The summer was full of memories they would never forget. They went to Central Park, Coney Island, attended Kidsave events, went sailing and swimming. The hardest part was knowing the girls would have to return to Colombia by the end of the program, said Dennis. The couple knew early on that they would adopt the girls but they couldn’t tell Alex and Hazel their plans due to the rules of the program. But “we always reassured them that although it was going to be a sad time, [going back] was the best-case scenario — and we made sure to send their letter of intent to adopt early,” said Dennis.
After the girls returned to Colombia, it was just a few months before they found out they were going to be adopted! The girls screamed with joyous disbelief as Jacqueline and Dennis spoke to them over Skype saying “We’re coming to Colombia tomorrow! We love you so much. We are so happy. This is one of the happiest days of our life!” Watch the girls’ reactions here.
The twins are now living a new life with an adoptive family who adores them and plans to give them the best future possible. The family is adjusting to life as a family of five and getting through each challenge, through the many peaks and valley together, said Dennis.
Although identical twins, they are both very different, said Dennis. “Alex is very sporty and strong; she wants nothing to do with make-up and is very motivated. She is often exercising and dancing,” Alex is a great soccer player and joined a local soccer team. “She is now one of the best players,” said Dennis. Hazel’s personality is almost polar opposite from her sister, he added. “She is a ‘girly girl’ who loves make-up, boys, and has taken an interest in photography and now uses it to express herself.” They are now 15 years old and are both doing well in school.
Dennis and Jaqueline said that while having their biological daughter was an absolutely beautiful experience, adopting their teenage daughters was equally as awesome. “It offers a different perspective on life. It’s just as gratifying,” said Dennis.