In 2013, Colleen and Jason Bosley began their adoption journey by taking part in Kidsave’s Summer Miracles program. Looking through the Kids Gallery, they found themselves reading the bios of three Colombian brothers, Rafael, Hernando, and Angel. For these boys, this was their second trip to the United States to take part in the Summer Miracles program in hopes of finding a loving, forever family.
To Colleen and Jason, the boys seemed like they would be the perfect fit to start their family even though the children were older than they had initially thought they wanted. “Something about their pictures just grabbed me,” recalls Colleen. Colleen and Jason saw a glimpse of hope in their future to have a family of their own. And with nieces and nephews of similar age, the thought felt all the more perfect.
Although the boys already had an advocating host family in Chicago that summer. Colleen and Jason felt driven to meet the kids and made the trip from New Orleans. They showed up at their first event dressed in theme as paddleboard instructors for a day of fun on the water bringing along their dog. After that wonderful first day, Colleen and Jason ended up staying for the next five days.
During that week, the Bosleys, Rafael, Hernando, and Angel all had the opportunity to have family dinners together at the host parent’s home, giving them a chance to get to know the boy’s personalities better. The eldest, Hernando, age 14, was the perfect protective older brother to his siblings. Rafael, age 11, was lighthearted and loved playing sports, especially soccer. And spunky 7-year-old Angel, like most kids, loved running around the house, grabbing any phone in sight, and recording the fun moments.
“All the boys were, of course, Spanish speaking and cute as a button,” says Colleen. “They had excellent manners too! Pulling the chair out for me and opening the door. No doubt well taught by their foster mom in Colombia.”
As the life-changing week came to an end, Colleen and Jason said their goodbyes and made the trip back to New Orleans, leaving the boys to enjoy the rest of the fun-filled summer with their host parents and the friends they have made through the Kidsave program. As they left, Colleen and Jason knew they wanted to move forward with the adoption process and had high hopes that they would see the boys again soon.
When the boys returned to Colombia at the end of Summer, The Boselys began their preparations to get them back home. And after just a few months, they were approved to move forward with adoption! The couple started regular Skype calls with the boys in Colombia, and the excitement began to stir as the kids had a pretty good feeling that they would soon be coming home to New Orleans.
Six months later, in 2014, the day finally came when Jason and Colleen boarded the plane to Bucaramanga, Colombia, with excitement and a few nerves knowing that they would be returning as a family of five.
“I was accustomed to traveling internationally, but we weren’t going to Colombia to sightsee. We were creating a family,” says Colleen. “It was unlike anything I had ever experienced. But being the adventurous type, my husband and I adapted easily.” Colleen and Jason used Google Translate to talk with the boys in Spanish, and the boys enjoyed lightly teasing Colleen and Jason’s broken Spanish.