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10/25/06-Whitehouse

East Texas Mother Shares Her Experience With International Adoption

You may have seen an emotional Madonna on Oprah Wednesday, saying she just wanted to give life to a child who otherwise would not have one.   The singer answered critics who charge, that her adoption of an African boy was illegal, and an abuse of her super-star status. Now Madonna fears her story will discourage others from overseas adoptions.  

Holly Boyd, of Whitehouse has two adopted children from Russia, Alli, 10 and  Nadia, 8. Holly and her husband Paul decided to adopt when they could not have children of their own. She says their love for Russia began when they started doing mission work there.

"We went to Siberia and we were able to work in the orphanages as a family," said Holly Boyd. "We were really won over by the children that we met there." Holly says she's not sure if Madonna abused her star-power to speed up the adoption process, but Holly understands why her own adoption took a year and a half.

"For a child to find a home is obviously the ultimate goal, but the fact that it does take a long time you know is a good thing because when you have a rush job a child may be placed in a situation that's not so good," said Holly. Iris Bolton of Christian Homes and Services, says there are more than 25,000 children in the United States waiting to be adopted.

"A child is a child to be loved no matter where they are," said Iris Bolton, Director of Services for Christian Homes and Services. "They are God's children, and I think from a personal stand point it's very important to take care of our own, but I think any child adopted by a family to be loved is very fortunate." Holly says she hopes Madonna's story will not discourage families from adopting.

"Adoption is family to us," said Holly. Paul and I would not have our family without adoption." Both Allie and Nadia were adopted when they were six and seven years old. Holly says she also wants to encourage families to adopt older children.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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