Adrianne and Jason Stewart visited the Philippines in 2015 to adopt another child, they felt an urgent sense to adopt someone with special needs. Hence, they adopted then 6-month-old Maria, who was born without arms and legs but loves to smile, at the Chosen Children Village in Cavite.
“We saw her photo and fell in love with her beautiful smile. We applied to adopt her through our agency here in the [United] States,” Adrienne said in an e-mail interview.
Now turning 3 years old, Maria proves to be an definite source of bliss and hope for the Utah-based couple.
|Maria and her brother|
“Special needs adoption has changed our family forever. When we found our daughter we did not think that we were qualified or prepared enough to parent a child like her, a child born without arms and legs, but we knew that we could love her and that loving her was what mattered most...
She has given us far more than we will ever give her..."- Adrianne
"She is so full of joy and light and is an inspiration to all who meet her. We put limits on her abilities and then we see her doing exactly what we thought she was not capable of. The most important thing she has taught us is that we are all so much more capable than we think we are.” -Adrianne; Maria's mother
|The Stewarts family|
Adrianne and Jason have documented their daughter’s growth through video blogs on YouTube and the family’s Facebook page.
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