When couples try and fail to conceive a child, they feel devastated. Fortunately, there are always options, like adoption. There are so many kids out there who are just waiting for their forever family to swing by and adopt them. Unfortunately, we don’t always get to see the moment of pure joy on a child’s face when they learn they’re going to be part of a permanent family. But this is not one of those times. The story you’re about to read is about a Colombian boy who falls to pieces when he realizes he’s no longer going to be alone in this world. Grab a box of tissues because this one’s a real tearjerker.
They had four beautiful children and were pillars of their community. But in the summer of 2018, the family fostered a Colombian boy for an entire month. It was during that time that the Barkey family realized there was something missing in their lives.
Sebastian has no biological family. But the organization brought him and others to the US in the hopes of finding a permanent home for them. Sebastian wasn’t sure what to expect when he temporarily moved in with the Barkey family.
He recalls his childhood in South America fondly, but he loves all children regardless of where they’re from. However, as a dual citizen, he had the chance to give Sebastian something very special, which was a home.
He went hiking in the California mountains, experienced a baseball game, and went on a boat ride. The family wanted Sebastian to see what living in the United States was all about, and he certainly enjoyed every moment of it.
It became obvious to everyone that Sebastian fit in perfectly with the Barkey family. The couple definitely felt as though Sebastian was one of their own, but he wasn’t, at least, not yet.
He was caring, respectful, grateful, funny, and goofy, and they loved all of those things about him. The family grew sad when it was time to send Sebastian back to Colombia. But they weren’t about to say goodbye forever.
The Barkey family sat down with their kids to talk about adding a new member to the group. The kids loved the idea. So now, all they had to do was let Sebastian in on their life-altering plan.
Each sign had the Spanish word for Mama, Papa, brother, and sister. All they had to do was give him a buzz and surprise him. And it was quite a shock for Sebastian, who could barely contain his emotions.
Sebastian’s face crumpled instantly. There was so much joy in his expression that it is impossible not to cry.
**It was an unforgettable moment that was so beautiful. Everyone was crying tears of joy. Watch the heartwarming video below.**
They're hoping to bring Sebastian home in time to celebrate Christmas.
Unfortunately, the cost of foreign adoption is high, so the family set up a fundraiser to help cover some of the costs. You can help by making a donation to their GoFundMe page. The funds will help to cover the cost of Sebastian's adoption and 3 others — three of Sebastian's friends are currently in the adoption process.
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