Family adopts baby left behind in the hospital, here’s why they always carry his adoption papers

Originally posted 2019. Photo update, see below.

This couple never expected that at their age, they would become adoptive parents to a precious baby boy.

Keia Jones-Baldwin, a North Carolina-based therapist, and her husband, Richardo Baldwin, were planning to adopt another child into their family of five. They were looking into older children to add to their happy bunch.

But then, an unexpected blessing appeared in their life in the form of a baby boy.


In 2017, Princeton was born prematurely to an ‘irresponsible’ mother. He only weighed a mere pound.

“My foster care supervisor called and said, ‘Is there any way you can go to the hospital and do skin-to-skin with a baby?’” Keia told TODAY Parents.

Without thinking twice, 36-year-old Keia agreed and took off to see the baby.

“I bonded with him so quickly,” Keia recalled. “I started going there every day.”

When Princeton was healthy enough to leave the NICU, he moved in with his foster family, the Baldwins. Keia’s children, Zariyah, 15, Karleigh, 16, and Ayden, 8, were instantly charmed by the new bundle of joy in their family.

Princeton with his loving siblings.

The original plan was for Princeton to stay with the Baldwins for three months. But that plan was not meant to push through because the supposed-to-be temporary family became his permanent one as they officially adopted him last week!

We often hear about adoption stories like this, but what makes this quite different is the fact that Princeton is white while his adoptive parents are black. This fact proved to be difficult for the family, as they got a lot of baseless accusations because of the difference in their color.

“We get a lot of stares,” Keia said. “I’m frequently asked if I’m Princeton’s babysitter. … I get, ‘Why didn’t you let him stay with a family of his own race?'”

She had even been reported to the police twice for kidnapping.

“We were vacationing in Tennessee and we went to do an old time, Western photo shoot,” Keia said. “The girl behind the camera would disappear and then come back. Finally she asked, ‘Is that your baby?’ I told her he was. Then she said, ‘I just took picture of this baby with his family two weeks ago.’”

Moments later, the police arrived and Keia had to show them a letter proving that Princeton was indeed in her custody and that it was legal for her to travel with him. And that’s the reason why they always carry their child’s adoption paper.

Princeton and his brother smiling while posing for a photo.

The other incident occurred last month when Keia had to pull over outside a man’s house because of a flat tire.

“I knocked on his door to explain why I was on his grass,” she said. “He called the police and said I stole my car and the baby.”

Despite these horrible and unjust experiences, Keia chose not to be bitter. Instead, she is making an effort to raise awareness and break down racial barriers through a Facebook page that she created, Raising Cultures. There, she regularly shares videos and photos of her beautiful, multiracial family.

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KJBaldwin Photography and Kings 21 Media | Facebook

The new adoptive parents are also loving every minute with Princeton, describing him as “hilarious” and one who can’t get enough of butterfly kisses.

“I don’t look at family as blood. I look at family as love,” she said. “When Princeton came into our lives, he came into our hearts. Love conquers all.”

While we live in a world of technological advancements, it’s sad to know that other people still have primitive views about race.

Hopefully, with the help of stories like this and the thousands of individuals making an effort change these wrong views, people would learn to see beyond a person’s skin color and instead see them for what they essentially are – human.

Update: Here’s new family photos (December 27, 2022) from this inspiring family.

Recent photo of the Baldwin family

If you want to follow this family’s amazing and inspiring adventure please follow them here: Raising Cultures

5 thoughts on “Family adopts baby left behind in the hospital, here’s why they always carry his adoption papers”

  1. I think this is wonderful for this family todo this colour should never come into it I hope your family have meny good years. Together god bless you all xx

  2. Thank you for your love for this child and your selfless love for this family. People can be so cruel, even to a small child of God. you are the lucky ones to have this beautiful family. thank you for sharing!!!!!

  3. when white people can adopt color children whiteout problems. its must be normal black people can adopt whit children. the soul is not colored. and love dont see any color. i wish the family a lof happiness; they have a big heart.

  4. So proud of you for exalting love above whatever else is floating around our culture these days! You are a beautiful family. We had a black baby girl in our lives for 10 months a very long time ago. She was such a joy, and we got a lot of comments and weird looks, but we all loved her and would have adopted her if it had been permitted by the agency at the time.

  5. You go get em girl. It’s not the color of our skin that matters to any sensible person, it’s the color of a person’s heart. Love has no boundaries. Congratulations ❣😂😂

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