Our local department of social services workers face many challenges finding a new home for certain children.
It probably comes as no surprise that teens are harder to place.
In fact, of the 40 families currently on the roster for Clarke, Frederick, Winchester Foster Care, just 4 of them are willing to take teens.
One of those families says they are more than happy with that decision.
"The house sort of got smaller," is how Ivan Cherry describes the biggest change since his parents added two foster children to the family.
Mark Ramos is the latest addition. And Megan Dehaven came to them about two years ago.
Greta and Trey Cherry had to make sure it would be right for everyone in the family before they made their decision.
Trey says he was reluctant at first, wondering if they could make it work but his wife opened his eyes.
He says, "I had a lot of concerns in terms of, could we make the scheduling work. Could we be fair to everybody involved and I was looking at it from the wrong lens. My wife opened my eyes up to a different lens and she was right. Our hearts only grew. Our capacity only grew. We only learned more about ourselves and about who we are as people and... She sold me on it and the rest is history."
Greta adds, "Your heart always gets bigger each child you bring in. And I think that's really important. To let your kids see that your heart can grow. And there's always room for one more."
Opening their home to a teenager, like Megan, was never a cause for concern.
Greta tells TV3, "They're not monsters. They're kids and they need homes too.
Trey says, "They need a safe place to grow, they need a safe place to love and be teenagers."
There have been challenges changing the family dynamic the way they have and not only for the Trey and Greta.
Megan says when she was adopted by the Cherry family, "It started off pretty rocky because I guess I was dominant. I guess I was trying to be that here and then things pretty much calmed down and things have been better... When I moved here, everything changed. I'm not in trouble much anymore. I don't fight. I don't get into bad habits."
Megan says she still tends to push people away but with Greta and and Trey out of the room, she let her guard down and shared a message for the family who adopted her.
"Thank you for taking me in when I needed to be and for giving me a home and caring for me."
Greta says they were happy to give Megan a "forever home" and their door is still open.
Greta says, "We want to be that family for whomever needs us."