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Kerry Barrett ReportingThis time of year is a time for family and giving thanks. But a lot of families are grateful simply to BE a family, and adoption is what makes it possible.

November is National Adoption Month and in celebration of this, KSL's Kerry Barrett spoke with families who shared their stories of adoption. Tonight meet the Caldwells.

Wendy Caldwell: "It was the easiest pregnancy I've ever had.

Dan Caldwell: “Yeah, she had a great recovery."

With a new set of twins just a few months old, Wendy Caldwell looks great. She and her husband Dan are both glowing. But it didn't come that easily; it was only after trying to have more children for what seemed like forever that Dan and Wendy began to look into adoption.

Dan Caldwell: "She was really excited about it and for me it was ‘O.k., I'll go check this out.’ And when I saw the choice that the birth moms were making, that really moved me. Before I thought ‘How could I take somebody else’s child?"

Even though Dan had a change of heart, there were still worries, worries adoptive parents say you can't help but think about.

Wendy Caldwell: "Am I going to feel any different? I didn't know. I hoped and prayed that I wouldn't, but I really wondered if I was gonna feel any different having my own biological children and then adopting."

Nonetheless, they began filling out the paperwork, wrote their profile and then began what they thought would be the long wait.

Dan: "I thought it was gonna take a long time. And, the agency that we went through, I felt it was almost like we made the choice and then here were these incredible miracles."

That's right, miracles, with an "S" -- twins, Caden and Trey.

Wendy Caldwell: "We knew we were gonna adopt two, we just didn't know we were gonna get them together. And we feel so blessed and so lucky that we have two together and we may wait a couple years and adopt another, but we had an incredible adoption experience."

They say much of the credit goes to Karen Armstrong. She's the adoptive family representative. Karen helps with paperwork, questions and generally eases parents through the process. Finding the right match between both families is essential.

Karen Armstrong, Adoptive Family Representative: "We screen our families carefully and we will make sure that the family that she picks is a family that she can feel comfortable placing her baby."

In this case, the right match included an open adoption.

Wendy Caldwell: "Because we met the family, we were very connected with them and I felt an immediate connection with birth mom. And so you know also going through her emotions of knowing she has to give up these beautiful babies. It's just such a gift."

The Caldwells's say there was never any doubt it was a perfect match.

Wendy Caldwell: "I can remember walking into that hospital and holding these babies and it was immediate bond. It was just unbelievable and I know that our whole family just loves them so much. We're just so blessed."

They say the blessing is extended to the entire family with older siblings chipping in happily to help out. The only worries remaining are telling the two apart!

Dan Caldwell: "This guy’s about a pound heavier, Caden, and he was the first one born. He's got a little bit of a rounder head and he's a bit more feistier."

They believe it's important every family knows, if you're having trouble having children there is an alternative that's just as rewarding.

Karen Armstrong: "There are families out there. For every baby there is a family."

Wendy Caldwell: "It was just an incredible, enjoyable experience."

Experts say there are a lot of misconceptions about adoption. Some include age restrictions, limits on numbers of children, that adoptions take years and years, or that neither adoptive families nor birth parents have choices. All are untrue.

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