My World Is So Much Brighter

Posted on October 12, 2018

The Kean family (from left): Maci, Chris (dad), Christopher, Gigi (mom) and Carolyn at their Miami home

Adopted just 51 days before her 18th birthday, Maci had all but given up hope of having a loving family. Placed into foster care at age 15 after the death of her parents, Maci said she had come to terms with being alone. “I was scared. I was lost. I felt hopeless. It was awful.”

But the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Maci’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (WWK) adoption recruiter, Stephanie, never stopped believing that Maci deserved a loving family. Stephanie became the first person who Maci knew she could trust.

With only months until Maci turned 18, Stephanie became aware of a relationship Maci had with a teacher at her school. The Kean family already thought of Maci as family. Once Stephanie reached out, the Keans were eager to make Maci an official part of the family. Gigi Kean immediately went to Maci and asked, “Would you be interested in us adopting you?”

“Once I got into the family, my world started to change, my mindset started to change, my future started to change,” Maci says.

Maci’s adoptive parents, Chris and Gigi, beam with pride when they describe their “phenomenal” daughter. Today, Maci is in college, studying art therapy. “She wants to combine her love of art with her empathy for others,” Gigi says.

Maci has the entire world open to her now thanks to the support of her new family, WWK recruiter and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s many supporters.

“I didn’t think that I would have a family again. I didn’t think I would go to college. I didn’t think I would have love, and with that, my world is just so much brighter.”

While Maci’s story has a positive outcome, our work is not complete until every child has a permanent home and a loving family. If you are interested in learning more about foster care adoption or have considered how you can grow your family through adoption, download our free, step-by-step guide.

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