“Kelly was there for me when I needed it,” she says. “I knew I wanted to stay with them. I wanted to be happy. No one at my aunt’s home really supported me as much as Kelly and Delaney do.”
For the first time, Kelly and Delaney are experiencing a role as parents to a teenager. “Julie is making our dreams come true,” Kelly says. “It also really punched me in the heart, when she left her siblings. There was a very good chance that they would never speak to her again. So, to come and live with us was a humungous sacrifice.”
Kelly and Delaney are hoping to make the adoption official very soon and to introduce Julie to her new grandparents. In the meantime, the three continue to get to know one another. Julie copes with her life changes through drawing and running, but she also realizes that talking about her feelings to Kelly and Delaney is a good coping skill as well. Kelly and Delaney are settling into their roles as parents to a teenager.
“Sometimes there are bumps in the road, and it’s good to have those because we learn through them,” Kelly says. “Julie is starting to see the bigger picture of where she can go in life and what she wants to accomplish.”
Julie says, “I now know what being happy feels like.”
Watch Julie’s story in episode 4 of “The Day I Picked My Parents.”
May 2020 Update!
Julie and her parents officially finalized their adoption, virtually, with several family members, friends, supporters and Kidsave staff all watching the beautiful moment unfold. “I’m an attorney. We don’t do anything virtually in my line of work. The fact that they were able to make this happen through the court system virtually was just huge for us,” said Delaney about the adoption. Julie’s name is now legally changed to Julie Slattery-Miller, a combination of both her adoptive parents. Congratulations to this amazing family!