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Robert

Robert

Robert

 

I guess I started my adoption journey when I was born. I was born into a family with three brothers and two sisters. Two other brothers were born later. The last time we were in foster care was December 30, 2000. We were all separated into different emergency homes. We were moved from shelters, to relatives, to shelters, to foster homes. Four of us finally ended up together when my parents decided to take my brother and I. They were adopting one of my sisters and my youngest brother Kevin. They hadn’t taken us for two reasons. We were supposed to go to my grandma in California and we were also very challenging. At least that is what mom says. I say we were really bad. One day after we moved in my mom asked me what was the magic that turned me around. I said being with my brothers and sisters and knowing I had a forever family. She said they would never give up on us and that families stick together through the good times and bad times. It has been six years and things have not always been easy. My brother was in Charter a lot of times before coming to live with our parents. I was excited when I heard we were all being adopted. I have never been ashamed. I am very lucky. If my parents wouldn’t of adopted me I would of ended up drinking, doing drugs and quitting school. I am a sophomore now and I won’t quit. I have three older birth brothers that weren’t so lucky. My mom tells people that successful families don’t happen by accident. There are reasons you have to be flexible. Parents have to accept the child for who they are, have realistic expectations and communicate openly. I had to ask my mom this but I knew she said something. I love to work outside and work hard. I am an independent landscaper I contract with “Masters Hand Landscaping” I want to tell other teens it is okay to love two sets of parents. My adoptive parents are my real parents. They take care of me. My birth parents gave me life and I went through challenges but I will be able to help others. I am going to change my birth family history forever.

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