Watch the story of how Alexandre and Franciso, adoptive parents from Brazil, found themselves adopting a sibling group of three boys. While they were originally searching for  one child under the age of six, after meeting siblings Patrick (12), Pablo (9), and Gabriel(6), Alexandre and Francisco couldn't adopt just one of them. In Brazil, many children who are "mixed race" are considered un-adoptable and additionally, like the United States, children over the age of six are less likely to be adopted. Both issues resonated with Alexandre and Francisco, and they decided they had room in their home and their hearts for all three boys. "They were trying to place the youngest and another one with us, but we wanted the three of them. From the start, it was unthinkable to leave one of the boys there,” Alexandre said. “We decided we would find a way to make it work. We felt we had no choice.” While this family is in Brazil, there are countless parallels to their stories and the stories we see every day in our program. Children are so much more more than their ages and they deserve loving, forever families who will accept and love them for who they are. 

 

Find the original article, here: https://theintercept.com/2017/02/06/a-same-sex-couple-set-out-to-adopt-a-child-they-ended-up-with-three/Photo: Courtesy Alexandre Louzada and Francisco David

If you or someone you know is interested in older child adoption, please contact Alex Williams, PWNL Outreach Coordinator at 301-664-9664 or awilliams@barkerfoundation.org