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Hope for a Home: Stamford Family to Host Colombian Child for Summer [UPDATED]

A Colombian boy named Jesson will trek all the way to Stamford in search of a permanent home, looking for his very own Summer Miracle through the organization Kidsave.

 

People who decide to adopt do not make the decision lightly. So many factors go into a decision like and, often, emotion is as key a factor as logic.

Inability to have a child or desire to provide love and opportunity to someone far less fortunate combines with months of paper work and tens of thousands of dollars. It is a process that can be as lengthy, arduous and expensive as a real pregnancy.

For Stamford residents Christelle and Angel Torres, that decision was compounded by the fact that they already have a 9-year-old son, Adrian. The Torres didn't immediately decide to adopt a child, but instead flirted with the idea first through foster parent certification.

They added one more element of uncertainty to their efforts by joining with the organization Kidsave International to play the role of host family to a child during the organization's Summer Miracles program, which lasts through all of July.

"For several years we've been following the program," Christelle Torres said. "We've volunteered with them, I've translated for them. This year, [Angel and I] got the courage to ask about adopting."

They wanted to give their biological son a chance to get a little older. State adoption programs prefer an incoming adoptee to be the youngest child in the scenario.

Jesson, who will be coming to stay with the family, is from Colombia, as are all 30 of the children coming with the program. He is 10. The children in Summer Miracles are all 8 to 13 years old. Christelle said she likes that.

"These kids want to be adopted," Christelle said. "They're older and have been screened for the emotional capacity to handle being integrated into a family. At 10, nobody wants him. People think that's too old to be adopted. That is not what older should mean."

The Torres will play host to Jesson, and they'd like to make him a member of their family forever, but that is not guaranteed. Jesson and the Torres family may not work out as a pairing for any number of reasons, but the right family for Jesson may be here in America.

And while they will get to participate in events every weekend with their friends and meet other families interested in adopting a child, the kids all know they will have to return home at least once more. All of the children will definitely be heading back to Colombia at the end of the month.

"We'd like to adopt Jesson, but we are a host family," she said. "We are there to advocate for him. We want him to get adopted, even if it doesn't work out with us. Older kids are no "damaged" kids, and they can bring so much to a family. Right now, the objective is to just give him the summer of his life."

Torres said since 1999, Kidsave has brought 1,700 children to American for a number of programs and has seen successful adoption campaigns that have resulted in 80-percent of the children finding homes.

[Editor's Note: This article has been updated with the correct spelling of 'Colombia.']

Lina June 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I just want to clarify that when you are referring to the country its spelled Colombia, and the children are Colombian. Thank you.
GiGi Cortes June 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM
The country in South America is Colombia. The city in South Carolina is Columbia. Thank You!
Maxene Fabe Mulford June 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM
wouldn't that be a Colombian student?
DJ McAneny (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Sorry, Ladies and Gents. I was a total jerk on that one. My apologies.
Lina June 14, 2012 at 01:21 PM
That is OK Mr. McAneny, I've seen it every where before, its something that needs to be clarify as many people confuse the country with the city. Thank you for the informative note anyway.
Christelle Torres June 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Families are invited to meet the children every weekend in July at Kidsave events in the tri-state area. If you’d like more information, please contact Cathee Gelman at catheeslh@aol.com. To see all the wonderful children who are participating in the Summer Miracles program this summer, visit http://www.kidsave.org/media-2/meet-the-summer-miracles-kids-3
Christelle Torres June 14, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Hello Maxene, The children are not coming to the U.S. to study. They're coming for the vacation of a lifetime and the chance to meet potential adoptive families. For more info, please visit www.kidsave.org
DJ McAneny (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Great info, thanks Mrs. Torres!
Rick Weedn June 16, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I am the adoptive parent of a Kidsave kid from 2009. He is now 15. Just graduated 8th grade with honors and as a top athlete. The adoption was my finest moment. He has graced my life with more meaning than I ever could have imagined. I know many of the California Kidsave kids and I can tell you. Do not hesitate to get involved. It is worth every bit of the hard work required. - Rick Weedn

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