Updated: Wednesday, 06 Jan 2010, 6:27 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 06 Jan 2010, 10:41 AM EST
Middletown (WTNH) - A pair of grandparents have decided to adopt a two-year-old boy because they say it keeps them young at heart.
Donna and Russ Jacobs, of Middletown, are grandparents to two,
seven-year-old twins. And, after raising two children of their own,
Donna and Russ decided to start fostering infants with no intention
to ever adopt.
That is, until little, smiling Joey came around.
"The longer he was here, the more it just became apparent, 'you know what, why can't he stay?' You know everybody loves him," said Donna.
So Russ and Donna put any thoughts of the carefree life that comes with being empty-nesters behind them and started round two.
Their daughter Apryl Dudley, already busy with children of her own, supports the idea.
"It's great for my daughters to see how nice it is that we can take a child in and give them a home," said Dudley.
Russ and Donna admit sometimes others question what they're doing. But, they claim raising Joey is keeping them energetic and young.
"We just said, 'You know what, what's really holding us back? Just because of a number, our age? Is that number holding us back?' That's not a good enough reason," said Russ.
And now, two and a half years in, they have no regrets.
"It's been a very rewarding experience. You know you are doing a wonderful thing," said Russ.
They're not saying it's always easy, but Russ said regardless of your age taking in a child is always worthwhile.
If you are interested in learning more about adoption -- or about becoming a foster parent -- call 800-842-6348.