Rebecca Schiavone with Buddy, Barbara, and Gregory Schiavone

Find Rebecca Schiavone’s display at The Highmark Caring Place, 620 Stanwix Street.

“My parents told me that it’s going to be a boy. According to my mom I said, ‘Oh, I’d play with him too, after a while.'”

We adopted my brother from China when I was in first grade. I remember our family had to fill out a lot of paperwork and we had interviews at our house. My mom, grandmother, and a family friend got to go to China to pick my brother up. On February 14th, 2011 he was adopted from an orphanage. The first time I met him was over video since me and my dad didn’t go with them. I was really happy. He was so energetic. The only thing he would eat is banana puffs. He was around 24 months.

When they finally came home on February 26th, we had a group waiting at the airport for them. My dad finally got to hold him. I was really happy. It was such an exciting moment. We got to go home. We had a big party waiting at our house. A couple days beforehand, we had gotten a bunch of trucks, cars, and other toys for him. The first thing he did was run over and play with them. It was such a happy experience for everyone.

I wanted a sibling. Most of the children adopted from China are girls, so we figured that we were getting a girl. Then they sent the paperwork back and it turned out he was a boy. We went to Eat ’n Park for dinner and my parents told me that it’s going to be a boy, instead. According to my mom I said, “Oh, I’d play with him too, after a while.” I was adopted too. A lot of people have questioned me about being adopted. It’s kind of hard to explain sometimes. I know he’s had some issues because he has cleft palate. I protect him.

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