The McMullen Family:
Parents Tammy and Chuck with Biological Children Grant, Garrett, Jensen and Adopted Children James, Ciara and Hailey
Tammy and Chuck McMullen have been involved in fostering and mentoring children their entire married lives. They were foster parents for Ciara and Hailey and then found out they had an older brother James. The McMullen's united the sibling group and adopted all three, completing their family.
After fostering many children over the years, the McMullens were fostering two sisters, Ciara and Hailey in January 2009 and fell in love. "They blended in so well," says Tammy. Soon after, they found out the girls had an older brother, James, who was living in a foster home nearby. By December, they had adopted all three siblings, completing their family.
Having the girls join the family has been an exciting experience for Tammy, who enjoys buying dresses, sparkly shoes and hosting slumber parties. For older brother James, he immediately became "one of the big boys," playing, laughing and spending time with his sisters and spending time with his new brothers.
"We both felt like this is what we were supposed to do," said Tammy. "They complete our family - you don't realize there was something missing until you have it."
Tammy, an oncology nurse, and Chuck, who works for Florida's Attorney General in the Cyber Crime Unit, have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of Florida's children.
"We have found fostering, and now adoption, to be very rewarding," Tammy says. "Each child brings new experiences and leaves us with new memories. We are looking forward to making memories with our newly adopted children for the rest of our lives."