An Arkansas teenager who spent 2,310 days — more than six years — in foster care was recently granted the gift of a lifetime: adoption by a forever family who has lovingly decided to take him in.
Dawn and Brad Bailey were already the parents of three kids when they heard about Chase’s story — and they had no intention of adding to their family.
“I had been known to say that the day that I adopted would be the day that Jesus ascends from heaven and tells me to adopt,” Dawn told Project Zero, an organization that focuses on child adoption in Arkansas. “We had two kids out of the house already. We were getting ready to just enjoy the few years that our 12 year old had.
She continued, “It’s was not something that I had ever considered doing.”
But then something suddenly changed, with the Bailey family feeling as though they were being called by God to bring 15-year-old Chase into their home — a profound realization considering Dawn’s past disinterest in adopting.
“It was kind of put in front of us by God that this is what we were to do. It’s not our decision,” Brad said. “It is our decision to follow what God desires us to do. … He didn’t choose us. We didn’t choose him. God’s the one that chose him.”
The family said they came to realize that Chase truly needed a home and a family — and his age and background didn’t matter to them; the calling they believe was from God took precedence over everything else.
So, Jan. 10, 2017, was Chase’s last day in foster care, with the Bailey family heading to court to officially adopt the teen.
The stunning moment is captured on video, with pure joy stretching across the faces of Dawn, Brad and Chase, as a judge made the adoption legal and official.
Watch the amazing moment below:
In the end, Chase couldn’t have been happier, as this was the moment he had waited so long for. And the teen was candid with Project Zero, explaining that he believes every child in foster care, regardless of age, deserves to be adopted.
“Since I’ve been in foster care it’s been a long ride, I guess … not knowing where you’re going to go,” Chase said. “I think that every kid — even if they’re a teenager or not — needs a chance and needs to be in a home.”
(H/T: Project Zero)
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