From a young age, Christine Doolan knew she wanted to adopt. As a child she spent 3 years in foster care, and this experience stayed with her.
There are so many fears and rumors out there about adoption in general, and this is especially true when it comes to adopting an older child or teen. We’re here to dispel some of the more common myths and give you the facts about adoption.
When Vivian was 9 years old, her little brother was adopted without her. “They said I was too old,” she shares matter-of-factly. “One of the most heartbreaking things is to have your little brother taken away from you.”
Brenda felt connected to Chayan as soon as he arrived from Colombia. “The moment that sticks out most to me is the second he got off the plane.” She remembers Chayan running up to her in a blur of yellow,“ he had these little yellow glasses and his yellow shirt, and he was the tiniest little thing with this big smile on his face, running up to me.”
Laura and Maria are both excited to celebrate their first blended Christmas together. Though, Laura has made sure to let Maria know that double celebrations “do not mean double the presents!” Laughing, Laura says, “I told her we can open half on Christmas Eve and half on Christmas Day.”
Kristina Campbell would never have imagined years ago that she would be a mom, let alone a mom of a Hispanic teenager. However, working with immigrant families and unaccompanied minors changed this lawyer's vision, who lives in Prince George's, Maryland.