Glenna and Ed Hart are in the throes of their “second round” of parenting. After raising two girls, Kayla and Bethany, into adulthood, they are now parents to three boys: Jeremy, Eddy and Kalven, ages 10, 8 and 6.
Glenna and her husband, Ed had tried for twelve years to have another child after their youngest daughter, Bethany, was born. After having just moved to Mountaintop from the Lehigh Valley, Glenna and Ed were suddenly “empty nesters” with Bethany in her first year of college at age 19. Glenna remembers eating dinner with her husband one evening and caught part of a series WYOU was doing on children in foster care.
“We both looked at each other and were like ‘let’s see if we can do foster to adopt for a boy age 7-13’”, relates Glenna. “We called the number that was on the TV, and filled out the paperwork.”
Glenna said that the initial process was difficult and if they hadn’t been so dedicated to the idea of adopting a child, they may have given up in what seemed like an endless cycle of being bounced from agent to agent. The call eventually did come, however, but it wasn’t for a boy aged 7-13. It was for a toddler, aged 18 months and an infant that was not yet born. And, they didn’t have much time to decide whether or not to take in the children or continue their search.
“They needed to know by the end of the day because they had to find a home for the infant as soon as he was dismissed from the hospital. We talked it over and decided to give it a try,” recalls Glenna.
The Harts brought Eddy home from the hospital on December 6, 2007 and had arranged to meet his older brother the following day. The plan was for the Harts to get into a comfortable routine with an infant before bringing home a toddler, but at that first meeting, neither Jeremy nor the Harts could wait that long.
“We met Jeremy with his foster parents at the time,” explains Glenna. “We hung out for two hours and the case worker had arranged weekly visits to make acclimation easier for him. He looked up at me when they were leaving, put his arms up, and when I bent down to give him a hug, he latched on. I tried to explain to him we would be back but he started