EAST TEXAS (KYTX) -- An East Texas couple has their lives changed forever by taking a chance on children specifically those in foster care. Their efforts are now getting national attention.
It was 1968 when a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, baby girl needed a home.
"I always felt that it was very neat to be adopted," Kara Curfman said. "I think my parents always told me that. They told me I was chosen so the thought of adopting a child was always in my mind."
This passion grew from Curfman's own personal journey, but convincing her husband, Locke, would be a different story.
"I was not exactly the one jumping overboard to go into foster care," he said, not realizing that his life would soon be changed forever. "She always said never underestimate the power of a praying wife but the first time I went to one of the Buckner training classes I was switched in the other direction and couldn't imagine doing anything else."
After becoming certified foster parents through the Buckner Children and Family Services, this Longview couple began taking in foster children.
"When people say 'which one is your own,' I look at them and I say they are all my own," Curfman said. "Some of them only as long as the state deems them my own but they are my own."
The Curfman's have three biological children ages 8, 12 and 15 who also welcomed the foster children.
"It's a great opportunity to have little ones in your house and it's fun," Caroline Curfman, 12, said. "It may be messy but it's fun."
Colin Curfman, 8, also enjoys the little ones.
"I play with them a lot," she said. "I color with them. Help them with things."
Kara and Locke give their unconditional love to each child placed in their home.
"We had already decided if they were adoptable then God had already chosen them for our family," they said.
So they followed their faith when 19-month-old Paris and 2-year-old Kylie became free for adoption.
"When it came time to adopt them it was really just more of a formality more so than an emotional change or desire because we had already adopted them in our hearts."
And the sibling bond couldn't be stronger.
"They mean a lot," Curfman said. "I would never regret having taken them. I wouldn't give them back for anything."
This family's selflessness to help neglected and abused children caught the attention of lawmakers in Washington.
Representative Louie Gohemert selected them as the 2011 Angels for their outstanding advocacy for foster care and adoption.
"That was shocking," the Curfman's said. "We can only take one or two children at a time. There's 147 million in the world. How can we take more and it was to encourage other people to do the same thing as us."
The Curfmans said they didn't expect to feel compassion for the families who children were put in foster care, but they realized they need support and encouragement and if they follow the courts orders they should get a second chance and their children back.