My brother and I were both placed into foster homes at a young age. He was lucky—he went to a family called the Ripleys. I went through four different homes in three years, and each one was worse than the next. I’d get to see my brother every few months. Ms. Ripley would take us
If we had to make a list of the most challenging jobs in the world, being a parent would surely make it to our top 10. Raising children, maintaining a household, and holding down a job to pay the bills and put food on the table is no easy task for anyone. But no matter
While some have the heart to abandon their pets, there are more people willing to save the lives of animals and even adopt them. One of these is Joey Wagner, a marine from Nova Scatia, who is also an animal lover. He didn’t just rescue a helpless puppy but also gave him a new home.
Family is one of the greatest gifts we have in this world. However, not everyone is as lucky to have one that is intact. Broken families are everywhere – a situation that sometimes can’t be helped no matter how much fixing is done. Robert Carter understood how important it was to be with loved ones.
This couple from Reading, Pennsylvania, got more than what they wished for when they recently became a family of 11 in July. Maxine Young, 30, and her husband Jacob Young, 32, tied the knot in May 2016 and wanted to start a family right off the bat. Maxine always wanted to adopt children. And when
Aside from being called “doctor,” this pediatrician from Noble, Oklahoma, just earned a new title: mom. Dr. Arveitta Edge is now the proud parent of a 10-year-old boy and his sister after the three officially became a family last month. Edge met her son D.J. when he visited her office for a checkup with his
In a rare moment, the notoriously private Sia opened up about her life as a mother of two. The singer revealed the happy news in an interview with SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up. Sia announced that she welcomed two sons into her family last year. She said she adopted the teens when they were aging out
When two-year-old Jaden’s biological parents went through the process of voluntarily signing over parental rights, Kimberly Wieneke and her husband rejoiced at the thought of welcoming the child as their own son. The couple from Fort Smith, Arkansas, had been fostering for over a year, and Jaden has been with them since May 2019. They
You’ve probably seen hundreds of romantic and heartwarming proposals on social media, and they keep on becoming more creative one after another. You always see a girl, oblivious and about to be surprised by their significant other, often ending with girls giving their sweet yes followed by tears of joy. But a proposal that became
In Disney’s hit animated adventure science-fiction film, Lilo said that ‘Ohana’ means family. Lilo could not have put it better—“family means no one gets left behind.” Last year, Treka Engleman, a math teacher at Winton Woods Intermediate School and single mother, adopted Mercedes, Alexis, and Elijah. The three children became part of her family as
Jayvee Lazaro Badile II is living his best life. A successful business manager at a financial company, he mentors financial advisors, lives in a beautiful home, wears luxury brands, and travels far and wide for both business and pleasure. His picture-perfect life though, is a far cry from his childhood as the adopted son of
A 75-year-old woman from Johnson County, Iowa was honored for her incredible life work of fostering over 600 children for nearly five decades, three of whom she ended up officially adopting. In October 2019, Linda decided to stop fostering children due to health reasons. After she announced her decision, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors