After years of rejection from a number of families because she doesn’t have a nose, a 3-year-old girl’s wait for a family finally came to an end after an Ohio teacher adopted her.
According to the New York Daily News, 44-year-old Kristen Williams is a single teacher who had been trying to adopt a child since 2009.
“I was looking through the lists and lists of children up for adoption on my computer screen from an agency and there were just so many,” Williams stated.
“It was heartbreaking to see how many girls need a loving home in India. But I suddenly felt this pull for this little girl. Her name was Munni and she was just 5 years old at the time. I don’t know what it was but we connected. I just knew she was my daughter, I felt we had to be together and I got the ball rolling.”
After years of paperwork and processing, Williams finally became an adoptive parent to a beautiful little girl named Munni on February 14, 2013.
“I call her my forever valentine,” Williams stated. “It was such a special day. I was so blessed. She opened my eyes to so much.”
However, her days of adopting weren’t over. After receiving a call from her social worker about a little girl who had been rejected since birth because she doesn’t have a nose, Williams became interested.
The superintendent of Kutch Mahila Kalyan Kendra center warned Williams of Durga’s condition.
She stated as follows.
“Her nose was badly nibbled by insects and she was very weak and we were afraid she wouldn’t survive. We tried our best to take good care of her and we used to feed her with cotton balls soaked in milk.”
It didn’t matter to Williams, though. Once she saw pictures of little Durga, she knew she had to start the adopting process right away.
Williams said, “I cried straight away. This gorgeous little girl with such beautiful eyes had suffered so much. Munni looked at her photo and said, ‘Is that my little sister?’ I said yes immediately. The case worker asked if I needed 24 hours to think about it but I said no, not needed.”
After the paperwork and processing were over, Durga went home to her new mother and 8-year-old sister Munni in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Ohio teacher took some time off from work to spend time with her daughters.
“I look at my girls and I’m so happy. I had set out to adopt a child but this journey has brought me so much more. I feel so much love for my girls. They’re my world and I can’t wait to start our lives together. To call them my family just fills me with joy.”
[Image courtesy of New York Daily News]