When I was 11 years old, through no fault of my own, I was place in foster care. I often felt like no one wanted me, and I worried I would never find a family who would love me. I didn’t know what to do, and I felt so lost. My social worker often came to visit me to check in and see how I was doing. I still vividly remember the day she came over to tell me there were three families interested in adopting me! She let me read all of their profiles and pick who I thought I would like. Two of the families were big and hots lots of children, and the third family, Robin, was a single woman with no kids. Robin was a preacher, and I told my social worker I liked her. The next time my social worker came to see me, she told me that Robin was still interested in adopting me! I was so happy and excited to meet her!
We met in May 2008. I thought she was super nice and sweet. We had many visits and I stayed at her home overnight a few times. After spending some time getting to know each other, I finally got to move in with her. In November 2009, Robin and I had matching jackets made with “GOTCHA 11/21/2009” on the back to celebrate our finalization day. As we sat there in front of the judge, he told us he had been following my case from the beginning until now. The judge looked at us and asked if we were sure we wanted to go through with our adoption. I started to cry when I said yes because I finally found a family loves me!
I am now married, and I have two children of my own. It was my mom, Robin, who taught me how to be a good mom. From her, I learned what being a mother really meant, and no matter what Robin will always be my mom. Thank you all so much for the support and helping me find my forever home.