Guests on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" often get neat surprise gifts for their selfless deeds, and it's not all that rare for there to be some tears, too.

But some guests and their stories are really something special.

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Having grown up in the foster care system with his belongings kept in a garbage bag, Rob Scheer struggled to find a place where he felt wanted and loved as a child. Now, he wants to ensure that no kid has to endure the same pain and indignities that he did.

So, when he and his husband were ready to start a family of their own, they decided to foster — and later adopt — four children.

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The incredible story you didn't hear about the gay dads featured in American Girl magazine.

More than 10,000 comfort packs later, Rob Scheer continues fighting for foster kids.

You may have heard about Amaya, the 11-year-old girl with two dads who was featured in American Girl magazine.

And you may have heard about the backlash that came in response to Amaya's article.

But what you may not have heard about is the most important part of all: the work Amaya, along with the rest of her family, is doing to help the estimated 400,000 U.S. children currently living in the foster care system.

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