An adoption story.

Cindy Boyer was browsing through online profiles of children with no families when she stumbled upon a little girl from Russia. 

An adoption advocacy organization, Reece’s Rainbow, had named the girl Adalyn. She is a year and a half old, has short hair, dark eyes, and a bilateral cleft lip, gum and palate. 

Cindy stopped scrolling. She stared at the picture. 

Adalyn’s situation was all too familiar to her. 

“Immediately, I knew,” she said. “This is our baby.”

Click here to read the rest of the story, my latest feature for the paper. It’s online now and in print in tomorrow’s Hernando edition of the Tampa Bay Times.