It was February, 2005, Broderick and Tabbotha McGee already had two children, but were considering adopting a foster child; 4 year old Shavalya, or Sha as they call her. At that time, Broderick told us, "We just thought it was an opportunity for us to give a child a chance."
Now, two years later, Sha is officially a part of their family. "She has adapted very well, better than we expected and we just thank God for that," says Tabbotha.
"A lot of times we'll be out somewhere and people will say, 'Oh, she looks just like her mom.' I say, 'Yes, she really does.' They don't ever know that she was adopted," explains Broderick.
"I like staying here with my family and stuff and I love my sister and brother and I love them and I love my mommy and my daddy and my whole family," says Sha with a sweet, soft voice.
Sha's big sister is 11 years old Natori. "I really love her and I just want her to know I'm not here to hurt her I'm here to help her with her life and protect her from all harm."
7 year old Kelton is her big brother. He remembers the day his parents told him he was getting another sister. "It made me feel really good and special and loving my parents," he says.
Sha has changed since finding her forever family. She's learned how to share, how to laugh again and most of all, how to love. "She's loved us just as much as we've loved her. It's great to see that," says Tabbotha. Broderick adds, "She's my little girl."
The McGees are giving Sha a good Christian foundation upon which to grow. Broderick says, "There are so many kids that don't have a home and don't have family to love them, to nourish them and it just gives you a sense of well being, of living to be able to provide a child a home."
And that sibling bond has definitely been formed. "It means a lot to me and she's my little sister and I love her," says Kelton."
Sha looks at her new brother and sister and, with a big smile, says, "I love you." Natori is quick to reply, "I love you, too."
Sha has changed this family's life and they encourage others to consider sharing the Gift of Love. Broderick says, "Adoption is a wonderful thing it really is."
The McGee's may be growing again. They are now considering adopting a little boy.
If you'd like to know more about fostering or adopting, call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-kids-275.