On the day before Thanksgiving, we have a wonderful Wednesday's Child adoption success to tell you about. We're just not sure who's more thankful, the little one-year-old who found a permanent home, or his new parents.
Pictures from Wednesday's Child in Oct. of 2006 show a little guy with a lot of energy and a killer smile. What he didn't have was a permanent home, but it wasn't for lack of interest. More than 100 people called to see about adopting Che'.
"Somebody needed to love Che', said his new adoptive mother, Kelly.
And one of the families watching was Kelly and Gerald.
"We had watched him on Wednesday's Child, and we watched it about nine times in a row. We went up on the Internet; we kept pressing play, pressing play. And my husband kept saying, you know this little guy might actually fit," Kelly explained.
The gut feeling turned out to be the right one when they later met Che' at an adoption fair.
"He kinda chose us, though. When we got there, he reached out to me and it just broke my heart," said Che's new dad, Gerald
Gerald is quick to say adoption takes time and commitment, but the rewards are worth it.
"It's a lot of work. But the what-you-put-into-it, you-get-out-tenfold 'cause the love that they give you, the bond is that much greater, 'cause they know you chose them instead of just being naturally-born," explained Gerald.
But Che' has lots of work ahead of him.
"He was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, and I think that he's probably overcome more in his two years than most people will overcome in his life," said Kelly.
Luckily, he now has the loving stable home he needs to reach his potential.
"To be the best he can be, to show everybody that said there's things that he couldn't do and just prove 'em all wrong.'Cause he's come tenfold in the past year, and the sky's the limit for him," said Gerald.
Every adoption is hope for success, but there are so many more children in need of homes.
If you think you'd like to get started in the process, call the Las Vegas office of the adoption Exchange at 436-6335.