Like many other couples, Lena and KC Currie shared a strong desire to start a family together. In fact, the pair decided to go down the adoption route in 2017, which led them to meet young Joey. And while he officially joined the Curries in March 2018, a call out of the blue proceeded to change their lives almost immediately.
Residents of Sudbury, Massachusetts, Lena and KC have been together for some time now. Indeed, the lovebirds tied the knot back in 2014, before planning the next step in their lives as a married couple. For KC, she already had a clear idea in mind, as we’re about to find out.
For as long as KC could remember, she had been desperate to adopt a child. In the end, that desire was still at the forefront of her mind after she married Lena. So together, the pair wanted to start a family and discussed the idea of adoption. Soon after, a significant event took place.
You see, in 2017 KC and Lena attended a special function, where they were shown a photograph of a little boy. As we mentioned earlier, his name was Joey, and they instantly fell in love with him. After that, the duo were introduced to the youngster, but neither of them could’ve predicted what transpired over the next two years.
As countless people would no doubt attest, parenthood is one of the most fulfilling jobs you can have. After all, you’re responsible for bringing up and shaping your child as a person throughout the early stages of their life. And while it’s a lot of work, the results can be incredibly rewarding.
So for those who want to have children, there are numerous ways to reach that goal. Natural conception is the obvious route for a lot of budding parents. However, there are others who might need to go down a different avenue for one reason or another.
Now, KC was one of those individuals, as she harbored a real desire to become an adoptive mother. Plying her trade as a teacher, the Sudbury resident already had plenty of experience around children. Meanwhile, her partner Lena soon warmed to the idea when they looked to add a new face to their clan.
For you see, the turning point came when Lena caught sight of some of the kids that needed new homes, which melted her heart. And the engineer went on to mirror KC’s passion for adoption. But like we previously mentioned, the breakthrough wasn’t made until 2017, some three years into their marriage.
So Lena and KC traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts, to attend a function about adoption. From there, the couple were handed the photograph of young Joey. Touchingly, he was said to be sporting a beaming smile in Batman pajamas while posing with an inflated balloon. As you can imagine, they couldn’t resist him.
Yes, reflecting on that moment, KC shared her thoughts with the Boston Herald in November 2019. “I wanted to scoop [Joey] up,” the teacher admitted. “I couldn’t believe that little guy needed someone.” As for Lena, she touched upon the initial conversation they had with the hosts of the event.
Now, the function was being supported by Children’s Friend, which forms part of the Seven Hills Foundation charity. “We saw a picture of Joey and Children’s Friend mentioned [it] would be a good match [for us],” Lena told Good Morning America in December 2019. “He was 18 months old at the time.”
Of course, KC and Lena weren’t the first prospective parents to be helped by Children’s Friend. In fact, the organization has been around for over 170 years, being established back in 1849 as “The Worcester Children’s Friend Society.” As the name suggests, the charity focused its attention on kids in need.
To explain more, the Children’s Friend Facebook page provided some additional background on its long history. The post read, “In 1851, our organization helped draft the first modern adoption legislation in the nation. A bill [that was] adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Later, we became a founding member of the Child Welfare League of America.”
In more recent times, Children’s Friend also established an important scheme for young pregnant women, as well as taking on another responsibility. Indeed, the organization was named as an official “child and family mental health clinic” in 1981. On that note, it now offers a whole host of different services.
That’s right, and the Seven Hills Foundation website listed a few of those services in a post celebrating Children’s Friend. It read, “What started as an orphan’s home has grown into an agency that provides adoption services, early education and care, mental health services, and peer support groups for grieving children and teens. Children’s Friend’s programs reflect the complex needs of contemporary families.”
So thanks to the efforts of Children’s Friend, Lena and KC were given an opportunity to realize their dream. For the engineer, though, it marked a significant personal moment in their mission to grow a family. According to her, the image of Joey sparked a strong maternal feeling inside her.
As Lena went on to explain to the MetroWest Daily News website, “[The photograph of Joey] put a face to what was an unknown. ‘Can we handle a child? What’s that child going to look like, what’s he going to act like?’ Seeing that photo, all of a sudden it didn’t matter – this was our child.”
When KC and Lena first saw the photograph, Joey was being cared for by a foster family. And once they showed an interest in adopting the youngster, the Sudbury residents went to visit him. Luckily for them, that initial meeting was a big success, as he warmed to his prospective parents very quickly.
In fact, Joey greeted KC and Lena by running over and giving them a huge hug as they entered the foster home. Furthermore, the toddler later snuggled up with Lena to read a book. “We were just like, ‘Yep. We’re taking him home,’” she recalled to the Boston Herald.
Off the back of that successful meeting, Lena and KC got their wish around two weeks later. Yes, Joey moved in with them. However, that didn’t signal the end of the process. For you see, while the trio were now living together, the adoption itself still needed to be confirmed.
But thankfully for Lena and KC, the big day arrived in March 2018. At that point, they could finally call Joey their son. Incredibly, though, the married couple were given a massive shock not long after their day in court. And it all started when they received a phone call back at their house.
As it turned out, Children’s Friend wanted to speak with KC and Lena about another adoption case. And in a touching turn of events, it involved Joey’s younger sibling Noah, who was just six weeks old at the time. With that in mind, the pair didn’t hesitate in sharing their response. “We immediately said, ‘Yes [we’ll take him],’”KC told Good Morning America.
Furthermore, in addition to Noah, Joey had a second younger brother named Logan. And much like Joey had in the past, Logan was staying with his own foster family. Now, this family were trying to adopt Logan themselves, having already established a bond with him.
But unfortunately for Logan, the adoption didn’t go through in the end, so he was back to square one. A few weeks on from that disappointment, Lena and KC then received another phone call, this time about Logan. Given what happened to him, and his relation to the two other boys, the parents knew what they needed to do.
“It was our gut-feeling,” KC told Good Morning America when reflecting on what happened. “We were going to end up saying yes because keeping the brothers together was really important to us. When they’re older and have questions, they’ll have each other to lean on and experience that ride together.”
So you’ve probably guessed it , Lena and KC welcomed Logan into their home, where he joined Joey and Noah. Amazingly, the pair were now responsible for three young boys under the age of four, which came with its own challenges. Teacher KC acknowledged that during an interview with the MassLive website.
“[Bringing Logan in] was the hardest decision for us, because they’re so close in age and we already had two,” KC told the site in November 2019. “And from knowing family members and friends that have three kids, that really seems to be where you enter into crazy land. You’re now outnumbered.”
Yet despite being “outnumbered” at home, KC and Lena continued to look after all three of the brothers. And following their time together as a family, the moms decided to make it official in November 2019. Indeed, they wanted to adopt the two younger boys now, too, choosing a very specific date.
You see, Lena and KC planned to welcome Noah and Logan into the Currie family on November 23, 2019. This marked National Adoption Day, an occasion that gives prospective parents a chance to adopt a child before the Thanksgiving holiday. To explain more, the event’s official website shared some information in an online post.
The post read, “National Adoption Day is a collective effort to raise awareness of the more than 125,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the United States. A coalition of national partners founded National Adoption Day.” At that stage, the website touched upon the very first event.
“On November 18, 2000,” the post added. “The coalition and the Freddie Mac Foundation encouraged nine cities to open their courts on or around the Saturday before Thanksgiving, to finalize and celebrate adoptions from foster care.” Some 19 years on from that, the idea was still going strong in America.
For instance, when KC and Lena planned to adopt Logan and Noah, close to 150 kids were set to go through the process in Massachusetts the same day. Remarkably, though, there are still over 1,300 children who are waiting for a family in the state. Keeping that in mind, an employee from Children’s Friend spoke about the situation.
Yes, Veronica Listerud, who’s involved with the adoption process, gave some insight during an interview with WCVB in November 2019. She said, “Lots of kids have lost families, or lots of kids come into care because families are struggling with substance abuse issues. So, adoption then becomes their option.”
Meanwhile, KC and Lena finally wrapped up the adoption of both Noah and Logan later that day. They were now a family of five, with teacher KC admitting that she couldn’t be happier. As she told Good Morning America, “It was nice to check off a box and make it true to the world. We are their family.”
While Lena and KC were clearly delighted, Listerud was also very happy with what had happened. For you see, she wanted more people to adopt “sibling groups” going forward, claiming that those numbers had to improve. Then the Children’s Friend worker revealed the benefits that come with welcoming siblings into your home.
“The best predictor for kids is a stable loving home,” Listerud told the MetroWest Daily News website. “Given how young [Joey, Logan and Noah] are, the intervention came at a great time for these kids. KC and Lena are open and willing to do whatever they can do to meet the needs of these kids.”
And Listerud’s thoughts on the matter didn’t conclude there, as she spoke with Good Morning America. She added, “It’s what you want to see happen. They’re a wonderful family. They’re flexible – they really understand the kids’ needs, the importance of maintaining sibling relationships and the long-term impact of that.”
As for life at home, KC and Lena have established their roles with their three adopted children. For you see, the former is referred to as mama, while the latter goes by mommy. And the pair also noted how much work goes into looking after kids that age, yet KC didn’t have any complaints.
Furthermore, Lena was much the same in that regard, but she had one last thing to say about their incredible journey. By watching Joey, Logan and Noah’s brotherly bond up close, the engineer reiterated the importance of adopting siblings. In her mind, the boys now have a bright future due to their growing relationship.
“[Joey, Logan and Noah] deserve this childhood together,” Lena told the MetroWest Daily News website. “Right now, they already rely on each other so much and they’re so little. We can already see when they’re in middle and high school, they’ll probably be each other’s best friends because they’re so close together in age.”