“Monday is the day! Can you bring a camera?” He texted out of the blue one night, after many weeks of waiting. We showed up at the courthouse a week later, not knowing what to expect but excited none the less.
I haven’t attended many court hearings but I'd imagine very few go this well. Both sides were in agreement, full of anticipation and it almost seemed unnecessary to have a preceding.
The judge asked: "Young man, is this what you want?"
Kevin answered: “Yes, it is.”
The judge then asked: "And Mrs. Smith, do you agree to raise Kevin as you would your own son?"
She quickly answered, “Of course, he's already been living as my son.”
A few quick signatures and the adoption proceedings were over. After nearly a decade in the foster care system, Kevin had found a forever family with his aunt. Family can have many forms, such as an aunt caring for a nephew as her own son.
Kevin also knows the family of Christ through Youth for Christ. This is demonstrated to him week after week by our team of leaders and students in Pekin. And people like you who continue to pray and give to make all this possible. Thanks for being a part of the family.