In honor of National Adoption Month, the Eugene Register-Guard featured the adoption story of a local Holt family. Four years ago, Colleen and Steve Thompson adopted their daughter Celia through the Waiting Child program, now the China Child of Promise program — an accelerated adoption process for children born with correctable, manageable conditions. Celia was born without the front of her foot, but during the adoption process she also developed a skin condition that proved more challenging to overcome. The Thompsons, already in love with Celia, took an inspired attitude to this unexpected development.
“Life is full of surprises,” Colleen says. “And it is like having children biologically — you don’t know how they are going to turn out, and what the challenges are going to be. I don’t see it as much different.”