"A Beautiful Life"

I tell my children that they are beautiful and smart because, as an African-American adult, I know from experience that there are people in this world who will tell them otherwise.

A family with African American children
My husband, Shaun, and I have always known we would adopt; we also knew that we wanted to adopt through our state's Division of Family and Youth Services. So, several years ago, we signed up for training classes, and took that leap of faith that the child we wanted was already in the system just waiting for us to find him. I say "him" because we decided early on that we would adopt an African-American boy first. That choice was ...

I tell my African-American children that they are smart and beautiful because I know that the world may tell them otherwise.

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