016. Then 11-year-old Kendrick, a child in foster care, gave an emotional plea to be adopted, simply asking to be loved.

That dream came true and we were there for Kendrick's adoption day.

When we first met Kendrick, we knew he would be a child we would never forget, pulling at our heartstrings.

Through his tears, Kendrick shared the pain of being in foster care, separated from birth family, and unsure of his future in his third foster home.

He had spent several months in the home of Wendi and Troy Case of DeQuincy back in 2015.

"He was very shy at first, but it didn't take long for him to feel comfortable," said Wendi.  "He's very funny, he's very outgoing.  He loves people."

That love showed for the Cases and their grown children, Amber and Tayler.

"When we first got into fostering, we strictly were fostering, we weren't going to adopt," said Wendi.  "Our kids are older, we were done.  And then after Kendrick left, we saw your segment that he was open to be adopted and God changed our hearts and we knew that he was going to be our son."

So Wendi and Troy reached out to Kendrick's adoption worker and needless to say, he was thrilled to learn they could become his forever parents.

"My worker said I could go back with them," said Kendrick.  

Kendrick says he had missed this family that had meant so much to him during his foster stay.

Fast forward about eight months later and Kendrick's adoption day is finally here in front of Judge Mitch Redd in Calcasieu Parish.

"Are you here today to agree to this adoption?" asked adoption attorney, Carla Chrisco.

"Yes." said Kendrick.

Surrounded by friends and now official family, sporting their "Loves Makes a Family" shirts, Kendrick became a Case.

"Congratulations buddy!" said Judge Redd.  "You're a good looking boy!"

After pictures and more pictures, Kendrick and I went to a quieter area to talk about the magnitude of that moment.  

When the emotions resurfaced, he said this time, the tears mean something very different.

"Just that I'm happy," he said.

Happy to be home, deeply wanted, and loved.

Wendi and Troy Case say their biggest lesson through this journey with Kendrick is that God is in control, not them.  They encourage you to keep your heart open to adoption if you're feeling that tug.

Click here to see the original story featuring Kendrick in The New Family Tree from September 2016.

Learn more about foster care and adoption through foster care here. You can also call the Lake Charles region Department of Children and Family Services office at 337-491-2470.

Copyright KPLC 2017.  All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Gridlock in Lake Charles: School board says school buses may be delayed

    Gridlock in Lake Charles: School board says school buses may be delayed

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:21 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:21:08 GMT
    Traffic is at a near standstill throughout Lake Charles. (Source: Google Maps)Traffic is at a near standstill throughout Lake Charles. (Source: Google Maps)
    Traffic is at a near standstill throughout Lake Charles. (Source: Google Maps)Traffic is at a near standstill throughout Lake Charles. (Source: Google Maps)
    With traffic nearly brought to a halt throughout Lake Charles, officials with the Calcasieu Parish School Board are saying school buses may be delayed. There is gridlock throughout the city, the result of a crash on 210 earlier and maintenance being done on I-10. In addition to both interstates being congested, there is also congestion on U.S. 171 north between Moss Bluff and I-10. Calcasieu Parish School Board Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    With traffic nearly brought to a halt throughout Lake Charles, officials with the Calcasieu Parish School Board are saying school buses may be delayed. There is gridlock throughout the city, the result of a crash on 210 earlier and maintenance being done on I-10. In addition to both interstates being congested, there is also congestion on U.S. 171 north between Moss Bluff and I-10. Calcasieu Parish School Board Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • BREAKING

    Not something you see every day: Crews remove large swimming pools from 210 bridge

    Not something you see every day: Crews remove large swimming pools from 210 bridge

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:13 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:13:01 GMT
    An accident is causing traffic to back up in the 210 westbound lanes, from the bridge to Enterprise Boulevard. (Source: Google Maps)An accident is causing traffic to back up in the 210 westbound lanes, from the bridge to Enterprise Boulevard. (Source: Google Maps)

    Avoid the westbound lanes of 210. Accidents are blocking the lanes. Lake Charles police say there has been an accident involving 18-wheelers at the foot of the bridge. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Avoid the westbound lanes of 210. Accidents are blocking the lanes. Lake Charles police say there has been an accident involving 18-wheelers at the foot of the bridge. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • High-speed chase in Lake Charles

    High-speed chase in Lake Charles

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:19 PM EDT2018-04-20 17:19:02 GMT
    (Source: KPLC Viewer)(Source: KPLC Viewer)

    Police went on a high-speed chase down Lake Street and Prien Lake Road.  Cpl. Larry Moss has confirmed the high-speed chase but police are still investigating the situation.  Viewers have sent in footage and are reporting seeing two males who seemed to be cooperating with police and have left in custody.  KPLC and FOX29 are still following this story and will update with more information.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

    More >>

    Police went on a high-speed chase down Lake Street and Prien Lake Road.  Cpl. Larry Moss has confirmed the high-speed chase but police are still investigating the situation.  Viewers have sent in footage and are reporting seeing two males who seemed to be cooperating with police and have left in custody.  KPLC and FOX29 are still following this story and will update with more information.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly