Monday, June 19, 2006

Alabama adoption stories

Two dads from the same town describe their adoption and fatherhood experiences:

Finding fatherhood: Local families adopt from China
“It’s the most gratifying, tiring work you can ever do.”

This is how Rich Hall of Athens sums up his view of fatherhood.

Hall and his wife Amy, both in their late 30s, became parents in September of 2000, traveling to China to pick up the 9-month-old baby girl they would name Katie...

Another Athens dad, Jerry Gray, seems to feel the same way about his role as father.

“I’m a daddy, that’s all there is to it,” Gray said. “I’m a daddy.”

Though he’s 20 years Hall’s senior, Gray tackles fatherhood just as wholeheartedly.

He and his wife, Thersa, traveled to China to adopt Tonya in 1998 when she was 13 months old. Now 9, Tonya is big sister to 20-month-old Gracie Mei, who joined the family from China last August.


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