Teenager Adopted from Foster Care after 13 Years

Apr 16, 2018 11:00 AM ET

Imagine all your major life milestones happening without your family there to celebrate.

That was life for 15-year-old Carlo. He entered foster care as a toddler and for 13 years was bounced home to home without the stability of a permanent address, let alone a loving, permanent family.

Finally, at age 15, with the help of a caring adoption recruiter, Carlo was adopted by the Hatla family. He has been a proud member of the family since November 2017 and his mom says he is “kind, smart and funny.”

We couldn’t be happier for Carlo, who now, finally has the family he deserves.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has one mission: to dramatically increase adoptions from foster care. We focus on older children, sibling groups and children with special needs who are often the most difficult to place. We need your support to continue this critical work. Learn more about how you can help us find loving homes for kids like Carlo at davethomasfoundation.org.