- Brooks County, Ga. - December 11, 2011 -
By Greg Gullberg
It's the holiday season but unfortunately many American children don't have families to celebrate with.
The number of adoptions in the U.S. is declining according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In 2010 there were less than 53,000 adoptions from public agencies nation-wide.
That's a steep fall from 2009 with well over 57,000 adoptions.
Still the numbers have increased since the year 2000 with only 51,000 adoptions.
But numbers won't sway one family in Brooks County, Georgia that's planning the first Christmas for their newly adopted baby-boy.
The Lang family tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that it was a whirlwind adoption they never saw coming.
Shopping for the holidays.
Jodi and Chris Lang have some extra presents to buy this year.
They just adopted 3-month-old Quentin into their family.
In September Jodi went to visit her father in the hospital.
She'd never even thought of adopting before.
In the waiting room a woman told her about her niece who was pregnant with her fifth child but still hoping to go to nursing school.
Lang says she sympathized and half-jokingly said that she could care for the baby for them.
"And before I even finished making my offer she was on the phone with the niece all excited, telling her niece that they had finally found a family to take the baby and I think my jaw must have dropped to the floor," Lang tells Gullberg.
Turns out the woman was very serious and within days Jodi and Chris had a new baby boy.
"We hadn't planned on anymore kids, but when the opportunity presented itself we got excited about it. Like okay, it would be fun to have a little boy," Lang said.
The Lang family brought little Quentin home when he was only 5 days old.
Now, 3 months later the adoption was just finalized on Monday.
The Langs have a diverse home.
Dogs and cats living together.
And now kids - both black and white.
Their daughter they had together.
And a newly adopted son that they love just as much.
The Langs have had a tremendous surge of support from friends and neighbors, donating everything from diapers to baby cribs.