Minn. families to adopt 11 Colombian orphans

MINNEAPOLIS - During the Thanksgiving Holiday, 11 orphans from Colombia visited Santa and each one told him what they wanted a family for Christmas.

What good 'ol Jolly St. Nick may not have been able to provide personally, good people from Minnesota have.

"We had a total of 11 families come forward with their intent to adopt them, so we have 100 percent success with that," smiled Lindsay Swiggum, Camp of Dreams.

For most of their lives, for one reason or another, the kids were not wanted, but a week at Camp of Dreams and they now have perspective parents who cannot wait for them.

"It should be about a 6 to 8 month process for the adoption process to finish and also we're pushing forward really quickly because some of these kids are almost past the age where they can no longer come into the US," explained Swiggum.

Camp of Dreams serves as a last resort for the children.

Many of the kids are 12 and 13 years old. If they aren't adopted now, once they turn 16 in Colombia they move on to an institution with other kids just like them and where adoption is no longer an option.

At 18, they're on their own.

It's a predicament that no longer concerns these 11 kids and it's highly likely there will be more, just like them next year.

"It's happening again," said Swiggum. "We're going to be having another camp in 2014, so same time over Thanksgiving."

For more information about Camp of Dreams, go to campofdreamsmn.com.


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