Valley family adopts boy with spina bifida, fosters 25 kids

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A Fort Verde, Arizona family has opened its home to children with special needs. They have fostered more than 25 kids and adopted four of them.
 
Their most recent adoption is a boy with spina bifida who was left to die in a Bulgarian orphanage.
 
Daren and Stacey Gagnon have walked a long and arduous road to build this beautiful family. Darren, a high school science teacher, and Stacey, a nurse, planned on only having two kids. 
 
Then one day at school, Stacey met a foster child. 
 
That night, the Gagnons decided to become foster parents. With Stacey's medical background, the couple trained in "Medical Foster Care," fostering and eventually adopting children with special needs. 
 
The Gagnons fostered their first adopted son, Isaac, when he was just a baby.  Isaac spent weeks in the hospital having seizures and screaming in pain from migraines. 
 
After just one year in the Gagnons care, Isaac improved beyond recognition.
 
The Gagnons went on to adopt Isaac, Ellie and Joel. And most recently, Israel, a five-year-old Bulgarian boy with spina bifida. 
 
Stacey discovered Israel through Reece's Rainbow, a nonprofit that helps find homes for foreign children with special needs. 
 
Stacey flew to Bulgaria to visit Israel's orphanage, a place that she calls a "Hell Hole." A cold, sterile building where disabled children are locked up to die.
 
Israel spend the first four years of his life jailed in a crib. When Stacey met him, his leg was tied to a bar so he could not get out. 
 
He had never been outside.
 
Stacey returned to Arizona, determined to save Israel. 
 
She started a blog called "Ransom for Israel", documenting the horror she cannot forget. 
 
Through her blog, Stacey began fundraising for orphanage medical supplies and for Israel's $38,000 adoption fee. 
 
In January, 2016 the Gagnons flew back to Bulgaria and rescued Israel from the orphanage.
 
Stacey and Darren say their children immediately embraced their new little brother as  if he'd been a part of the family all along. 
 
VIDEO: FOX 10's Kristy Siefkin brings us the full story of the Gagnon family.
 
For more information: www.ransomforisrael.com

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