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Emma and Nora were four and eight when they first started living with the Hollands. Now they're nine and 14, and already the two have a lifetime of memories with their new family. Emma and Nora were four and eight when they first started living with the Hollands. Now they're nine and 14, and already the two have a lifetime of memories with their new family.
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

A home for the holidays. That's the wish for hundreds of children this Thanksgiving waiting to be adopted. According to Mississippi's Division of Family & Children's Services, there are more than 700 children in custody right now just in Hancock and Harrison Counties.

Mag Holland and her husband have spent nine years fostering children.

"I have four foster children right now, and two adopted children, and four biological children," said Holland.

This past March, though, they decided to permanently open their home to two sisters. Emma and Nora were four and eight when they first started living with the Hollands.

"We didn't intend to adopt," explained Holland. "That's not what we went into. We were just foster care. But when they became available, obviously we adopted them, and we're very blessed."

Now they're nine and 14, and already the two have a lifetime of memories with their new family. Big sister Nora admits, it was a prayer answered.

As she puts it, "I actually think they're pretty cool. [I] get to learn how they react with everything, and their lifestyle compared to how me and Emily used to live."

Holland vividly remembers the day she picked Nora up.

"The night before I picked her up, she prayed real hard that somebody just want me. Please, God send somebody to want me. So when I went to pick her up, she wasn't nervous, she wasn't afraid. She walked in, she looked at me, she went and got her stuff and came back out, and she said she knew that's who God sent for her, and she was good with that."

"I was kind of happy," says Nora. "Pretty happy."

This holiday, Holland is spreading her own message of hope serving as a voice for the children waiting to make their own memories.

"If you're thinking about adoption, fostering a child or adopting a child, the clock is ticking. Children belong in families, they belong in a home. You don't have to be rich. You don't have to be perfect. You don't have to have a big fine house and all that. All you have to do is care."

Nora, meanwhile wants children like her to know, they too will find a home.

"They shouldn't give up hope that there's going to be a family out there that's gonna get them one day."

Mag Holland encourages all families to become licensed for foster care, and at least give it a try. She's fostered 19 children so far, and says it's the best decision she's ever made. Holland says it's not hard to become licensed, and there are always people willing to help you through the process. For more information, visit: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/fcs_adoptall.html.

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