Steve and Shelley adopted 8-year-old Jamie when she became an orphan at her mother’s passing. In this video, Shelley and Jamie talk about the decision to join together and be a family. Unlike many adoptions, the choice didn’t belong to just the parents. Steve and Shelley did have a say. But they recognized that Jamie was old enough to know what she wanted. It was Jamie who chose to live in Steve and Shelley’s home the day of her mother’s funeral. And it was Jamie who looked the judge in the eye and said, “Yes.  I want Steve and Shelley to adopt me.”

Although it took a few years for Jamie to call Steve and Shelley “Mom and Dad,” since that day, they have been family. In this tender interview, it’s clear that adoption is a blessing to all involved.