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Successful Families

Fantastic teachers saw the same potential I did!

Cecilia R., an adoptive parent in Texas

I was single at 29 and decided that if I were not attached to someone by the time I was 35, I would adopt. Well the time went by quickly and I began the adoption approval process in August 2000. I was approved in Feb. 2001. Mackenna and Mom

My worker Sharon and I started working and we had alot of misses. In June 2001 I came across a little girl with cerebral palsy on the TARE website and submitted an interest form on her. I'm a therapist so this didn't frighten me. After learning more about her I decided that I could do it.

MackennaI joke with people who ask me about her and say that my little girl arrived on August 31, at 7 PM weighing 37 pounds and was 42 inches tall.

Everyone in my daughters life before believed she was not ever going to walk and that she was mentally retarded. After therapy and lots of help with her school work and with fantastic teachers who saw the same potential I did, she is walking and her therapist thinks that in 2-3 years she'll walk without a walker or crutches. She is making progress in school. She still has difficulty with math but is making steady progress.

She is beautiful and has a sense of humor that is beyond belief. She is now 10 1/2 years old and we are fast approaching the end of our third year. I feel like she has been mine forever. She thinks "her world" will be perfect when she gets a baby sister or brother. God has truly blessed me.


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