HALFWAY - Standing among people who have given dozens of children the families they need, David Engle said, "These are all angels."
Members of the Washington County League of Foster and Adoptive Families came together Friday for a picnic at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park.
All have embraced children from broken homes or with physical disabilities or other unfortunate circumstances.
As the children played in the park and splashed in the swimming pool, they were just kids, though. Toys and bags of books awaited them at the pavilion when they dried off.
One of the seven children Janel Harshman of Smithsburg, cares for is her biological child. Another she adopted.
The youngest of the other five that she and her husband took in - ages 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 - was in a stroller at her feet. The girl has a visual impairment, a feeding tube, a shunt in her head, a chromosome defect and a condition that paralyzes her left side.