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Moorhead Family Needs Help Bringing Family Home

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A Moorhead couple is crossing borders and breaking boundaries in an effort to unite a family.

"The plight of many children around the world is... Well, the reality is, they don't have a family or somebody to care for them," Lisa Heppner said.

For some, her words are a call to action. Adoption is a growing necessity in countries around the world, impacting children and families of all kinds.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman shows us how one local family is on a mission to change the lives of others.

"The boys are busy, but man, life would be so boring without them," Lisa said as her kids played on the floor.

Lisa was never one to stand for suffering, even when it came to children she had yet to call her own.

"everyone has the opportunity to change that for a child.

Meet four-year-old Levi's, sweet, little, unbiological brother, Marky.

"Three years ago, we started the process to bring Mark home. And, thankfully, we brought him home in December," Lisa said.

"Before our first adoption, I had never been outside the US, besides Canada," Josiah, Lisa's husband, said.

The couple first laid eyes on Marky in an orphanage in Uganda, where the walls were made of concrete and razor-sharp wire.

"There are a dozen kids running at you, screaming, yelling "mommy, daddy," because that's how they call everybody. They're grabbing you, pulling you, telling you to grab this toy that they can't reach," Josiah remembered. "It's heartwrenching, but it just gives you a glimpse of their life and how bleak or meager their circumstances are."

For many there, the future grows dimmer by the day.

The orphanage workers would have told you a four-year-old girl would never find a family, that she's too old to be adopted.

"We were told that she's turning five. We found out later, when they found her birth certificate, that she'll be turning four in October," Lisa said.

Lisa wouldn't stand for that.

"She prepared a room-- took our office and guest bedroom and just took everything out, painted flowers on the walls," Josiah said.

With arrangements made and papers filed, there are some things for which mother's won't stand. For others, they'll go a great distance.

"Our family won't be complete until she's here," Lisa said.

The Heppners expect to get a call any day now from the Uganda courts, asking them to fly out and finalize the adoption. There's one hitch in the process, however. International adoption can cost as much as $20,000 to $40,000, and this is the Heppner's second.

They still fall about $10,000 short. You can help them out by clicking here, where their blog has already helped to raise thousands of dollars.

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