Local family adopts abandoned Chinese boy, adjusting to new life

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GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. -- A Grain Valley family officially adopted a boy from China last month, and now everyone is adjusting to their new lives.

They told FOX 4 about life with their newest family member.

"Three, two, one, go!" Jason JiaJia Wilson said as he played with his new toys.

He's settling into his new home after Jeri and Brian adopted him on Jan. 8.

"He was sitting right inside the doorway as soon as we stepped in the doorway, he was right there, and he's like, 'hi!'" his mom, Jeri, said.

They Skyped a few times before they met, but his mom, Jeri, said the whole experience of meeting for the first time was surreal.

"About a half an hour into it, he's like, 'I'm ready to go,'" Jeri added.

The 9-year-old was anxious to get to America after years of living in a foster home with other orphans.

"We thought it was going to be a huge adjustment, that he would need time to get to know us all and bond," Wilson recalled.

She said he he fits in very well, and he's picking up English easily.

"People again, again, and again, throughout our trip have said, 'he's bonded so well with you guys; he acts like he's been with you forever,' and it's kind of what we feel like, even the day after we got him, we're like, 'it feels like we've been with him forever,'" Wilson said.

For the past month they've gone to church -- even some sporting events-- like the Mavericks game.

"It was so loud!" Jason exclaimed.

"Last night we went to the mall. He rode the carousel for the first time," Wilson said.

They've been going to a lot of doctors appointments for his spina bifida, and spending most of their time hanging out at home.

"I asked him the other day about talking to some of his friends that are still there, and he said no, he didn't want to. I don't know if it's because he's sad because he can't see them, or if he's just done and ready to move on," Wilson explained.

Wilson said the whole community has been very supportive.

The Wilsons are planning on moving into a new, more handicap-accessible home once they find out what his needs are.

"We've laughed and smiled and cried more happy tears in the last month than we have in a long time," Wilson added.

The foster home where he lived for nine years -- Alenah's Home -- set up Jia Jia's Wish Foundation, helps older kids that are still waiting to find forever homes.

That's what Jason told them he wished for before he left.

For more information,check out Alenah's home on Facebook.

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