“At the age of 39, Kristen Grae Williams decided to adopt a baby. “I always dreamt of being a mom and just because I didn’t have a partner, I didn’t want to miss out,” the Cincinnati resident told Humans of Bombay in an interview published yesterday on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child. Although plagued with doubts about being a single mother, Ms Williams soon realised that any child would be happier at home than at an orphanage.
But being a “single female” restricted her options, so the American woman started exploring international adoptions. “I applied to Nepal, paid 28,000 dollars and even got accepted, but when the US department of State suspended adoptions from Nepal, I was heartbroken,” she revealed.
Having lost the money she had put up, Kristen Williams prayed for a miracle. Then one day, she received a call from an adoption agency in India, which told her that she had been cleared for adoption from the country, but only if she adopted a child with special needs.
Ms Williams says the call left her overwhelmed, but she soon received a second phone call – this one from her mother. “I took a deep breath and said, ‘Mom, I’m going to be a mom to a special baby!’ In that split second, I had made my decision,” she said.
Two weeks later, the Cincinnati teacher came across the profile of Munni, a five-year-old girl who had behavioural issues because of abuse faced at the hands of previous caretakers. She had a smile that Ms Williams says “jolted” her, and she decided to adopt Munni.
Her father wasn’t too thrilled — “Why aren’t you adopting a white baby?” he asked her — but when Ms Williams was short of a few thousands to pay the agency, he stepped up to help her out.
Munni finally came home on Valentine’s Day in 2013 – and her bond with her mother grew as she did. But as she watched Munni grow up, Ms Williams realised she did not want her to be a single child, and so she geared up for her second adoption.
“A week later my agent called and said, ‘There’s a 22 months old girl. She’s healthy, but she doesn’t have a nose. Do you want to pursue this?'” she revealed.
That’s how Kristen Williams first heard of Roopa, a little girl who had been abandoned on the street by her parents and attacked by dogs before she was discovered. A year after she received the phone call, with all formalities completed, she brought Roopa home to the US.
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