BLAINE, Minn. (KMSP) - After five long years and three failed adoptions, a Blaine, Minn. couple has finally welcomed a new son.
Sarah and Tyler Adams sold their home, a car and some of their belongings to try and make their dreams of adoption come true. But whether it was the adoption agency going out of business, or legal trouble in the birth country, each time ended in heartache.
“Every time we got our hopes up and we thought it was going to happen, you would just get crushed again,” Tyler said.
Just when they were running out of hope, their faith was renewed with a phone call from an old friend.
“A friend of ours from college called us and said hey, you should come to Uganda, there’s a little boy here who needs a family,” Tyler said.
Tyler said at that point, they had already spent up to $70,000 on the other adoptions, so they decided to turn to the internet for help.
Through a crowd funding site, the couple raised $27,000 and started the process to bring the young boy home. READ THE STORY
In six months, the couple took turns travelling to Uganda for court hearings and adoption procedures. In that time, they got to know and love the boy they named Kingston.
“I remember walking in that orphanage thinking I would never in a million years let my daughter live in a place like this—and then it hits you, this is my son’s home,” Tyler said.
On June 30, Sarah flew to Uganda to finally bring Kingston home.
Tyler, their two-year-old daughter Ava and dozens of friends greeted them at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. Six days later, Fox 9 caught up with the family at their favorite neighborhood park.
“We’ve come to this park for years and thinking ok one day we’re going to have our son here, one day we’re going to take him to the beach, and now we’re living in that one day,” Tyler said.
Shortly after the Adam’s adoption went through, the Ugandan Parliament voted to tighten the rules and make it harder for foreigners to adopt orphans.