Yesterday on my Facebook feed, I noticed an article shared by my friend Scott Hanselman. “Here’s my sweet not so little newborn! His name is Latrell and weighs 112 lbs.,” Kelli Higgins proudly announced on Facebook. The Today article shared the story of Kelli Higgins and her adopted son Latrell. Higgins, a professional photographer, and her husband adopted Latrell and his sister two years ago.
“These children, once they get past a certain age, they don’t find homes and they age out of foster care,” Higgins told Today.
“They have to figure out the world on their own and there’s no one to go back to as an adult. Where do you go for Christmas? It’s just horrible, it’s heartbreaking.”
While Higgins was preparing for a newborn baby photo shoot, Latrell mentioned that he wished he had baby photos. Higgin’s biological daughter suggested that her mother give Latrell a photo shoot.
“I thought it was funny and that it would be a good idea,” Latrell told Today.
“I was very sad too because I didn’t have any photos of him either,” Higgins said. “I think it’s really hard to have children and not know what they looked like when they were younger.”
Latrell and his mother had a photoshoot and once she posted the photos on her Facebook page, the reaction and support was outstanding.
“The one reaction that is really humbling and I’m really excited about is there have been a lot of parents that come to me telling me that they were thinking about adopting a baby, but after seeing those photos it’s changed their minds and they want to adopt an older child,” Higgins said.
Higgins told Today, that the one lesson she learned from her son, is that we are never too old to want — and deserve — love, security and parents.