Adoption is a personal experience, and a boomlet in new sites speeds the process and airs recurring issues.
JAMES ROMENESKO STAFF WRITER
Sonia, a little girl born without arms in India, faced a difficult life in her native country.
“It’s bad enough if you’re a girl in India but if you’re disabled you’re really in trouble,” says Jody Johnson, a Richfield resident who stumbled on the 8-month-old’s picture at an adoption Web site. “You can’t marry, you can’t work, and you spend your life in an institution.”
The 32-year-old woman had been interested in adopting a child since her high school days, when she read a book about special needs children without families.
“The fees were a barrier for a long time,” says Johnson, who has two children, ages 3 and 5, with her husband, Michael Boyer.
Last March, when her family got an Internet account, Johnson punched “adoption” into a search engine to see what would come up.
“I wasn’t actively looking to adopt a child at that time — I was just playing around with the Net,” she says. “I came up with a ton of listings.”
And then she saw Sonia at a site called Precious In His Sight.
“They had a profile of her saying she was a wonderful, social child, but she has a challenge in that she was born without arms,” says the mother. “I carried the profile around in my pocket for two weeks while trying to figure out how to come up with the money.”
Just months later, the forms have been completed and the family has been approved to receive Sonia. … Continue Reading