DAVIDSON, Mich. — After sharing their wish to adopt a baby and watching it come true, a Michigan couple is thanking social media and a Missouri mother for the role they played in fulfilling their dream WJRT reports.
Brian Wildmo and Brad Mahon had served as foster parents for nearly year when they decided they wanted to adopt a child of their own WJRT reports. The couple decided it would be best to share their wishes through a GoFundMe page and Facebook page.
“We never expected this to happen,” Brian told WJRT.
“Social networking is just so powerful and that’s how it happened,” Brad added. “This lady in Missouri saw our page on the ‘Show Me Your Stethoscope’ and that was that.”
The couple told WJRT the page, Show Me Your Stethoscope, started as a way to support nurses after controversial comments were made on the ABC show “The View” about Miss. Colorado showing off her stethoscope during a pageant. Brian, who is a nurse, and Brad, who is an EMT, joined the group.
“It gained about 800,000 members in less than a week and that’s where we decided to post our Facebook page, and somebody saw it and connected us,” Brian said.
“Mother has spoke to us about a month before her due date, and we kind of lost contact so we thought it fizzled out,” Brad told WJRT. “And then one day Brian gets a call and this beautiful lady…she was in labor and she chose us.”
Brian immediately headed to Warrensburg, Mo., to meet Kennedy Rose, who was born March 8. Brad had to stay behind in Davison so he could reunite their foster child with her birth mother, WJRT reports.
Brad eventually arrived in Missouri to meet Kennedy, where a judge signed off on the interstate adoption, which made Brian and Brad Kennedy’s legal parents.
The couple says their story is one of love and patience.
Brad and Brian told WJRT they want to see a more uniform adoption process in the U.S., because right now different states have different rules.
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