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Forck family hopes Facebook contest will help in visit to children's homeland

Brian and Lisa Forck have always worked hard, and taught their children the same. The family even won an award from a local business owner for teaching their children the importance of being fiscally responsible.

The hard work allowed the family of seven to adopt three children from Korea, and also allowed them to start a savings account that would help the entire family visit the country.

The Forcks had two natural biological, sons, Cole and Chase, when in March 2003, after a year of paperwork and waiting, they were able to add a daughter, Kaelin, to their family.

Kaelin was born in Korea and lived with a foster family for the first six months of her life. When a child is put up for adoption in Korea, an adoption plan is made by the birthparents and their children are placed with a foster family until they are placed. That method of caring for children is what led the Forcks to choose to adopt from Korea versus other countries.

“Our two oldest are three years apart, and we knew we wanted another child and wanted them to be about three years apart also,” Lisa said. The day they filed the paperwork to adopt again was the day their second daughter, Chelsi, was born.

Thinking their family would not grow anymore, the Forcks began saving money for a trip to Korea for the entire family.

But an accident in 2008 left dad, Brian, with a broken neck.

“Just 14 months after my husband’s basketball accident, leaving him a walking quadriplegic, we received notice from a social worker that one of our children had a biological sibling and they inquired if we wanted to adopt,” Lisa’s submission to the Reader’s Digest Facebook contest said. “After prayer, and much thought, we realized that regret would only come if we chose not to bring him home. We were surprised with a precious gift of $6,000 and were able to pull the remaining $24,000 plus necessary from savings, selling things and home equity.

“In a very quick two months, we had a bedroom built in the basement for our oldest two boys. We got the call, and our daughters and I hopped on a plane to Seoul, South Korea, to bring home our youngest son.”

The trip to Korea was a first for Lisa, who said their other Korean-born children had been brought to them. It gave her a chance to take the older children to see their foster moms and visit other places on the week-long trip to pick up their sibling.

Since returning home, it has been Lisa and Brian’s dream to take a trip — with all seven family members — to Korea.

“We want to go one time, all seven of us to see it together,” Lisa said. “Especially after being there once with the girls, I feel especially strong about it. Everyone in the house has to understand where the youngest three are from.”

Despite pinching every penny they can, saving is getting harder, Lisa said. Without winning Reader’s Digest prize of $25,000, she fears they may never make it. And the amount is just enough to pay for the trip.

Voters can vote once a day.

The contest states that the family must finish in the top 100 and Reader’s Digest will chose the winner. The family has been in the top 25 consistently, but needs help securing their place in the contest that runs through Nov. 15.

You can vote for the Forck family by following the link: apps.facebook.com/yourlifecontest/content/miracles-and-blessing-around.

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