Florida Girl Finds New Hope, Happiness in Her Adoptive Family

Life has changed drastically over the past year for a little girl once featured in the Heart Gallery.

Denalee Chapman March 19, 2016

Angelina, age 7, was in the foster care system in Miami when Jessica Shuman first encountered her through the Heart Gallery. Jessica and her family felt an immediate closeness to her. Little Angelina was performing way below grade level, on ADHD medication and sleeping pills, and not at all vocal. There have been lots of ups and downs in the Shuman home since Angelina came to live with them a year ago, but the hardest battle was the 8-month wait before Angelina’s adoption could be approved. Now, with a new family, a new home, and even a new name, Zoe (Angelina) is up to grade level in most subjects and is an outspoken member of the Shuman family.

Read the full story and see the video depicting the kids’ excitement at the news of Angelina’s adoption here.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


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