Family Forever: The Gallaghers
Help us find forever families for the more than 9,000 children in Texas in need of a loving home.
The Gallaghers' Story
Starting a family wasn’t the plan when successful technology entrepreneurs Ann Marie and Harry Gallagher got married.
Career-focused and enjoying life together, they even built their dream house“with no plans to fill it with children.” But, according to Ann Marie, “one day we realized that we were missing the family experience, and we thought ‘there has to be a greater purpose in life.’”
With encouragement from fellow church members, Ann Marie and Harry began to open their hearts to adoption. Before long, they turned to DePelchin Children’s Center to begin their adoption journey.
The couple first adopted Jose (10) and Samantha (5), a set of siblings who had suffered severe abuse and neglect in the care of their biological parents. With the Gallaghers’ love and support, the children began to flourish. Ann Marie and Harry immediately gained a new perspective as parents: the importance of“guiding a child through life.” Instead of stopping their family with the addition of Jose and Samantha, they decided to keep their hearts and home open to others, “not knowing where it would lead....” One year later, they met Wesley.
Fifteen at the time, Wesley was living in a residential treatment center after several failed adoption attempts and stays in psychiatric hospitals. Ann Marie and Harry realized that it would be a challenge to adopt an older child with special needs, but they felt up to the task, knowing they could rely on DePelchin’s expert support services to see them through. When the couple learned that Wesley had a six-year-old sister named Angelina, they decided to adopt both children.
Now, with their dream house full of children (Wesley - 17, Jose - 15, Samantha - 10, and Angelina - 8), Ann Marie and Harry beam when they say, “This is the family that God intended for all of us. Our children were looking for a home, for a family, and we have all found our forever family. DePelchin isn’t just a part of our story, DePelchin is our whole story.”
Please join us with a gift that helps DePelchin find forever families for the thousands of children in need of a loving home. ‘Tis the season to fill the house with the laughter and love that children bring.