A Mother’s Newborn Photo Shoot Of Her 12 Year Old Adopted Son Go Viral

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.

  • tee

    Lol! That’s too cute

  • Lala Fisher

    Hilarious and heart warming all at the same time!! My heart felt congratulations to the new mom!! That young man is blessed to have been given a mom that would celebrate him in the way that any new mom would – regardless of his age…….way to go mom!!

  • Deb

    This is REALLY lovely but I hope his peers don’t make too much fun of him for it :)

  • Rosey

    This is so sweet that it almost made me cry. So lovely

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    The other day my brother sent me an old photo & I cringed. I joked telling him to burn it. Now it seems silly since this young boy doesn’t even have any old, embarrasing photos. The things we take for granted…

  • march pisces

    this is so cool! many blessing to the family…

  • Cocochanel31

    God Bless this family! I was a little like “How you Doin” when I saw the pic of the leggings with lace on the bottom ( me being ignorant) but am happy for this child and his family.

  • Chillyroad

    This was a great and novel idea. I hope Guiness Book of Records has him as the biggest newborn ever. That photo of his big feet is the cutest.

  • Chelley5483

    Absolutely love this. This totally made my day.

  • http://gravatar.com/arlicenichole Arlice Nichole

    *Heart stopped* This is love!

  • Marisa

    Aw I’m glad this is an older child because I feel way too many of them grow up in foster care because parents want smaller kids or babies. I hope more adoptive parents will give older kids a chance at a decent home life.

  • Niki

    Luv this story. Brings tears to my eyes. Quick question…..is Latrell wearing lace trimmed leggings in the photo with the feet? Never mind.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    these images are inappropriate, feminine and sissified for a 12 year old black male.

  • Tasha

    I agree with you 100%. At 12 weeks old sure, maybe 3 years old. Not with a boy nearing puberty or in it. How is this cute? No. The story is heartwarming, but there are better ways to display this; are those tights? #AnnouncementFail.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com Tonton Michel

    I disagree, I thought they were light hearted and in good fun for a one time thing.

  • The Moon in the Sky

    These pictures are a little weird.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    LOL I think it was fun and lighthearted, everything doesn’t always have to have to be serious or highly debated in thought. But I love the thought behind it and the effect not only for the bonding for the son and his mom but that it may get people to adopt older children who often age out of the system because of all the stigma attached to older adoptive kids that are often viewed as “too far gone”.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    more than a little…

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    and when they go on the internet and he has to go to school? oh, too late for that.

  • Job

    I feel sorry for this kid. This is beyond embarrassing.

  • apple

    oh..white people ..
    well thats nice i guess

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com Tonton Michel

    James, this boy should go around in fear of what other people who don’t know him think of him? What kind of lesson is that for black boys? Kids who would try him for this will try him for anything and don’t need these pics to start on him.

  • Shirl

    I hope this kid has a good sense of humor and thick skin cause he is gonna need it.

  • K

    We share a bday! I thimk it’s adorable.

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